Vinyl siding was first introduced in the 1950s in an effort to provide homeowners with a versatile, durable, maintenance-free alternative to aluminium or wood. One of the most desirable features of this material is that it never needs painting, but for many homeowners that can also be its downfall. Whether the colour of your siding has faded or no longer suits your style, painting vinyl siding is a viable option that can enhance the beauty of your home and increase its value.

 

Can You Paint Vinyl Siding?

 

While it is possible to paint vinyl siding there are a few things to consider before you begin:

 

Warranty – If your siding is still under the manufacturer’s warranty check the fine print to ensure that painting won’t nullify the contract, and whether there are any guidelines you must adhere to.

Durability – Vinyl siding is exceptionally durable, but once the siding has been covered with one or more coats, durability and maintenance will depend on the quality and application of the paint.

Preparation – Whether or not you opt to use a primer coat, make sure the surface of the siding has been cleaned to ensure proper adhesion.

Colour – Different colors of siding are engineered to withstand various degrees of heat absorption, making it imperative that you choose a shade of paint that is no darker than the original.

Expansion – Changes in the weather can cause your vinyl siding to expand and contract, and overlapping seams permit this movement to take place. This can result in periodic color discrepancies at the seams which should be expected.

 

Tips for Painting Vinyl Siding

General Tips for Success

Avoid painting on days when it is humid, windy, or excessively hot.
Choose a paint that is formulated for use on vinyl siding.
Clean the surface of the vinyl thoroughly.
Apply primer if needed, followed by two coats of paint.

You’ll Need:

  • Water hose and spray nozzle, or a power washer
  • Cleaning solution:
    One gallon of water
    One quart liquid bleach
    One-third cup laundry detergent
    Two-thirds cup powdered household cleaner
  • Bucket
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Rags
  • Painter’s tape
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Paint brushes, rollers, and/or paint sprayer
  • Primer
  • Exterior paint suitable for vinyl siding

Step One: Clean

Combine the ingredients for your cleaning solution in a bucket, and spray the siding using a spray nozzle or power washer to remove any loose dirt or mildew. Next, dip the brush into the solution and begin scrubbing the dirt from the surface and seams of your siding. Work in manageable sections and rinse thoroughly as you go.

Step Two: Protect

Use plastic sheeting and tape to protect vulnerable elements of your home such as doors and windows.

Step Three: Prime

Primer isn’t always needed for vinyl siding, but if there is surface damage, the color is peeling, or the color has worn away it is recommended. Allow for drying time according to the manufacturer’s directions before applying paint.

Step Four: Paint

Paint your siding using a paint sprayer or roller, and cutting in around window and door frames with a brush. Apply two thin coats, allowing ample drying time in between them.

For all your interior and exterior painting needs contact Melbourne Quick Painting & Decorating .

Melbourne Quick Painting & Decorating is providing all sorts of painting, tiling and decorating services.

If you are at Abercairn Dr, below is the best way to visit us.

Melbourne Quick Painting & Decorating

3 Dewpoint Cres
Hampton Park VIC 3976
0415 649 603

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