How To Fix Winter Vinyl Fencing Damage With Spray Foam

Posted on: 4 December 2014

Vinyl fencing is oftentimes chosen because of its durability. Unfortunately, cold winter temperatures can make the vinyl fencing more brittle and easily cracked or broken. The fencing that could withstand the blow of a baseball in the summer now cracks from a smashing snowball. If your vinyl fence has been cracked or has a hole in it, you can make the repairs easily without any professional help. Here, you will learn how to repair the winter damage on your vinyl fence.

Step 1: Use a little bit of rubbing alcohol on a clean rag to wipe the area that needs to be repaired. Rubbing alcohol will safely remove any residue that could prevent the products in the following steps from adhering to the surface.

Use fine grit sandpaper to gently sand the surface around the damaged area. Wipe away the dust from sanding using the alcohol treated rag.

Note: Using rubbing alcohol to clean the surface is beneficial because it does not freeze and will quickly dry.

Step 2: Insert the nozzle of the spray foam insulation into the hole and fill the hole with the foam. Continue filling the hole until the foam begins to seep out around the nozzle. Let the foam harden overnight before you proceed to the next steps.

Note: If the weather is forecasting precipitation, cover the area with a garbage bag or sheet of plastic to protect it from the moisture.

Step 3: Use a sharp knife or saw to cut off the excess spray foam. Do your best to trim the foam as evenly to the surface of the fence as possible. This will help reduce the amount of work you have to do in the following steps.

Step 4: Use fine grit sandpaper to sand the surface smooth. Wipe away the dust with a rag that is slightly dampened with rubbing alcohol.

Step 5: Use a small amount of fiberglass auto body filler to cover the area. Skim the filler onto the area using a plastic putty knife and smooth it out. Let the filler dry for the length of time instructed by the manufacturer. Once it has dried, sand the filler using coarse sandpaper and finishing with fine grit sandpaper.

Step 6: Spray the area with primer followed by a coat of paint. If one coat of paint does not cover the area effectively, apply a second coat after the first coat has dried. Apply as many coats of paint as are necessary, sanding between each layer.

Once you have completed this repair, you will not even notice the damage that was done by the overthrown snowball. If you cannot seem to make the repairs on your own, talk with your local fencing contractor, such as Rhino Fence & Rail, about professional assistance.