Durable vinyl fencing can last for many years. While this is good for your wallet, since you won't be paying for frequent replacements, it can become boring from a design standpoint. If your home's exterior décor and siding color has changed, you may be feeling the urge to also update your vinyl fence. The good news is that it is possible to paint vinyl, so you can have the update you desire without the cost of replacement. The following guide can help.
Check the warranty
Before you decide to paint, check with the warranty for your fence. If you fence is still within the warranty period, then painting it may void the warranty, since this may be seen as compromising the surface of the vinyl. The good news is that the warranty may cover a replacement if the reason you want to paint is because the original color has faded or discolored.
Get it clean
The paint won't adhere evenly to a dirty fence. Fortunately, vinyl is really easy to clean. You can generally clean it with just a sharp spray from the garden hose. Use a soft-bristled brush to dislodge any dirt in the joints or stuck to the fence. Once clean, let it dry thoroughly before proceeding.
Use a primer
A primer will serve two purposes on vinyl. First, it will help cover the old color so it doesn't bleed through the new color. This is especially important if you are painting the fence a lighter color than it was previously. To this end, when choosing primer, pick one that matches the color you are painting the fence – so a light primer for a light color and a darker primer for a dark color of paint. The primer also provides a coating that the paint can adhere to better than it can to bare vinyl. Choose an epoxy primer that is formulated for vinyl or plastic.
Choose the right paint
Just like the primer, epoxy is the way to go for painting vinyl. This is because it adheres better to smooth, nonabsorbent surfaces. You can use a brush-on or a spray-on product. If you opt for brush-on, foam paint rollers work well since they won't leave behind visible brush strokes. Apply two coats, allowing each to dry thoroughly before applying the next.
For more help with updating a vinyl fence, contact a fencing contractor such as Family Fence Company.