Fixing The Winter Holes In Your Vinyl Fence
Winter can cause a lot of damage to vinyl fences. Limbs fall from trees, ice falls from limbs and snow plows blast the fence with ice and snow from off the roads and driveway. If your vinyl fence has holes in it, don't worry; you can fix those holes and make it appear as if the damage never happened in the first place.
- Spray Foam Insulation
- Spray Primer and Paint
- Plastic Body Filler
- Putty Knife
- Sandpaper – Fine and Medium Grit
- Clean Towels
Plan the Project
You will need a couple of days of dry weather to complete this project. Plan the project for two days in which no rain is forecast for your area.
Prep the Area
Clean the area of fence that you are repairing using clean cloths and warm water. If the area is extremely dirty, use a mild detergent to clean and then rinse the area. Let the area dry completely before you proceed.
Fill the Hole
Filling the hole is much easier than you might think. A little spray foam insulation will go a long way. Simply insert the nozzle of the insulation into the hole and fill it until it begins to swell out of the hole. Now you do nothing but wait until the foam hardens – read the label to find out the hardening time of the product you are using.
Smooth the Surface
After the insulation has hardened, use the handsaw to carefully cut off the excess insulation, trying to keep the finish as flush with the fencing material as possible. Now, sand the surface with medium-grit sandpaper. Wipe with a clean cloth.
Finish the Repair
Use plastic body filler to cover the area and create a flawless finish. Skim it over the patch and over the areas just around where the hole once was. Let the putty harden and set. Sand the surface using medium-grit sandpaper followed by fine-grit. Wipe the surface clean.
Spray the area with primer and let it dry. Follow up with a coat or two of paint.
If you can see any imperfections in the finish, sand the area and repeat the priming and painting steps.
Your fence can look as good as new with a little bit of work. If you don't feel comfortable making this repair on your own, talk with your fencing contractor--such as one from Askatu Construction--for assistance. But don't wait too long; leaving that hole will make your fence more susceptible to further damage.