How to Clean Tire Marks off of a White Vinyl Fence

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Things You'll Need

  • Rough-textured cloth

  • Lacquer thinner

  • Medium-bristled brush (optional)

  • Dishwashing liquid

  • Quart-size spray bottle

  • Sponge (optional)

  • Water hose


Lacquer thinner is flammable. Always wear gloves and safety glasses when working with flammable solutions.

White vinyl fences make a pristine backdrop to a lawn, but without proper maintenance, the fence can grow dull and stained, marring its original beauty. When mowing the lawn, sometimes homeowners mow too close to the fence, and the tires leave ugly rubber marks on the pretty white vinyl. Soap and water usually won't remove the marks, but that doesn't mean you're stuck with them. Cleaning tire marks off a white vinyl fence is an easy job that most homeowners can manage.


Step 1

Dampen one end of a rough-textured cloth with lacquer thinner.

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Step 2

Rub the tire marks with the cloth until you remove all the marks. If the marks are stubborn, apply the lacquer thinner with the rag and use a medium-bristled scrub brush to scrub the marks from the fence.

Step 3

Pour 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid into a quart-size spray bottle and fill the remainder of the bottle with hot water.

Step 4

Shake the contents of the spray bottle well and spray the cleaner on the section of the fence where you removed the tire marks.


Step 5

Wash the section with a rag or sponge to make sure all the lacquer thinner is completely removed.

Step 6

Rinse the section with your water hose. Make sure you remove all the soap from the section or it will collect dirt.



Kaye Morris

Kaye Morris has over four years of technical writing experience as a curriculum design specialist and is a published fiction author. She has over 20 years of real estate development experience and received her Bachelor of Science in accounting from McNeese State University along with minors in programming and English.