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How to Paint Vinyl Siding

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Add value to your painting business, and to your customer's home, by painting vinyl siding.

Many homeowners are not aware that vinyl siding can be successfully painted. With the right paint and appealing color options, you can give your customer's home a whole new look—without investing in new siding. Plus, you can grow your business by reaching out to clients who own vinyl-sided homes.

Applying paint to vinyl siding improves its durability, and is actually less labor-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 siding
Repainting offers long-lasting benefits to your customer:

  • Refreshes weathered or faded siding to nearly factory-new appearance, improving the value of the home
  • Updates a home's color 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 painting, the surface must be cleaned and any mildew, chalk, or dirt removed to ensure maximum adhesion and to avoid staining. The siding can be cleaned either by hand scrubbing or power washing.
  • A product such as Benjamin Moore Clean Multi-Purpose Cleaner (N318) is ideal for this cleaning process. Thoroughly rinse the surface with clean water after washing and follow the application and safety instructions on the product label.
  • If you choose to power wash, use caution with the pressure settings so that you do not damage the siding or remove sound paint. Care should be taken not to allow water to seep under the siding around windows, doors, vents, soffits and any other openings. Hold the nozzle facing down to avoid forcing water under the siding panels.
  • If the Vinyl siding was previously painted, power-wash loose material and feather sand the peeled edges very lightly before panting.

Step 2: Priming

  • In most cases a primer is not necessary. Only area of pitted or porous vinyl siding must be primed. In these cases we recommend Benjamin Moore Fresh Start® High Hiding All Purpose Primer (046) or Fresh Start® Multi-Purpose Latex Primer (N023).

Step 3: Selecting Paint

  • For coating vinyl siding or trim, our premium Regal® Select Exterior REVIVE™ for Vinyl Siding is the ideal choice.
  • This paint is formulated for optimal performance on vinyl siding and trim with the added benefit of Vinyl Lock technology for superior adhesion. It also fully covers the previous color or faded areas on weathered siding.
  • Regal Select Exterior REVIVE provides excellent color retention, is resistant to mildew and can be applied in temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 4: Selecting Colors

  • To avoid warping in vinyl siding caused by paint colors that absorb heat, be sure to choose from our color palette that is safe for vinyl, offering hundreds of colors from darker shades to lighter hues.
  • Regal Select Exterior REVIVE for Vinyl Siding offers a curated palette of 59 colors that have been selected by our color and design experts. From the palest pastels to the deepest earth tones, our color palette provides the color freedom you expect from Benjamin Moore.

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 plasticizers in vinyl siding, these compounds are removed naturally by time and weather.

Learn more about Regal Select Exterior REVIVE for Vinyl Siding.

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