How to Paint a Vinyl Fence

Posted on: 26 August 2015


Durable vinyl fencing is made to last, which is a major benefit for your wallet. This also means that the fence may not complement your landscaping in the future if your outdoor décor changes. Fortunately, it's possible to update your fence with a fresh coat of paint. Here is how to paint the fencing properly so it looks good and so the paint lasts a long time.

Before You Begin

Check with the fencing manufacturer or installer before you paint the fence. In some cases, making alterations, including paint, to the fence may void the warranty. In other cases, you may need to have the fence professionally painted to keep the warranty in effect.


  • Bucket

  • Sponge and soft-bristle brush

  • Primer formulated for vinyl

  • Exterior epoxy paint

  • Edging brush

  • Paint roller

  • Paint tray

  • Fine grit sandpaper

Painting Method

Step 1: Begin by washing the fencing thoroughly. Scrub gently with warm, soapy water and a large sponge. Use a scrub brush to remove stubborn dirt and debris. Avoid harsh abrasives, which can scratch the fence. Allow the fence to dry completely after rinsing it with clear water.

Step 2: Apply a single coat of primer to the fence. Use the paint roller on wide sections and an edging brush in narrow areas, such as between slats. Allow the primer to dry completely before moving on.

Step 3: Apply the first coat of the epoxy paint, using a clean roller and brush. Allow it to dry completely. You can also apply each coat of paint with a paint sprayer. If you opt for this route, cover the grass and any nearby landscape plants with a drop cloth to protect them from the overspray.

Step 4: Sand the first coat of paint lightly. Sanding removes minor imperfections and also makes the paint slightly rough, which helps future coats adhere. Apply two to three coats, allowing them to dry completely and then sanding them lightly between coats.

Application Tips

  • Use a light-colored primer if you are using a light paint color, or a darker primer for a darker paint color. By doing this, you will need fewer coats of paint to cover the fence evenly.

  • Keep a wet sponge nearby as you paint so you can wipe up any dribbles immediately, before they dry.

  • Place paint trays and paint rollers in a plastic bag and store them in the freezer while you are waiting for each coat to dry. Bring them back to room temperature and then continue painting. The combination of bag and freezer prevents the paint on the rollers and tray from drying.

For assistance, talk to a vinyl fencing professional like All Counties Fence and Supply.