The most important thing about painting vinyl siding is to make sure that the surface of the vinyl is completely clean, dry and dust-free. There are a few different ways to clean vinyl siding, but I prefer using a scrubbing brush and dish detergent. As a pre-wash, I will connect the garden hose to a hot water spigot and use vinyl siding cleaner that connects to the other end of the hose and you just spray the cleaning solution on with the hot water from the garden hose. I will then drag out the bucket and scrubbing brush. This is the best way to get it completely clean.
Some people prefer to use power washers. If you want to use a pressure sprayer, be sure that you spray in a downward direction. Spraying upward from the ground will fill the weep holes in the siding full of water taking several days to dry and it will leave dirty water trails running down the siding. Siding is made to shed water in a downward direction. As long as you remember that, you'll be just fine.
Once the siding is completely clean and dry, you can apply the paint. Most types of vinyl siding paint have to be applied in temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit and less than 90 degrees Fahrenheit. They also need at least two days of warm temperatures to dry thoroughly.
You can apply the paint with a sprayer, roller, or a brush. It doesn't matter. The paint will go on smooth because of the surface of the vinyl. Two coats are desirable but not completely necessary. One point to remember is that you will be applying the paint when the vinyl is fully expanded. That means that when it contracts in colder temperatures, it will leave unpainted strips at every seam. That's why it's important to lift each seam and paint under it about one inch under the overlap seam.
Allow the paint to dry for about two days before touching it. It's best to avoid extremely hot temperatures when applying the paint. If all these tips are followed, your vinyl siding paint project should yield great results.You can jump to Larry's personal site here.
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Larry does an excellent job laying out the case for painting vinyl, but I want to emphasize one point. As he says, the vinyl expands and contracts. It is very important to paint behind the overlap, but this is also difficult to do well. The paint will want to bridge between the siding planks. This is bad.
If the paint bridges, or seals the two planks together, when the contraction occurs this paint will get stretched out, it will tend to pull away from the vinyl, and it will look like a raggedy mess.
I address these problems with painting vinyl siding in a separate article, where I also explain how to avoid paint bridging problem
So, before you commit to painting your entire house you might want to try it out in some hidden corner first. Or, if having it done professionally, ask for a referral to someone who has had it done previously.
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