Do’s and Don’ts For Color-Correcting Powder Coated Vinyl

Powder coating is a new technology in fencing that allows for an even, glossy coat that provides both protection from the elements and a long-lasting color. Typically applied to vinyl and metal fencing, this technology ensures a color that won’t scratch or fade over time. It is a similar process used for the painting of heavy machinery such as cars and home appliances. Just like your car, your powder-coated fence needs special care and maintenance to retain its finish. 

At FloriFence, we recommend powder coating for all vinyl and metal fences. This superior color coating offers many benefits for your fencing, including: 

  • Long-lasting color
  • Protection from the elements
  • Resistance to water damage
  • Resists scratching 
  • Minimal maintenance required
  • The eco-friendly process doesn’t emit VOCs

While powder-coated finishes are made to stand the test of time, they can occasionally become damaged from impact. After years of use, they may also experience chalking or lose gloss from the finish. If you notice these signs of wear, contact your FloriFence team about powder coating touch-ups. These do’s and don’ts will also guide you to ensuring you maintain your powder coating correctly and can repair any damaged without causing further damage to your fence: 

Do clean and inspect every 6 to 12 months. 

Powder-coated fences should still be cleaned every six months to a year in order to maintain their shine. An inspection should also be carried out to locate any signs of wear and tear, such as scratches or areas with hard-to-reach dirt and stains. 

Don’t use any harsh or acidic cleaners. 

Powder coating is strong, but it can be worn thin with the use of harsh chemical cleaners. Because it is so durable, you only need to use water and occasionally a gentle soap cleanser to remove stubborn stains. If you stay on top of your fence’s cleaning schedule, there should be no need for any harsh chemical cleaners on your fence. 

Do sand the scuffed or scratched vinyl before trying to touch it up. 

If you do ever need to touch up your vinyl fencing, you’ll need to remove the powder coating completely before touching it up. You cannot replace it with a new powder coat, but you can sand down the affected area and repair it with enamel paint or plastic spray paint. This will effectively blend into the powder-coated area and make your fence look good as new. 

Don’t apply touchup paint directly onto the sanded surface. 

Before you touch up your scratched powder coating, it’s important to fill any bumps or gaps in the surface with a primer. This will ensure a flat and even coat that will more easily blend into the powder-coated surface. You can use a variety of priming products for this step. 

If you need help retouching your powder-coated fence, contact FloriFence today! We are more than happy to help you restore your fence so it looks good as new. 

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