How To Paint Your Vinyl Siding

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You can paint wood siding and aluminum siding, but did you know that you can also paint your vinyl siding? Why would you want to paint your siding? For starters, if your siding is in good shape and is simply faded by the sun, or you just want to change the color, you can paint it rather than replace it. Painting your siding can also help to add curb appeal if you are planning on selling your home. See below for instructions on how to paint your vinyl siding.

Materials You'll Need:

  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Scrub brush
  • Acrylic paint and primer for exterior use
  • Paintbrushes and rollers
  • Masking tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Ladder

Instructions:

  1. You'll need to start by cleaning your siding before you can paint it. Cleaning your siding first will help ensure the paint will bond properly to your siding. You can use a solution of three parts vinegar and six parts water in a bucket. Use the scrub brush to scrub your siding with the solution to get rid of dirt, grime and mildew that has built up over the years. Work in smaller sections and then rinse when done. Continue going along until the siding is completely clean. You may need a ladder to get in higher areas of your home. 
  2. Be sure to allow your siding to dry completely before trying to paint it. Give it a minimum of 24 hours to dry out.
  3. Before painting, be sure to use your masking tape to tape off any area you do not want painted, such as trim, brick or rock, soffit and fascia. You can also lay out drop cloths in the area you will be working to ensure paint doesn't splatter or spill on your sidewalk, driveway or patio.
  4. Stir your acrylic primer thoroughly before using it, then begin applying it to your siding using the brushes and rollers you purchased. Be sure to get into the grooves of the siding and the underside of each siding piece. Work all the way around your home until you are finished priming.
  5. Allow the primer to dry for at least 24 hours before painting your siding. If you are going to be using the same rollers and brushes to paint your house, be sure to clean them and allow them to also dry for 24 hours.
  6. Begin painting your siding using your rollers and brushes in the same manner you primed. Work in small sections and be sure to get into all of the grooves and the underside of your siding pieces. Roll and brush your paint evenly. Allow the first coat of paint to dry for 24 hours and then apply a second coat of paint.

If you notice any drip marks around your home after it's dry, you can lightly sand it to even it out, then apply a coat of paint in that area.

Painting your siding is time consuming, but it's not difficult to do. It's worth the effort and time, and you'll love the results. If your siding is not in good enough shape to paint, i.e., it is damaged, cracked or warped; replacing it is probably a better option. Contact Bramble Builders, Inc to get estimates on having your siding replaced.

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