Vinyl Siding Painting Tips

Exterior Painting | May 20, 2021

Vinyl is a popular and budget-friendly siding choice for home exteriors. It is typically easy to maintain and can be used for homes of all sizes but, like any other material, it can fade and degrade over time. If your vinyl siding is starting to look aged or you simply want to change the colour, painting is the perfect solution. Though vinyl can be painted, there are several things to keep in mind to ensure optimal results. As leading providers of quality exterior painting solutions, the team at Dunbar Painting has provided some key vinyl siding painting tips to help you get the job done right.

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Tips for Painting Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding requires a few unique considerations to ensure even paint coverage and lasting results. When painting vinyl siding, ensure that you:

Use Paint That is Safe for Vinyl

Vinyl absorbs heat differently compared to wood and stucco. This can result in warping and damage if the incorrect type of paint is used. Certain types of paint must be used when painting vinyl siding. Paints containing acrylic and urethane resins help the paint stick to the vinyl and accommodate the expansion/contraction of vinyl due to temperature changes. Aura from Benjamin Moore is a great product for vinyl, though it should be the same shade or a lighter colour than your current siding. Darker colours can increase heat absorption, accelerating wear and increasing maintenance requirements.

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Thoroughly Clean the Surface Before Painting

As a general rule, any surface should be completely clean before applying paint. Dirt, mold, and mildew can reduce adhesion and lead to uneven coverage. Your vinyl siding should be thoroughly cleaned with soap and water to ensure that all debris is removed. Pressure washing is a viable method for cleaning vinyl, but it is important to ensure that you use a low-pressure nozzle to prevent damage.

Work Only in Suitable Weather

When it comes to exterior painting, weather can affect the adhesion, coverage, and durability of the paint. If it is raining, snowing, or exceptionally hot outside, you should wait until the weather is more suitable for the project. Mild temperatures, low humidity, and an overcast sky are the ideal weather conditions for painting vinyl siding.

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Though these tips can make the job easier, painting your vinyl siding is a large, difficult, and time-consuming task. To ensure that the job is done right, get in touch with the experts at Dunbar Painting through our online contact form.