Keep your vinyl coated chain-link fence rust-free and looking as good as new by touching up scratches and scrapes with plastic paint. Here's how to do it.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:February 2014
Lightly scuff the vinyl and metal with 120-grit sandpaper. Then wipe with a
Apply a first coat of plastic paint and allow it to set up the recommended
time shown on the label. Then apply a finish coat.
Vinyl-clad chain-link fence keeps its appearance for a long time. But the vinyl can
get scuffed and worn where the gate latch locks onto the post. The repair is a little
tricky because you're trying to paint over vinyl and metal. If you use a spray paint
formulated for metal, it won't bond well to the vinyl. Instead, coat the damaged
area with spray paint specifically designed for plastic (Krylon Fusion is one brand).
Start by cleaning the damaged area and beyond with a household spray cleaner.
Then rough up the surface (Photo 1). Finish the repair with special plastic paint
(Photo 2). Let the repair dry at least 24 hours before operating the gate latch
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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