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Touch Up a Scuffed Vinyl Coated Chain-Link Fence

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Touch Up a Scuffed Vinyl Coated Chain-Link FenceFamily Handyman

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.

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Repainting vinyl-coated fence posts

Photo 1: Sand the area

Lightly scuff the vinyl and metal with 120-grit sandpaper. Then wipe with a tack cloth.

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 mechanism. Here are other repairs you can do on a chain link fence.

Required Materials for this Touch Up a Scuffed Vinyl Coated Chain-Link Fence Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.

  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Plastic spray paint
  • Spray cleaner