Aluminum fencing lasts a long time, but at some point, it can begin to rust and cause holes to form which can make the fencing less sturdy. Here, you'll learn how to fix those holes and get a few more years of use out of your aluminum fencing.
- Dish soap
- Sandpaper – fine and coarse-grit
- Steel clamp
- Paint brush
- Tin snips
- Paint brush and metal paint or spray paint
- Propane torch
- Aluminum sheet
- Fill the bucket with hot water and a bit of dish soap. Use the sponge to clean the area in which you will be repairing. Take your time to ensure that you've removed all of the dirt and debris that will hinder repairs. Rinse the area.
- Use the tin snips to trim away any sharp edges around the hole. Failure to do so will result in a lumpy finish when the repairs are complete.
- Read the instructions on the epoxy and mix it as directed. Apply a thin coat to the area as smoothly as you can. An extra minute smoothing it now will save you time in sanding later.
- Once the epoxy has cured, sand the area. Wipe away the dust and let the area dry.
- Apply a coat of metal paint or spray paint the area.
- Use the same preparation techniques as you would small holes.
- Measure the size of the hole and use tin snips to cut a patch from a sheet of aluminum. The patch needs to be about one inch larger than the hole on each side.
- Use the clamp to clamp the patch to the fence and light up the torch. Weld the patch to the fencing and allow it to cool for several minutes before continuing.
- Once cooled, use the coarse-grit sandpaper to smooth the area. Wipe away the dust with a damp cloth and allow the area to dry.
- Apply a coat of primer followed by at least two coats of metal paint or spray paint.
If you have many holes growing in your aluminum fencing, it's time to talk to a company like Town & Country Fence to learn about replacing sections or the entire fence before things get too bad. He or she will assist you in determining the best course of action to take to ensure your property is protected by the fencing that you choose while maintaining a beautiful look around your home.