Homeowners love vinyl siding because it’s relatively maintenance-free. But what stands out is the fact that it doesn’t require painting since the color is embedded. It makes it more permanent.
However, the color can lose some of its shine over time due to exposure. When this happens, homeowners don’t know what to do, since many assume you can’t paint over vinyl siding. They are wrong!
With the right kind of paint and color, you can return the vinyl siding to its former splendor or create a whole new look. And here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Check the Warranty
If you’re the one who bought the siding, check the warranty first. It’s possible that painting over the siding will void the warranty, in case you still have time left on it. If it’s okay to paint the siding, check for any provisions regarding the type of paint or color you can use.
Step 2: Clean the Siding
It’s critical to clean the vinyl siding before painting to avoid any staining. Make sure to remove any dirt, chalk, mildew, and dust, so the surface has as much adhesiveness as possible. To do this, you can either scrub by hand or use power washing with a pressure hose.
Step 3: Prime the Siding
It’s up to you to decide whether you will use a primer or not. Some best practices from experts suggest they use a primer in all cases, while others use primer only when the conditions of the siding call for it.
It includes using primer when siding is in a state of deterioration caused by the elements. However, the best practice is to follow the guidelines on the label issued by the paint manufacturer.
Step 4: Choose the Color
When it comes to color, it’s important to note that different types of vinyl siding can absorb only a specific amount of heat. Since dark colors reflect fewer heat waves, avoid choosing tones darker than the original color as this can cause the siding to warp or buckle.
Step 5: Choose the Paint
Use paint specially formulated for vinyl siding. When you visit a home improvement supply store, find a product which is labeled “vinyl safe.” These paints are a mixture of urethane and acrylic resin which provides its adhesive properties and make it more flexible.
Step 6: Paint the Siding
There is no right or wrong way to paint vinyl siding as it’s so forgiving. You can use some hand brushes (with or without a roller), or electric spray equipment. All you need to do is ensure full coverage.
Step 7: Call a Professional
Keep in mind that even though there is no unique technique for painting vinyl siding, it is still tricky and backbreaking work. If you are doing it alone, the process can last several weeks. So, in case you are pressed for time, it might be a good idea to hire a professional.
Here at 1-800-HANSONS, we are here to help you! Once you decide to change the look of your vinyl siding, our team of trained professionals can work with you from the first appointment until you are fully satisfied with the final result.
Contact us now to schedule a FREE estimate with us and give your home a complete makeover we know you’ll love.