What Kind of Paint Do You Use on Vinyl Siding?
Deciding to work with your vinyl siding may come with lots of questions. How to repair vinyl siding? Can you paint vinyl siding? How to clean vinyl siding? What about the vinyl siding colours? Depending on the size of your home, all these questions may feel overwhelming. Whether you are thinking of painting vinyl windows versus replacing them, we have you covered. Preparation for a job like this one is key – gathering as much information as possible, researching procedures, tools, and materials. When doing this research, be sure to think of us! At Home Painters Toronto, we can answer all your questions and provide a helping hand. Below are some major factors to consider when painting vinyl siding.
1. Keep in Mind That Temperature Effects Vinyl
In very cold weather, vinyl will be more rigid and the more heat it absorbs, it can become warped. This will start to occur when exposed to sunlight and temperatures above 160 degrees Fahrenheit or 70 degrees Celsius.
And when exposed to freezing temperatures around 30 degrees Fahrenheit or just about 0 degrees Celsius, vinyl panels may crack.
From season to season, this expanding and contracting motion is something to remember when installing or choosing the kind of paint that is best and the colour.
2. Harsh Weather Conditions
Harsh weather conditions may affect the painting process with vinyl siding.
While most people will choose to do an exterior home painting in early summer or early fall, the temperature, windiness, humidity, rain, or snow forecast is always something to monitor when preparing and scheduling this type of project.
3. Avoid Using Darker Paint Colours
When thinking of your favourite paint colours, it is best to stay away from something too dark.
Some darker exterior paint colours that absorb the sunlight have been known to get up to temperatures as extreme as 220 degrees Fahrenheit or just above 100 degrees Celsius.
If you have your heart set on a colour that is on the darker side, it’s best to make sure that you choose light-reflective – something higher than 55 LRV.
4. Primer-Necessary Paint Situations
While most paint manufacturers have some paint options with built-in primer, there are situations where a primer is recommended for outdoor vinyl.
Primer – made with resin -helps the paint colour stick and look more solid with fewer coats. It also creates a smoother finish and is most often white or neutral in colour. If your vinyl siding has any dips and pores, then it is definitely better to use primer – though in many cases, if the vinyl is smooth, it is not necessary.
If you do decide to use primer, then a latex-based one is best for exterior projects.
5. Benefits of Using Acrylic Paint
Acrylic paint will naturally expand and contract as the weather and temperature change. Chemically based, it doesn’t discolour easily and adheres to surfaces well. Acrylic paint will chip and crack less, which makes it durable for outdoor use.
6. Benefits of Using Latex Paint
While latex paint is not as commonly used on vinyl siding, it can be less expensive than acrylic and easy to apply. As it is water-based, it dries faster and has a milder scent. If you decide to use latex paint, choose one that is good for outdoor use. Latex paints are already great for weather resistance on a variety of surfaces.
7. How Many Coats?
On a well cleansed and primed surface, two coats of paint are usually enough. If your chosen colour is a little darker than the previous one, then two coats are often plenty. If your chosen colour is lighter or there is a particular bright colour beneath that distorts your colour, you may need to apply more coats. Though this may cost more, it will look better and last longer.
8. Rolling, Brushing and Spraying
While paint spraying may save time – on a day that isn’t windy – the paint may not provide as much coverage on large flatter surfaces. Using a spray-on exterior vinyl would be more common on windows than siding. For large flatter surfaces, using a roller is easiest and for the edges and details, you guessed it, the brush is best!
As long as you follow the steps, painting your house can take 2 – 10 days, depending on the surface area. And as long as you plan ahead, it can go faster with the right weather conditions and a few extra hands. So there you have it – some major things to consider while preparing to paint vinyl siding. Painting the exterior of your home may seem like a daunting project but if you are organized and equipped, your vision is definitely worth the effort. And if you’re not sure where to begin, don’t hesitate to reach out! At Home Painters Toronto, we can paint your dreams into reality.
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