Painting Vinyl Siding

Advances in technology have made the process of renovating your home easier because there are now more options for you to alter your family room, kitchen, bathroom or another room than ever before. There are more techniques and tools available than ever before, which has made complete home remodeling infinitely possible.

One of the techniques that would have been almost impossible ten years ago in that of painting vinyl siding. Paint just refused to stick to the vinyl before, but there are paints available that will adhere to the vinyl and will give you an edge when redecorating.

Painting vinyl siding has been especially difficult because of its behaviour in various weather conditions over any given period of time. It has a habit of contracting and expending, depending on whether it is in sunlight or in shade.

It expends in direct sunlight but contracts again when it begins to experience a little shade. Rain may not affect it, according to scientific study, but the damage to any paint is done as a result of its ongoing movement. This has cause regular exterior paints to flake off in the past, but not now!

Tips On Painting Vinyl Siding

Now that there are paints available that will remain bonded to the vinyl siding despite its constant shifting motion. Just covering the siding with a couple of coats of paint will have a good effect that will withstand the test of time now, but only if you follow the tips below. The process of painting vinyl siding and getting the paint to remain bonded is still a difficult task but not impossible if you are sure to do the following:

    1. Choose Your Colour Carefully – Even if the paint can withstand the shifting motion, it may not be able to withstand the temperatures that the vinyl will reach. It absorbs heat and so can actually be made worse by your choice of paint believe it or not! If you choose a dark colour then the vinyl will actually absorb more heat instead of reflecting it, which is what a lighter colour would encourage it to do. This will damage the vinyl itself. However, if you choose a lighter colour then you will protect your vinyl and the paint! The golden rule is do not use any colour shade that s darker than the original siding. Always use a lighter shade where possible and you can check on the depth of the shade with colour charts that can commonly be found in DIY stores.

    2. Choose Your Paint Carefully – Look at the labels of the paints that advertise the ability to stick to anything. They should have a few key ingredients. Urethane is a must on the ingredients list, and latex paint or acrylic resin is highly desirable. The latter is known for its ability to bond to any surface and remain bonded for quite some time, regardless of the conditions. If in doubt, ask the store assistants because they often have best guide materials and so on that they can use to make recommendations.

    3. Clean The Vinyl Siding – The best results when painting vinyl siding come from cleaning the surfaces before applying the paint of your choice. If you do not clean the surface then the paint will stick to the dirt and grime and not the vinyl itself. Use a sponge to wash the vinyl and then a damp cloth to remove any excess soap when you have finished. Avoid using jet washers and hoses because they can actually force water behind the vinyl and into the vinyl as well and this will reduce the effectiveness of the paint job.

    4. Check For Mildew – Any mildew or mold will reduce the effectiveness of the paint job as well. If there is mildew or mold there then you should always use oxygen bleach to get rid of it. Oxygen bleach is relatively kind to the vinyl and will not harm it as some other solutions would. The one solution you should avoid though is chlorine bleach, which can be highly damaging.