Learning how to paint vinyl siding
When you understand how to paint vinyl siding for residential applications you can save a lot of money and do the job right.
One of the most common questions I get asked is if we can paint vinyl siding. If you asked me that three years ago, I would have said, “It’s not recommended”. Things are different now.
There are now many different types of paint that allows for the expansion and contraction characteristics of vinyl siding. One of the old rules for painting vinyl also no longer applies. It was important not to select a color that was darker than the color of the current vinyl.
You can choose about any color that you want. It’s usually a good idea to stay away from really dark colors as this encourages a greater temperature fluctuation which makes the vinyl expand.
A good rule of thumb to remember when washing vinyl siding is to spray downward from above. The vinyl is made to shed water in a downward pattern.
You will most likely be painting your siding in the summer when the vinyl is fully expanded. I assume this because the paint can’t be applied in temperatures less than 40 degrees and it needs 2 days to dry at temperatures above 40 degrees.
Remember that the vinyl is expanded and in the colder months it will contract. You will need to lift each seam where the siding overlaps and paint under the seam about an inch into the overlap.
If you forget to do this, your siding will have unpainted spots in the winter and your neighbors will make fun of you and say really cruel things. Just sayin….
You can see how the older siding has faded. The new paint makes the home look new again. It makes such a big difference.
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