Has your vinyl siding seen better days? Does it look dull and tired? Why not save some money by painting your vinyl siding? Painting vinyl siding is a cost-effective alternative to installing new siding.
If you are ready for your home to have an updated look but want to avoid the price tag of all new vinyl siding, consider giving your current siding a facelift. A new paint job can do wonders for the look and feel of your home.
If you are not sure where to begin and need some advice, give us a call at Select Painting. Our friendly, knowledgeable, and courteous staff would be more than happy to tackle the job or point you in the right direction.
If you need help choosing colors, our friends at Omorfia have years of experience giving color consultations. They specialize in bringing beauty to everyday life with colors to enhance your home.
Vinyl siding is an economical, low maintenance home siding choice making it popular with homeowners. The material and aesthetic of vinyl siding have greatly improved over the years, but vinyl siding is still not without flaws. Over time, as vinyl siding ages, it gets dull, faded, and worn.
Things to consider before painting your vinyl siding:
- Warranty. If your vinyl siding is still under warranty, you need to make sure that painting it won’t void your warranty
- Maintenance. If you paint vinyl siding multiple times, it may cause maintenance and durability issues depending on the quality of the work
- Adhesion. Vinyl siding must be cleaned appropriately and, or, painted with primer to ensure the paint will properly adhere to the vinyl
- Paint Color. You can not paint vinyl siding darker than the original shade of the siding, or you can alter the ability of the siding to absorb heat properly
- Expansion. Vinyl siding expands and contracts with the weather which will create periodic color discrepancies at the seams of the siding
Is Your Siding Worth Painting?
Make sure your vinyl siding is in good condition before you decide to paint it. Painting over damaged vinyl siding won’t fix existing problems and may, in fact, make them worse. To avoid wasting time and money, replace and repair any damaged vinyl siding before you begin your painting project.
Selecting the Right Paint
Choosing the correct paint for your vinyl siding will ensure the success of your project. The best type of paint to use on vinyl siding is a high-quality exterior acrylic paint. Acrylic latex paints will best adhere to the surface of vinyl siding. Acrylic latex paints remain flexible after drying, which is essential to vinyl siding because it expands and contracts with the changing temperature.
If you need help choosing a type of paint for your vinyl siding project, or any painting project, check with a professional. At Select Painting, we have the experience needed to ensure you have the right paint every time.
Work in Good Weather
Make sure you choose a day with a moderate temperature, no wind, and when it is not projected to rain, to start your project. Too much heat can affect paint adhesion, and wind or rain can make for a messy, uncomfortable, and unsuccessful project. Consult your weather source for the perfect day before beginning your painting project.
Prep the Surface
- Brush Off the Dirt, use a soft-bristled brush or broom with a long handle to clean webs and debris from the vinyl siding, cracks, and corners
- Wash the vinyl siding, use water and soap to remove any sticky film and dirt from the vinyl siding. Adding bleach to your cleaning solution can help kill any mold or mildew growing on the vinyl siding
- Though it is tempting to use a pressure washer, the high water pressure of a pressure washer can displace vinyl siding and seep into the wood behind the siding causing future problems with your siding
- Rinse, after you are finished cleaning the vinyl siding rinse off all the soap thoroughly and allow the vinyl siding to dry completely before painting
If you are painting aluminum or vinyl siding, you must use primer paint first to achieve proper paint adhesion. Acrylic bonding primer paint works best on vinyl siding and will make your paint last longer.
There are three methods for applying the paint: spray, brush, or roller. Spray painting requires the most technique and is best left to professionals. Brushes and rollers are much easier DIY painting methods. You will need to make a choice between the neat finish of a brush or the faster finish of a roller.
- Avoid sponge rollers as lamb’s wool paint rollers last longer and produce a cleaner finish than sponge paint rollers.
- Have multiple paint rollers in various lengths on hand. This allows you to reach every area and corner more easily.
- Brushes are best as brushes are easy to use, and they produce the best finish.
- Keep plenty of rags on hand, you’ll need them for cleaning up the mess.
Apply a Finishing Coat
There are a variety of paint finishes available but bear in mind high-gloss finishes can reflect too much light from the sun. Satin and eggshell finishes have reduced amounts of gloss and are typically easier to clean than high gloss finishes. Choose the best quality finish you can afford.
Check Your Work
There is always some touch-up work required after painting. Check to make sure you got all of those awkward angles and corners and that you haven’t missed any random spots. If everything looks good, you’re finished.
Give Us a Call
Whether you chose to paint your vinyl siding yourself or you prefer to have it done professionally, give us a call. Would you like a free estimate or consultation? Do you have any questions or concerns? Our staff at Select Painting would be more than happy to help you get started on your next painting project.
We will help you plan out your project, prep your siding, and make sure every aspect of the job is completed to the highest standard.