Vinyl siding is generally considered maintenance-free but it’s not completely maintenance-free. In order to maintain its fresh appearance, it’s necessary to wash the vinyl siding every year. But the main thing to ask here is “Can you paint the Vinyl Siding”?
Vinyl siding comes in colors that are more or less permanent. But over time, the color can fade and the worst situation arises when there is an uneven spread of faded color due to the different proportions of sun exposure.
Yes, you can paint vinyl siding. But there are some rules and good general practices to follow when painting your vinyl siding.
Things to consider before painting Vinyl Siding
Here are a few things to consider before painting Vinyl Siding:
Check the warranty of your Vinyl Siding
Before you start making up your mind for painting the vinyl siding. Take a moment and check whether the warranty is still active and if it is, make sure that painting the siding won’t void the warranty. Even if the warranty allows painting, make sure you comply with any other specific requirement, such as the type and color of the paint.
Use of Primer
There are different opinions on the use of the primer. Primer is a preparatory coating put on materials to be painted. It is put on to make sure better adhesion of paint to the surfaces. So, if you’re planning to use a primer to the surface make sure that it is warranted by the condition of the siding.
For example, use a primer if the siding is deteriorated or shows signs of severe weathering. A more simple solution is to follow the guidelines of the paint manufacturer. Keep in mind that paint is going to stick to the layer directly beneath it whether it is the siding or the primer. Now, if you use primer, make sure that it is formulated in a way to stick to the paint.
Consider thermal expansion when painting
Thermal Expansion is one of the most important things to consider when painting the siding, as the vinyl sidings are designed in such a way that they slide back and forth at its overlapping seams, moving with the expansion and contraction of the material.
Therefore, when the siding contracts in winter, you may see a slight color gap at the overlapping seams. Make sure to paint such that no such possibility occurs in winters.
Choose the color wisely
Now on to the final consideration, the color of the paint. Each type of vinyl siding is suitable for some specific amount of heat. Dark colors absorb more heat than the light ones, so, never choose a color that is darker than the original siding color.
How can you paint your Vinyl Siding?
When talking about coloring vinyl siding, the choice of color plays an important part. You can’t use dark colors as they absorb too much heat and can lead to warping or buckling of the siding. Good thing is, quality paint manufacturers, offer paints specifically formulated for vinyl siding i.e safe for the sidings.
Before getting into the step by step guide to painting your vinyl siding, let’s see what kind of tools and supplies are needed for this job.
- Garden hose and spray nozzle
- Laundry detergent
- General-purpose cleaning powder
- Oxygen bleach
- Soft-bristle brush, sponges, or rags
- Painter’s tape
- Masking material
- Paint roller with 1/2-inch nap roller covers or spray paint equipment
Here’s are some steps you need to follow to paint your siding.
Mix the cleaner
Make a cleaning solution and stir that solution well in a bucket. You need these things to make the solution.
- 1/3 cup of powdered laundry detergent
- 2/3 cup of powdered household cleaner
- 2/3 cup of oxygen bleach
All the above-mentioned quantities are for one gallon of water. Stir this solution well and use it to clean the siding.
Clean the siding
Wash out the siding with clean water from a garden hose. Then remove any kind of dirt, grease, or chalkiness, by hand-scrubbing the siding with a soft-bristled brush, a sponge, or a rag.
Hand-scrubbing the siding is much better and efficient than pressure washing. Rinse the siding immediately after scrubbing. Then leave the siding to dry before moving to the next step.
Mask the areas you don’t want to be painted
Use masking paper or plastic sheet to mask off any areas you don’t want to be painted, such as doors, windows, trim, or hardware. Now that everything is clean and set, you can finally start the process.
*Prime the Siding*
It’s an optional step, only use a primer if the warranty allows it. You can apply the primer to the surfaces which you are going to paint using a paint sprayer, a roller, or a paintbrush. In case you are using a roller or a sprayer, always use a back brush.
What’s a back brush? Use a brush following the sprayer or roller to ensure the full coverage and to remove any drips. Now, let the primer dry for the time period as instructed by the manufacturer.
Apply the paint
Paint the clean and un-masked surfaces with an even coat of paint using the same techniques you did to apply the primer. Let the first coat dry as per its instructed time period. Then apply the second coat as well and let that dry too.
Clean up the site
After the paint is dried, remove the masking material and give final detailed touches to the siding.