5 Tips for Painting Siding

Painting siding is a great idea if you want to improve the appearance of your home. It also helps to protect the siding from damage caused by exposure to the elements. You can select whatever color that will help you achieve your desired color scheme for the exterior of your home. When properly painted, siding can help your home stand out amongst the rest. The 5 tips below will help you do a good job.

1.   Cleaning

A clean surface is vital for the success of a painting job. If you have to remove old paint, be sure to scrape it off completely across the entire surface. Give the siding a thorough wash with soap and a scrub brush. If you spot rust or mildew stains, clean these off with a safe product. Rinse the siding well to eliminate soap residues. You must allow about 48 hours for the siding to dry completely.

2.   When to Paint

It is best to paint during dry weather and when temperatures are above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This will ensure that the paint adheres well onto the siding. Begin after the morning dew has cleared and plan to stop by early evening so that the paint adheres well.

3.   Surface and Ground Preparation

Inspect your siding for areas that are in need of repair. Patch or fill holes with a material that is suitable for your siding. Sand the repaired area after is has dried completely to create a uniform appearance. Caulk cracks and joints with a paintable latex acrylic caulk. Use adequate drop cloths to cover garden beds and shrubs. Cover exterior surfaces that could get splattered with paint with painter’s tape. Put back loose nails. If you have faulty gutters or downspouts, you need to repair these before you paint. Take down any lighting fixtures so that they don’t get in your way when you paint.

4.   Order of Work

It is best to begin with the high sections first and paint in a horizontal manner. Position your ladder against the wall and paint the siding as far as your arm can extend on both sides. Do not try to reach beyond arm’s length on either side as it could result in an accidental fall. After you’ve painted one high section, climb down from your ladder. Position the ladder elsewhere so that you can proceed to paint another high section. This will form a continuous band with the previous section. Work in this manner until you’ve painted from one end across to the other end of the house. You can then work your way downwards.

5.   Paint Application

Begin with application of a primer that is suitable for your siding material. It is best to allow the primer to settle into the siding overnight. You can then paint the next day. Allow the first coat to dry completely over the entire side painted before you apply a second coat. This may require an overnight wait and will enable you to achieve a more uniform appearance. Once the second coat has dried well, you can apply a suitable finish for your siding material.