Most homes built today are built with a vinyl wrap window trim. In older homes vinyl replacement windows are popular because of their light weight and low cost. Vinyl used to wrap a window can become scratched or marred in some way over time. In most cases you will be able to repair these minor damages rather than have to replace the window. One of the best things about vinyl window wrap is the repair kits. Whatever has happened to the vinyl, there is generally a kit made to repair that exact problem. Follow a few simple steps and you will have your windows looking like new.
Step 1 – Clean the Windows and Vinyl Wrap
To make a quart of cleaning solution for the vinyl wrap, combine 1/4 cup of dishwashing soap and fill the remainder of the quart spray bottle with hot water. Begin at the top and spray the solution on the vinyl wrap trim. Use the soft bristle brush to remove any stubborn dirt. Rinse the window with clear water from another spray bottle or a garden hose. A solution of 1 1/3 cup of white vinegar and 2 2/3 cups of hot water in a spray bottle can be used to remove any soap residue and clean the windows. Rinse again with cold water. Allow the windows and vinyl trim to dry completely. Use a hair dryer on a low setting to any deep cuts in the vinyl, make sure they are free of water before beginning repairs.
Step 2 – Repair Gaps
You can repair any gaps in the wrap with a snap and seal strips. They come in a variety of lengths and widths. You bend the material remove the backing and snap the strip into the gap.
Step 3 – Repair Minor Cuts and Gouges
Repair a scratch buy applying the PVC liquid. Allow the liquid to dry and use the provided 3 grit file to smooth the glue. It will seem rough until you buff it with the provided buffing cloth. Follow all manufacturer instructions when working with PVC liquid. Take special note of the ventilation requirements when working with the PVC liquid.
Step 4 – Repair Deep Cuts or Scratches
For special situations where the vinyl wrap has been sliced you may need to use a liquid PVC vinyl weld. Vinyl weld comes in a tube with a very fine nozzle. You can purchase vinyl weld at a hardware store or online. However, most window companies carry color matched liquid vinyl weld. Follow all manufacturers’ instruction when using the vinyl weld. Always wear tight fitting protective goggles when working with any type of chemicals.
Step 5 – Replace Quick Caps
If you had to remove any screws in the vinyl wrap, you removed the quick caps covering the screw hole. Replace these caps with new ones.