How to Paint Vinyl Siding

What You'll Need
epoxy paint
paint tray
pressure washer
vinyl siding cleaner

There are many reasons to paint vinyl siding. Whether you are installing new siding and want to choose a color for it, or if your old vinyl siding's paint gets damaged, painting your vinyl siding effectively requires some planning and knowledge. However, painting vinyl siding is well within the capabilities of a prepared person with the right equipment, and can make a great project for people who like to work on their own homes. What follows should give you all of the information you need to paint vinyl siding.

Step 1 - Paint Selection

Selecting the correct paint to use is an important part of painting your vinyl siding. There are two important decisions you must make about your paint — what it is made out of, and what color it is. Paint that is intended for vinyl siding needs to have a certain amount of elasticity. This is because vinyl siding does a great deal of expanding and contracting as the temperature goes up and down. Paint that is put on vinyl siding that cannot tolerate this will quickly crack. Because of this, paint for vinyl siding should contain both acrylic and urethane resins.

Additionally, paint for vinyl siding should be light in color. This is because dark colored paint will absorb heat instead of reflecting it, which will cause the vinyl siding to expand even more than it normally would, damaging the paint and the siding itself.

Step 2 - Cleaning

If your vinyl siding is not clean when you paint it, the paint may not take hold as well as you want it to. Particles of dirt that are looser than the vinyl siding itself can cause problems with paint, so you want to be sure to do the best job possible cleaning your vinyl siding before painting it.

The best way to clean your vinyl siding before painting it is with a pressure washer loaded with vinyl siding cleaner. If you do not want to rent a pressure washer, you can get a similar effect with a garden hose attachment loaded with the same vinyl siding cleaner. Once you have gone over all of your vinyl siding with your choice of vinyl siding cleaner, wait 4 days for it to dry thoroughly.

Step 3 - Setup

After the 4 day period has gone by, check your vinyl siding to make sure it is thoroughly cleaned. Once you are satisfied that it is, use painter's tape to cover up any surfaces adjacent  to your vinyl siding that you do not want to paint over. Next, set up drop cloths under the areas you are going to paint. Before applying paint to your vinyl siding, shake it and stir it. Then, pour it into your tray in small amounts.

Step 4 - Painting

Start in a corner and paint with the grain of your vinyl siding. Apply paint until you cover the whole area. When you are finished, allow the paint to dry and then inspect your work. You should also apply a second coat for the best effect.