So you have a problem with your vinyl fence. There is no need to hire an expensive contractor. This repair can be an easy do it yourself job. Vinyl fences are very popular and add a very attractive quality to the appearance of a home. They are also low maintenance. They are generally made of non-porous material that is easy to clean. This makes the fence more durable, and it will not crack because of water freezing in the grain, as other fences do. While this type of fence is low maintenance, there are some situations where a little work is required. You may need to repair a crack or hole in your vinyl fence.
The first step in repair is to clean the fence. The section where the problem is located should be cleaned before beginning the job. It should be free of any dirt or debris. This can be done with a clean cloth accompanied by a cleaning solution. A recommended cleaning solution is one made of water and dish detergent. After this, you should rinse the fence off in its entirety, and dry the area with another separate cloth.
The next step is to sand the whole or crack int the fence. The easiest way to do this is by obtaining a piece of medium grit sandpaper and wrapping around a small block of wood securely. Using an electric sander will cause unnecessary damage. It may even cause gouging of the vinyl or removing material that does not need to be removed. The goal here is only to smooth out any edges around the hole or burs that may be near the area. Rubbing the sandpaper with an area of about 3 inches should be good enough to continue with the repair.
Filling a hole should be done with expanding foam. If the hole is larger than one inch, this is the way to go to repair it. Spraying the foam directly in the hole and filling in as much of the fence as you can will ensure a great repair. The foam should be sprayed slowly to make sure it has time to expand. The foam should be allowed to dry overnight before continuing the repair process.
The expanding foam will need to be sawed off the next day. This step can be done with a small handsaw, where you will remove the excess foam from the fence. It is best to cut as close to the fence as possible. Next, sand the foam and smooth out the surface. You should concave the foam to form an inward dent in the fence. After the sanding is complete, you should clean the fence the same way as before the repair. Looking at the concave indent that was made during the sanding, the plastic filler can be used to fill the hole and smooth out the surface of the fence. Finally, you should sand and paint the repaired area to make sure it look uniform with the rest of the fence. This do it yourself repair will be sure to last, and is easy and low-cost.