Painting Vinyl Siding
When it comes to home exteriors, vinyl siding is a preference for many families. This is not just because of its low maintenance, but also because of its aesthetic value pocket-friendliness. However, this does not mean vinyl will always remain brand new without wearing out. Or sometimes you will just get bored with the colour and decide you need a new look.
To be honest, this can be a big project and will need quite a time. However, the techniques to be used are no more different than the usual painting methods. Besides, when you paint vinyl siding yourself, you will be able to save way more money than when you hire someone or a service company to do it for you.
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Choose favourable weather
Yes, you need to ensure your weather is pleasant for the project. By a favourable weather condition, I mean mild temperatures and overcast sky and relatively low humidity. If you cannot tell by just studying the natural weather indicators, you can check with your weather forecaster. You can do this either online or in person, to know the weather condition. This is important because if the weather becomes unfavourable, that is, extremely windy, sunny or hot, the vinyl paint will be interfered with. The results will, therefore, not be as desirable and long-lasting as you would wish.
Choose the right paint
Another critical step is to choose your products. In painting vinyl siding, the skills matter, and so do the products you use. The paint should:
- Be able to stick; therefore, it should contain acrylic and urethane resins. The ingredients also allow for the expansion and contraction of vinyl.
- Be of a lighter colour shade than the initial one. If not, then you should go with the same shade because dark colours are good heat retainers. They ultimately lead to premature warping faster than the lighter colours.
Prepare the surface to be painted
Before finally getting to the painting part, you need to ensure the vinyl surface is clean. Do this by running a hose carefully over the vinyl siding. This will help to get rid of all the mildew, mould, chalky build-up and probably debris. This step is very critical in ensuring your final results are impeccable and of high aesthetic value as well as durable.
The best products to use for cleaning should be laundry detergent, powdered household cleaner, laundry bleach, and water. After cleaning using a soft-bristled brush, let the surface dry.
Primer is usually referred to as the introduction since it begins the whole process. While it is not very necessary, you should consider it since it will enhance better results, especially if your vinyl siding has pores or pits.
Evenly add a layer of paint on the vinyl siding. You can either use a roller or a sprayer for the open surface and brushwork for the edges. Avoid using too much paint in one place, but also ensure you coat everywhere. Take a few moments to let the first layer of the paint to dry off, almost entirely. Now add another layer, making sure you use the same amount of paint for the whole surface.
Leave the second layer to dry completely, and this usually takes roughly one day.
Clean your equipment
The job is not considered complete until you clean your equipment. Using the directions provided on the manual, wash your rollers, your painting brushes and other equipment you have used with clean water. Leave the equipment to dry completely before packing them.
Now, most people spend a lot of money hiring people to do their vinyl siding. However, that is not necessary because this is one of the easiest Do It Yourself tasks from which you can save a lot of money. The trick is to choose the right weather, choose the right products, choose the right equipment, and of course, follow this step by step guide.
You do not have to be stuck with your worn out vinyl siding, and neither do should you spend a lot of money on it.