If you’re like most homeowners, you probably had some kind of fence installed on your property. There are many different types and styles of fences to choose from, but vinyl is by far the most popular and affordable.
However, as with any other type of fencing, there may come a time when it needs some repairs or renovations. When this happens, you’ll need to learn how to paint vinyl fences. While it’s not too difficult once you get started, here are a few things that can make the job go more smoothly:
1) Start by thoroughly cleaning off your fence with soap and water using a sponge mop or just a wet cloth – whatever works best for you – then let dry completely. You can also use TSP (trisodium phosphate), which is available at most hardware stores. Make sure to follow the instructions on the bottle for the best results.
2) Now, you’ll want to lightly sand your fence until it’s smooth – this step is only necessary if the dirt has not come off completely in step 1, or if your fence is very old and needs a more thorough cleaning. Otherwise, you can skip ahead to step 4. Be sure to wear rubber gloves for this task!
3) Next, use a primer designed especially for fencing; this will help ensure that your paint bonds well with your surface and prevents peeling and chipping later on down the road (very important). You can find pre-made fence primers at any home improvement store.
4) Once your primer is dry, it’s time to paint! Be sure to read the label on your can of paint – some paints need to be applied in several thin layers while others may only require one thick coat. Let each layer dry completely before applying another so that you don’t cause any peeling or wrinkling.
5) After your fence is complete, be sure not to let anyone lean against it until it’s had time to fully cure – this could damage the paint and reduce its lifespan. A good rule of thumb would be about 48 hours after painting (better safe than sorry!).
What kind of paint do you use on a vinyl fence?
There are few different types of paints you can use on your vinyl fence. One option is to paint it with an oil-based paint which will give it the most protection from the sun and rain. However, if you are looking for something that’s more environmentally friendly, then latex house paints would probably be better suited for your vinyl fence because they are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Whatever type of paint you decide to choose make sure that the surface is clean – free from any dirt or grime and dry before painting – and follow all manufacturers instructions. How often should a vinyl fence be painted?
What kind of primer to use on vinyl fencing?
Use a primer that is compatible with both oil- and water-based paints, such as BIN by Zinsser or Universal 1 by Benjamin Moore & Co., says Bill Salley, owner of Painting Contractor in Fairfax Station, VA. “The one suggested by the manufacturer may be their best seller,” he explains, “but does not combine well with other oil- and water-based products.” Don’t use alkyd primer on vinyl fences because oil-based products can “block” the pores in rubber or vinyl and prevent the paint from adhering.
How often should a vinyl fence be painted?
Vinyl fences should be painted every two years. The best time of year to paint a vinyl fence is in early spring or late fall. Late fall will give the paint job time to cure and dry before winter, but if you wait until early spring, there won’t be any bugs on the fence besides the usual birds pecking for scraps. If you paint your vinyl fence too early or too late, then the paint will have poor adhesion and it will chip easily.
Do not over-water your paint job as this can also affect the adhesion of your fence paint and cause it to bubble and peel. You should also make sure that all cracks, crevices and areas where there was rot are repaired before painting. This will give an even finish and extend the life of your vinyl fence. Once the patchwork is done, you should consider using a stiff brush to clean off any loose dirt before applying new primer (if necessary).
Now that you know how to paint a vinyl fence, go ahead and get started; with a little bit of time and effort, you’ll find that your fence can look like new again in no time!