Repainting vinyl-coated fence posts
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Photo 1: Sand the area
Lightly scuff the vinyl and metal with 120-grit sandpaper. Then wipe with a
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Photo 2: Coat with paint
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