Is Your Old Vinyl Siding Paintable? Let Us Show You How!
Vinyl siding is one of the most common and cost-effective exterior siding options. However, over time, it can appear worn and fading. Painting it may not have been a choice a few decades ago. However, thanks to advancements in siding and paint technologies, you can now paint vinyl siding rather than replacing it.
Painting a house is a large undertaking, but it is not unlike any other painting job. To get the best performance, you’ll need to be aware of a few vinyl-related tips.
It’s Best to Paint in the Right Weather
Check the weather forecast before you begin painting. The paint will not stick properly if the weather is too rainy, humid, or windy. Although it may appear to be well in the short term, it may crack or flake over time. So, what are the ideal circumstances for painting vinyl siding? Low humidity, mild temperatures, and an overcast sky.
Choose the Correct Paint
Vinyl siding needs a special form of paint for outdoor use: latex urethane paint. This is because certain types of resins are needed in order for the paint job to look nice and last, as vinyl expands and contracts.
You may even ask if your vinyl siding can be painted a darker hue. You should avoid going darker because dark colors absorb more heat than light colors. Instead, choose a hue that is the same shade as or lighter than your existing one.
Spray Off Dirt and Grime
Since vinyl is an outdoor product, it can accumulate a layer of soil, stains, and grime. Fill a pressure washer with a landscape-safe cleaning solution and giving the siding a thorough cleaning before painting. Hold the stream at eye level and point it straight at the siding if you’ve never used a pressure washer to clean siding before. Water can be driven behind the siding if you spray at an angle.
Apply Primer and Paint
Apply a coat of siding to the vinyl before painting it if the original stain has absolutely deteriorated or the siding is pitted. This can smooth out the siding and aid in the paint’s adhesion. If your siding, on the other hand, is in decent condition, you should start painting right away. Use a sprayer or roller to apply the colour, with a brush for corners and around windows and doors. It’s preferable to apply multiple thin coats rather than a single thick one.
Allow time for the first coat to dry before applying the second. Two coats are normally enough, so you can evaluate the job after the second coat to ensure you got the best results.
Of course, this is easier said than done. No matter how big or small the area, cleaning and painting is a huge project. So if you have “paint vinyl siding” on your project plan this year but you don’t know how to do it, our Melbourne based professional residential painters are ready to to help you.