How to Paint Vinyl Siding

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Can I paint it?

If you look at your Malvern home’s tired vinyl siding and wonder, “Can I just paint over this?” the simple answer is: YES!

Some people may hesitate to paint their home, wondering if it will be worth their while. With a few guidelines, there is no reason why you would not be as pleased with your efforts as you would hiring a professional!

First Stop: Pick a Color!

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Since vinyl will not allow the paint to be absorbed into its surface, look for a high quality paint that is intended for use on vinyl home exteriors. Select a paint formulated for vinyl, one that combines urethane and acrylic resins for maximum gripping strength and long-lasting color. This should be water-based, asoil will damage your siding. Talk to the professionals at your paint store for guidance on coverage and the number of coats required.

To go from a darker to lighter color, remember to apply a light-toned primer first. This will give the new, light-colored paint a vibrant undercoat that helps hide the old, dark color.

Second Stop: Prepare the Surface

Very little priming is necessary for your painting endeavor. Some paint companies provide a specially-formulated cleaner that will be gentle enough to use on your home. For really strong adhesion between the new paint and the old vinyl, hand scrub the siding with a plastic bristle brush, soap, and water. Rinse thoroughly. Avoid pressure-washing, which will drive water behind the vinyl and may lead to mold growth.

Third Stop: Paint Away!

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Pretty self-explanatory. Paint evenly, and finish before inclement weather hits!

Remember: Vinyl responds to temperature fluctuations by expanding and contracting, a process known as thermal expansion. If you paint your vinyl during the hottest days of summer, you may see thin lines of old color appear near the seams when the vinyl contracts from colder temperatures.

Final Thoughts

Repainting old vinyl on your Malvern home is a huge project that may, depending on the overall condition of your siding, yield mixed results. Your home is your showpiece. Make sure that the underlying material is worth the investment of your labors, and check up on the latest in newly formulated vinyl or even fiber cement. Certitude Home Improvement can help you maximize your home fix-up efforts, and ensure that you have the materials you need to get the job done well.

Contact Certitude Home Improvement to learn more about the different siding choices available to homeowners today.

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