Vinyl siding is a popular home exterior choice for homeowners, as it looks good and is much more affordable than other materials. What’s more is that manufacturing methods have advanced to the point where vinyl siding requires little maintenance.
But with that being said, nothing lasts forever – and there will come a time when the vinyl color begins to wear or fade after being subjected to Mother Nature. When this occurs, don’t think that the only option is to have the vinyl siding in question completely replaced. A better option is to simply repaint it.
Yes, to answer the question posed in the title, you can paint vinyl siding. And while some homeowners may be overwhelmed just by the thought of painting outdoors and taking on a task so extensive, the job is not as difficult as you may think. What’s more is that the end result is very satisfying and long-lasting – if you do it right. Here’s a look at the steps to take when your vinyl siding needs to be spruced up:
- Get the right paint: Get a paint that contains acrylic and urethane resins. This type of paint helps accommodate vinyl’s expansion or contraction and also helps the coating stick to the material. Always choose a lighter color than the existing siding color, as dark colors retain heat and are thereby more prone to warping.
- Prep the surface: Before you apply the paint, it’s important to prep the vinyl. Do this by removing all debris from its surface by using a brush and cleaning solution. After that, rinse away any remaining residue with a garden hose and allow the siding to dry before painting.
- Paint: Now it’s time to paint. Unless the previous coat of paint has completely faded, you can skip the primer. Just opt for a paint roller or sprayer and work to evenly coat the surface of the vinyl (use a brush for edges and corners). Under most circumstances, all it takes is two coats of paint to adequately get the job done.
One more thing – be sure to check the weather report before painting your vinyl. You can likely complete this project over the course of a weekend, but the best weather to paint vinyl in (aside from dry weather, of course) are conditions that offer mild temperatures and low relative humidity. Temperatures that are too hot can actually cause the paint to adhere improperly to the vinyl, leading to premature chipping and flaking.
While painting vinyl siding may seem like a laborious task, the good news is that if it’s done correctly, the coat should last for about 10 years. For more information on this subject, contact us today.