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How to Remove Graffiti from Vinyl Fencing

Graffiti on Vinyl FenceRecently we posted about how to remove graffiti from your cedar fence installation. Tri-Cities homeowners saw a wave of tagging during the past year, costing thousands of dollars in property damage, and many other Northwest communities also struggle with graffiti problems.

The process of removing graffiti differs depending on your fence materials. For removing spray paint from a vinyl fence installation, Tri-Cities and other Northwest homeowners should follow these steps:

Step 1: Brush lacquer thinner onto the painted area and let it sit for 10 minutes before rubbing it away with a clean rag. Rub in only one direction to avoid smearing the paint.

Step 2: Repeat step one until the graffiti is gone from your vinyl fencing.

Step 3: If the lacquer thinner doesn’t work, the paint may be acrylic-based. You can try removing it with a rag dipped in acetone instead; however, you should be aware that this will cause the affected area of vinyl fencing to look permanently dull.

Step 4: Spray your vinyl fencing with a liquid dishwashing solution, and wash it clean with a sponge. Rinse thoroughly to remove any remaining lacquer thinner.

Be careful when using chemicals on your vinyl fencing, as they can weaken the vinyl. Apply only what you need to remove the graffiti, and wash and rinse your fence immediately after.

[ photo by: That Irish SOB ]

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