Checklist for Painting Vinyl Siding
Let’s say your maintenance-free vinyl siding
finally requires a new paint job. A couple years ago, that would have been a
very dicey situation. Today, with advances in acrylic latex paints, the job has
become much more doable. If you need to paint vinyl siding, here’s a quick check
list to follow.
the experts. Find out what you’re up against before you paint. If you don’t,
it might just be waste of your time and money. Vinyl can
be very fickle if you don’t follow specific guidelines for painting.
the surface is always the first step when applying any paint or sealant. A high-pressure
sprayer is ideal for removing built up dirt, cobwebs, and perhaps even mildew.
Water and bleach will also eliminate mildew. A clean surface promotes better
- Let the
pros pick your paint. As I mentioned, the newest acrylic paints are designed to roll
with the punches. Vinyl expands and contracts depending on the temperature, and
that’s why it’s difficult to paint. Ask a paint expert about which
type of acrylic will work best for your siding. When you pick the paint, make
sure it’s a lighter color than the current siding. A darker color will absorb
more heat and that could cause the siding to buckle and warp.
begin painting, always start at the top and work your way down. A
ladder, rubber gloves, brushes, and rollers can be used to apply the paint. Try
not to paint in direct sunlight, this can cause cracking; overcast days are
better. It’s recommend that you apply two coats of paint and then regular
maintenance every 5 to 10 years.