Don't like the color of your vinyl siding, but replacing it isn't in your budget? You can update your siding with a new color, but it's going to take work. You can paint over your vinyl siding to give it some new life, but the color choices are limited. You need to go with lighter colors on vinyl, as dark colors can fade or discolor in the sun. So if your vinyl is in good shape, go ahead and pick out a light paint color and update your siding. See below for what else you'll need and how to paint over your siding properly.
Here's What You'll Need:
- Exterior acrylic paint (the amount depends on the size of your home)
- Acrylic bonding primer
- 3" angled paintbrushes
- Drop cloths
- Painter's tape or masking tape
- Power washer
- First and foremost, you need to clean your siding. Use a power washer to remove dirt, mold, and mildew from the siding. If need be, you can use a mild detergent or vinyl siding cleaner to remove stains. If you don't, some stains may show through the paint later down the road. Be sure to also trim away shrubs, trees, or other growth away from the siding.
- Allow your siding to dry completely before beginning to paint. Give it a full day or two to dry and check the weather before beginning as well. You want a few good days (with no rain in the forecast) so that your siding has time to dry after painting.
- Spread your drop cloths out on the ground below where you are painting. This ensures paint drips and splatters won't get onto your sidewalk or other areas you don't really want paint to drip. Begin taping over trim, so you don't get paint onto these areas.
- Next, you'll start using the acrylic primer to prime your entire house. Work in smaller sections until you have covered the entire house and use a ladder to get to the higher portions of your home. Use the paintbrushes to get close to the trim and in between the siding laps, then use a roller for the rest of the siding. You can also use a paint sprayer if you know how to use one. With paint sprayers, you need to be sure you are applying paint evenly. Too much coverage can leave drip marks or uneven coloring.
- Allow the primer to dry completely, then begin painting the siding with the color you picked. Again, work in smaller sections, until you have painted all of your siding. After the first coat is dry (at least a day), you can apply a second coat if necessary.
Once the paint is dry, you can begin removing the tape from the trim pieces of your home. After your siding is dry, take a look at it at different times of the day (in the different light) to see if there are any areas you may have missed or that needs touching up.
If your vinyl siding is damaged with holes or cracks, painting may not be an option for you. In this case, contact a vinyl siding company to get quotes on new siding. Companies like Superior Products may be able to meet your needs in this area.