How To Paint Vinyl Siding?
What is Vinyl Siding?
Vinyl Siding is a plastic siding that can be installed on the exterior of any house. Long strips of PVC are combined to form an outer shield for the house, and the cladding can be used for decoration purposes also. Vinyl Siding the most opts for exterior selections as it’s very economical and requires less maintenance.
Can You Paint Vinyl Siding?
In due time, the siding fades out or becomes worn out. When the siding fades out, the often concern of the homeowners is that “Can I paint the vinyl siding?“. Most of the people come to a conclusion that vinyl siding cannot be painted and thus go for changing the faded vinyl siding. However, Vinyl Sidings can be painted and can be repaired. Vinyl has the property of contracting and expanding depending on the temperature. So all types of paint will not go well with the vinyl siding. But Painting vinyl has its benefits and beautifies the exterior of your home.
Best Paint for Vinyl Siding
Vinyl expands and contracts when there are climatic changes, and this might create gaps at the seams. So the Paint to be used for vinyl siding is to be selected very carefully. Every type of vinyl is designed to absorb a certain amount of heat from the surroundings. So the light paint colors should be chosen for the sidings. If dark colors are selected, the heat absorbed would be more as dark colors would absorb more heat. This overheating causes the vinyl to warp or buckle.
Type of Paint to be Used
Now in the market, a wide range of vinyl-safe colors are also present to reduce the heat absorption of sidings. Many of these types of paints are a mix of urethane and acrylic resins. The combination of these paints gives more flexibility and excellent adhesion.
Painting Vinyl Siding
Applying paint to the vinyl siding improves the durability of the siding and also adds beauty to the exterior of your house. It is easy to paint the siding as it is effortless to clean and paint dries quickly. The other advantage is that the siding does not retain moisture.
Follow these 4 Simple Steps to Paint your Vinyl Siding
Before starting the actual painting process, you have to remove all the debris and dust present on the surface of the siding. Using a scrub or by power wash, you could clean the surface and remove all the dirt, mildew, chalking and other residues.
The vinyl surface does not need priming but if the surface is degraded, pitted, porus and the original color is worn away, then you should use a primer. The primer makes the surface ready for the paint.
Paint Selection :
As said above, Use special exterior paints like latex for the vinyl sidings. The specific compounds in the paint have elastic property, and this helps the color to remain on the surface and withstand the contrast and expanding property of the vinyl siding. Other paints do not have this property and get cracks in no time.
Applying the Paint:
- Use a roller or sprayer to apply the paint on the surface of the siding.
- Apply the paint evenly on the surface. Be sure that the paint layer is not too thick.
- The corners of the siding can be painted with a paintbrush.
- After the first coating completely gets dried, apply the second coat.
Benefits of Painting Vinyl Siding
- Restores the weathered or faded sidings.
- Improves the curb appeal of the exterior of your home.
- Helps in protecting the siding from harsh environmental elements.
Painting vinyl siding is not a complicated task; you don’t need to be fear of doing it. But it requires few days, some professional tools and some labor to get the job done right.
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