Painting Vinyl Siding: 3 Mistakes to Avoid
Painting vinyl siding has come a long way in the last few years as new polymers have been discovered. In many cases, vinyl siding paint even comes with long-term warranties so the homeowner can be sure the product will last. If you are painting your vinyl siding, be sure to avoid these mistakes.
1 - Too Dark
Vinyl siding absorbs heat much more than other siding materials. If it absorbs too much heat, it can begin to buckle or warp. For this reason, do not choose too dark a color. It is recommended you do not choose any color darker than the original siding.
2 - Latex Paint
Because of the high expansion and contraction of vinyl siding, traditional paints do not have the elasticity to correctly bond. Only use manufactured vinyl siding paint and be sure to follow the directions exactly to maintain the warranty.
3 - Pressure Washing Clean
Pressure washers are great for cleaning many things, but not vinyl siding. The water often gets behind the siding and then wreaks havoc with the paint. Use only a scrub brush, warm soapy water, and elbow grease. It may take longer initially, but it will save hours of labor later. Always allow 2 to 3 days to dry before painting.