Tips to Prepare for Painting Vinyl Siding

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  • 2-50 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-1,000

Painting vinyl siding is easy, though you need to keep certain important aspects in mind. Vinyl sidings generally last a long time and the color stays relatively new. A newly installed siding looks pristine but over time you may get bored of the same color or the siding may start showing signs of wear and tear. In the current economic climate, opting to replace the siding may not be an option but you can still perk up your siding.

Step 1 - Prepare the Vinyl Siding for Paint

A clean surface is much easier to paint and doesn’t allow dirt and grime to form unflattering bumps. You cannot sand or scrub the vinyl as these will cause scratches and harm the material but you should make sure the surface is washed with soap and water thoroughly.

After the vinyl is washed you can get rid of mold and tougher grime with the help of bleach. Trisodium phosphate can be bought in the store and helps remove the shiny coating over the surface of the vinyl. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and get rid of the shine. Painting on the coated surface would be difficult unless you have paints that are specifically designed to cover glossy surfaces. After the entire cleaning procedure is complete and the vinyl dry you can prime the siding. Do not start painting until the primer is completely dry.

Step 2 - Choose the Paint for Vinyl Siding

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Before you attempt to paint vinyl siding, make sure you get a hue that is lighter than the original color and never darker. A darker paint can affect the insulation and warp the siding. Use acrylic-based paints as they will adhere to vinyl surfaces.

Good quality paint will last longer and the finish would be more pleasing to the eye. You may be able find paint specifically for vinyl in stores or ask the sales person for help if you are not sure. You can use brushes or spray cans.

Finally make sure you truly like the paint. Sometimes after the paint dries on the surface the hue changes slightly. Test out a tiny patch on the vinyl with sample paint. You can add various coats of paint until you get the perfect shade.

Step 3 - Paint the Vinyl Siding

Always paint when the temperature is mild, as extreme heat or cold can affect the drying process of the paint apart from leaving you feeling uncomfortable. You can start painting as soon as the primer is dry. Make sure you mask areas you want to protect from paint and cover the ground or greenery with sheets or newspapers.

Wear appropriate clothes and gloves as the paint will likely be difficult to rinse off. You can use brushes, rollers, or spray cans. Paint the vinyl siding evenly and wait for the paint to dry before painting another coat. You can buy protective or glossy coating to further improve your paint job. Apply these after the paint is completely dry.