Although a chain link fence finished with a vinyl-coating is exceptionally durable, it is possible for scratch marks and scuffs to develop at the point where the gate and post latch meet. This can cause the fence to become unsightly. Fortunately, with a little dexterity and patience, it is possible to repair this damage quickly and inexpensively. Let's look at the process involved.
Have The Right Equipment Ready
Rather than having to make a last minute trip to the store to collect the equipment, make sure you have rough grit hand sandpaper, a bottle of regular household cleaner, some warm water and a can of plastic spray paint. It is important to understand that using a metal spray paint will not properly bond to the vinyl coating. A much better repair job will be achieved by using a spray paint designed for plastic.
Clean And Sand The Area
You should start by applying some of the household cleaner to the damaged area of the fence. Thoroughly wipe away any debris so that the area, including a slight area around the actual damage, is clean. You can then use the rough grit sandpaper to remove the surface layer of paint. Depending on the location of the damage, this may take a little time and the ability to sand a hard to reach area. Once you have completed the sanding, the area should feel a little rough to the touch. This is the ideal condition for taking on a good layer of the plastic spray paint.
When the area has been prepared, carefully apply the first coating of the plastic spray paint. Follow the instructions on the can for spraying distance; it is usually best applied from a few inches away. Slowly and steadily cover the damaged area with an even coating of the plastic paint. Once done, you will be required to leave the paint to dry; this usually takes around twenty four hours or overnight. Do not use the fence or gate during this time, and lock the gate in place if necessary.
In most cases, it is necessary to apply a second coat of plastic spray paint to fully cover the damage and fully restore the look of the gate. Apply the second coat in the same manner as the first one and allow to dry. You can then use the gate as normal.
If you can't reach the damaged part to clean and sand, consider removing the gate from the hinges to allow you full access. For more information, contact a company like Amazing Fencing.