How to Fix Vinyl Skirting
Vinyl skirting is an essential component to the construction of any mobile home. The skirting — often white — covers the unsightly area below the home.
Things You Will Need
- Scraper or butter knife
- Rag or sponge
- Mineral spirits
- Lint-free cloth
- Vinyl repair tape
- Scissors or utility knife
Aside from being more aesthetically pleasing than a gaping hole, the skirting also provides protection, preventing animals from taking up residence beneath and accidents resulting from people crawling underneath to retrieve dropped objects. A hole in your vinyl skirting makes your home vulnerable in a number of ways and must be repaired quickly.
Clean the surface around the damaged area. Scrape off any caked-on dirt or mud with a scraper or butter knife. Wipe down the area with a rag or sponge dampened in mineral spirits to remove grease, oil, wax or tar.
Dry the surface with a lint-free cloth and inspect the area. Clean away any remaining contaminants. Ensure the surface is completely clean and dry before continuing.
Measure a piece of vinyl repair tape to fit over the damaged area. This tape should cover an extra 1 inch on all sides of the damage to fully seal the area. This tape is available from hardware and home improvement stores, as well as Internet retailers and mobile home specialists.
Cut the tape to fit over the damage with a pair or sharp scissors or a utility knife. If necessary, peel away the backing from the tape to bare the adhesive on the back of the tape.
Stick the tape over the damaged area and smooth it down firmly with your hands. Apply more pieces of tape as necessary to fully seal the damaged area.
The temperature of the vinyl skirting surface must be above freezing for the repair tape to stick.
- The temperature of the vinyl skirting surface must be above freezing for the repair tape to stick.
Samantha Volz has been involved in journalistic and informative writing for over eight years. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with a minor in European history. In college she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and completed a professional internship with the "Williamsport Sun-Gazette," serving as a full-time reporter. She resides in Horsham, Pennsylvania.