When it comes to painting aluminum and vinyl siding, people often have a lot of questions. As less expensive – but still long-lasting – materials, these options have grown in popularity in recent years. And, as their popularity has increased, so have questions about their ability to be painted. Let’s answer the most common question first: yes, vinyl and aluminum siding can be painted. In fact, they’re one of the easier materials to paint and – with proper preparation and treatment – can last for years. But, what is proper preparation? And, more importantly, what paints work best with these materials? Let’s find out!
1. Preparing the surface
As with any painting project, proper surface preparation is essential. During this step, you’ll want to thoroughly clean the exterior of your home. While you can do this with a scrub brush and cleaner, it’s much easier to use a pressure washer. After you’ve cleaned the surface, you’ll want to allow it to dry completely. Once dry, perform a thorough inspection of the exterior, looking for signs of damage: rotting wood, insect infestations, or loose sections.
2. Applying the primer
When painting aluminum siding and vinyl siding, you’ll want to use a primer on any bare aluminum or certain vinyl sidings. Since most of the surfaces you’ll be painting are glossy or slick, it’s more difficult for paint to adhere. Applying a coat of primer will help to ensure a smooth, even finish and – more importantly – can help to hide stains or discoloration that have been caused by damage or weather.
3. Choose your paint
When choosing colors it’s important to know the difference between vinyl vs. aluminum siding as color selection can differ for both. When choosing colors for aluminum siding, you can choose whatever color you would like with no issues. The darker the color can result in fading over time on certain areas that may be hit by the sun more than others. For vinyl siding, its best to talk with a professional in regards to colors. Technology has come a long way over the last 10 years with acrylic paints but you are still somewhat limited on colors depending on the current color of your home. Product manufacturers have created vinyl safe color formulas that can work with most applications that you can review prior to selecting a color.
At Van Tuinen Painting, we want to arm our customers with the information they need to make informed decisions about their homes. If you’re considering an exterior painting project this summer, reach out to us today to learn how we can help!