Vinyl is an extremely popular fencing material thanks to its combination of durability and affordability. When you compare it to other common materials used for fencing, such as wood, it requires much less time and effort to keep it looking good for many years into the future.
One of the benefits of vinyl is that you shouldn’t have to repaint nearly as frequently as you would with wood to keep it in tip-top shape. However, there may come a time when you wish to change the color of your vinyl fence, at which point painting will be necessary.
So, what are the best ways to do this? Here’s an overview of the best way to paint vinyl fences in Santa Clarita, CA.
Paint and surface preparation
Before you start any of the actual painting work, it’s important to make sure you are fully prepared for the job. The first step is making sure you have the right paint.
Because vinyl is a smooth, slick surface, you need to make sure you will have a paint that will actually adhere to it. This means choosing an epoxy-based product, as oil- and latex-based paints will end up peeling off rather quickly. Select the color of epoxy-based paint you wish to go with, and get enough to cover all of your fencing.
The other important step in preparing for the paint job is making sure the fence is clean. Dirt and grime buildup will prevent the paint from sticking to the fence. You should therefore rinse off your vinyl fence with a hose or pressure washer, then let it completely dry before you take any further action.
Priming the surface
You absolutely must add at least one layer of primer so you can make sure the paint goes on smoothly without any bubbles or cracks. Again, you must make sure any primer you use is designed for use on vinyl surfaces, and since it will be outside, it should also be mold and mildew resistant. Apply the primer with a combination of rollers and brushes, and let the primer completely dry before you move on to applying the paint.
Painting and sealing
You will use the same process to apply the paint to your vinyl fence that you used for applying the primer. Use rollers for larger areas and brushes for smaller, harder-to-reach areas. All layers should be even and reasonably dry before you apply a new layer. After you are satisfied with the appearance of the paint and have completed your final layer, allow it to dry and then use a high-gloss sealant to coat the fence. This will add some extra protection against the elements, preventing any fading or cracking of the paint that might otherwise occur.
Interested in learning more about how to paint vinyl fences in Santa Clarita, CA? We encourage you to contact the team at Vinyl Professionals, Inc. today with any questions you have. We will be happy to help you select the best paint for your job.