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Painting Vinyl and Aluminum Siding

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Contractor painting vinyl siding on house exterior

Vinyl and aluminum solutions to boost your business

Add value to your painting business—and to your customer's home—by painting faded, worn vinyl or aluminum siding.

Applying paint to vinyl and aluminum siding improves its durability, and is actually less labour-intensive than painting wood, masonry, or hardboard surfaces. Because the siding does not retain moisture, it is easy to clean and dries quickly.

Benefits of repainting vinyl or aluminum siding

Repainting offers long-lasting benefits to your customer:

  • Restores weathered or faded siding to nearly factory-new appearance, improving the value of the home
  • Updates a home's colour scheme for enhanced curb appeal
  • Protects the siding from the elements with the latest coating technology

Follow these steps for the best results:

Step 1: Cleaning

Before you begin painting, hand scrub or power wash the surface to remove any mildew, chalking or other residue. This will ensure maximum adhesion and help to avoid staining.

Benjamin Moore's CLEAN Multi-Purpose Cleaner  is ideal for cleaning vinyl and aluminum siding. No matter which cleaner you use, remember to rinse surfaces thoroughly with clean water.

When power washing, use caution with your pressure settings so that you do not damage the siding or remove sound paint. Take care when washing around windows, doors, vents, soffits, or other openings.

Step 2: Priming

Spot-prime any bare aluminum areas, and be sure to prime any pitted or porous areas in vinyl siding. For this task, we recommend Fresh Start® Multi-Purpose Latex Primer.

Step 3: Selecting Paint

Benjamin Moore's Aura® Exterior, Regal® Select Exterior-High Build and ben® Exterior paints are recommended for painting vinyl and aluminum siding. They provide the adhesion and durability required for these substrates.

They also provide gloss and colour retention, and can be applied in temperatures as low as 4°C. Another benefit: they are formulated to resist mildew growth and dirt pickup.

Step 4: Selecting Colours

With Benjamin Moore's Colours for Vinyl Siding palette, your customers can choose from a huge variety of beautiful, "vinyl-safe" colours that can withstand the stress of expansion and contraction.

Step 5: Maintenance

Offer your customer power washing each spring to maintain the appearance and extend the life of your paint job.

Note: While paint adhesion can be affected by the wax or silicone layer common in newly-installed aluminum siding, and by plasticizers in vinyl siding, these compounds are removed naturally by time and weather.

Learn more about our Colours for Vinyl Siding.

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