How To Paint Your Vinyl Exterior Siding
Update the outside of your house by painting your Vinyl Exterior Siding. Learn how to paint your exterior vinyl siding without emptying your wallet!
Materials That You Will Need To Paint Your Vinyl Siding on a house
- Paint Roller
- Roller Tin
- Airless Sprayer
- Corner Roller
- Extension Ladder
- Drop Cloth
Step 1: Plan for Vinyl Exterior Siding Painting
After you have prepped the exterior of your house for painting, you are ready to begin painting your vinyl siding! Plan out the day you paint your house with weather in mind. Spring is a great time to update and refresh the exterior vinyl siding of your house but this season comes with unpredictable weather changes like the snow storm that happened mid-April this year! So be sure to plan for a day that is partly cloudy but with no chance of rain or snow to give you great results. You don’t want to overheat in the sun but you also want your vinyl siding to dry as quickly as possible before the weather changes again. Read our blog about Best Time to Paint House).
Pick the part of the house exterior that you want to paint first; this part of the house is usually where the sun will shine last during the day so that you can be ahead of the rays when you move onto the other areas of your house.
Make sure that you have selected the right paint for exterior vinyl painting and have all your materials handy before you begin. This will make it possible for you to apply coats evenly without patches and to get through the project quicker. Choose the right exterior paint type and the perfect colour to match your house.
Seal off any areas around the window trim, door frame etc. with painters’ tape so that you don’t accidentally slop the paint over it. This will allow clean and neat application and a more professional looking paint application.
Step 2: Prime and Paint the Vinyl siding
When you are ready to begin painting, start off by laying a drop cloth around the ground over any flowerbeds or floor surfaces that you do not want paint to get on.
Prime and leave on for about an hour before you begin painting. Dust off the external surface that you have painted and then start to paint the first coat. Apply paint smoothly and use your roller in a long swooping strokes, starting from the bottom and moving upward.
When using the paint brush for the areas that a paint roller may not be able to provide as much attention to detail, jab paint into the paint brush joints and smooth out the paint to seal it. You may also want to consider using a corner roller to get at those harder to reach spaces.
You can use an airless paint sprayer (read our blog to learn how to use it ) and master the finishing touches flawlessly. An airless sprayer will take getting used to, so practice before hand on a scrap surface. Paint about a 3 foot horizontal strip at a time, then release the trigger and drop down to paint another strip of the same length. You will overlap the first paint strip by one third to one half.
Step 3: Examine and Allow To Dry
Examine the painted exterior vinyl siding to be sure the entire surface receives an equal amount of paint – too much paint will cause dripping and running, and too little paint on exteriors will show the old paint through it. If you find any problem with the paint distribution be sure to use an upward tilt with the airless sprayer and make any necessary touching up with a corner roller or paint brush
Let dry for at least 24 hours, and check over the surface for any imperfections. When it is completely dry, remove the painters tape carefully.
Plan painting on higher places in horizontal sections along the top of the exterior vinyl siding wall. Don’t lean away from the ladder or reach any higher than arm’s length to either side.
Paint one high section, move the ladder, and paint another section. Repeat this process across the exterior wall of your house and lower the ladder when starting on a lower section.
Try to hang your paint can on a rung with an S-Shape bucket hook so you’ll be able to hold onto the ladder while painting with the other. You should always have one hand on the ladder while painting your vinyl siding on your house.
Keep in mind that vinyl siding can expand and contract in colder weather. This is something to remember while painting so that you save the same paint you used to touch up any areas where there may be a slight gap in the future.
It is recommended to use an airless sprayer for the final coat to add a flawless finishing touch, however if you are really experienced with an airless sprayer you could use it to paint the entire house without needing to use a roller first.
With these 3 steps on how to paint your external vinyl siding, you’ll be able to move on with other projects around your home and enjoy your freshly painted siding! But, if you are too tired and have no time to paint the exterior vinyl siding on your home in Toronto, then why not let us do it for you! At Home Painters Toronto we can do this for you. Call us NOW at 416-494-9095 or email Brian@HomePaintersToronto.com…… For more handy tips, check out the blog.