Vancouver Fence Installers Help Spruce Up the Chain-Link

As a Vancouver-based fence installation company, QS Fencing deal a lot with chain-link, and know they’re not the prettiest fences on the block. Over time it can get dingy and grimy looking. But with a little work you can keep it looking shiny and ready for the summer.

Look for any plant growth or remnants of plants left over from last year that might have woven itself into the fence. Pick the stems from around the links, or use a broom to brush them from the wires first. Once cleared, use a garden hose and power wash the dirt and debris along the fence bottom.

As the fence’s galvanized surface wears off, rust can become a problem, but it’s not as noticeable as iron rust and takes a different approach to clean. One trick is to use naval jelly. Apply with a paintbrush and let it sit for ten minutes, then wipe the jelly from the surface to remove the rust using a damp cloth.

Another type of cleaning can be made using baking soda, cream of tartar, and hydrogen peroxide. Combine a quarter cup baking soda and a teaspoon of cream of tartar into a bowl. Add hydrogen peroxide and stir it with a spoon until there is a thick paste. Spread over rust spots and let it sit. Then rinse the paste off and wipe with a clean, wet cloth.

Any mould found can be removed by rubbing the affected areas with a sponge soaked in white vinegar, as it will kill the mould and its spores without damaging skin.

Once any rust, mould, and other debris is removed, consider protecting the fence with a coat of rust-preventing paint. Don’t apply paint to a chain-link fence with a sprayer, as most of it will miss the fence entirely and spray the yard and vegetation. Instead, use a drop cloth under the fence and a long-napped paint roller to apply the paint.

If you have questions about metal fence repair and maintenance in Vancouver, contact QS Fencing at 604-345-5145.