Can You Paint Vinyl Siding?

You may be wondering if it is possible to paint vinyl siding. Maybe you want a new color, or maybe your vinyl siding’s color is starting to fade. The good news is that you can paint vinyl siding. As long as you follow the correct process, the painted siding will look wonderful.

A professional painter will use the following process to paint vinyl siding.

Prep Work to paint Vinyl siding

First, the siding will need to be cleaned thoroughly. All dirt and algae on the siding must be removed by a soft wash, so as not to damage the siding. The siding may need to be scrubbed with a brush to make sure all debris is removed. Then, the siding must be allowed to dry completely before the painting begins.

Next, the painter will remove all shutters or tape them off if removal is too difficult. All windows, doors, and fixtures will also be taped off. The tape must be pressed down firmly so that paint does not leak underneath the tape.

If the vinyl siding is very old or has a chalky surface, one more step needs to be done. The entire siding will need to be painted with a coat of good primer. Otherwise, the paint will be liable to flake off.

Choosing Paint for Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding expands in hot weather and contracts in cold weather, so the paint you choose must be able to expand and contract as well. High-quality urethane paint is best for vinyl siding. For best results, the paint should be lighter in color than the siding to prevent warping and flaking. However, if you must have a darker color, be sure to choose paint that is guaranteed to be vinyl-safe. This specialized paint is available from some manufacturers. You may want to make sure that the paint color you choose fits well into your neighborhood. Your neighbors will not appreciate it if you choose a wild, offbeat color.

Painting the Siding

Painting the siding can be done either with a sprayer or by hand. All materials and tools should be gathered beforehand, so as not to interrupt the painting process later. This includes a ladder, paint, paint trays, brushes, sprayer, drop cloths, and whatever else you may need. While painting, the pro will carefully cut in around all windows, doors, fixtures and trim work. If necessary, a second coat of paint may be applied. The trim and shutters will be painted a different color if desired.

After Painting Your Siding

After the paint is dry, the painting pro will reattach the shutters and anything else that was removed. The tape and plastic that was used to protect the doors, windows, and fixtures will be removed. If any spots were missed, touch-ups will be done before the project is complete.

Painting vinyl siding can be done, but it is a big job for a homeowner to tackle. If you want to be sure your painted vinyl siding looks flawless, it is best to call our team at Painters Knoxville to do the job. We will make sure the correct process is followed to produce a stellar result.