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Painting Vinyl Siding and Trim

A home features grey vinyl siding with rounded glass windows surrounded by green shutters.

Grow your business by refreshing weathered and faded vinyl homes. Even though vinyl siding is one of the most common exterior building materials, many homeowners are not aware that it can actually be painted.

Repainting vinyl siding can offer your new and existing clients long-lasting benefits and easily boost curb appeal. Aside from giving siding a fresh, premium look, a new coat of paint can also protect vinyl siding from harsh weather.

Step 1: Cleaning Vinyl Siding

Before painting, the surface must be cleaned thoroughly. Any mildew, chalk, or dirt must be removed to ensure maximum adhesion.

TIP: The siding can be cleaned either by hand scrubbing or power washing. Consider Clean Multi-Purpose Cleaner (318), which is ideal for cleaning vinyl surfaces. No matter the cleaner used, thoroughly rinse the surface with clean water after washing, as the surface needs to be dry before priming or painting.

Step 2: Priming Vinyl Siding

Pitted or porous vinyl siding must always be primed. Consider Fresh Start® High Hiding All Purpose Primer (K046) or Fresh Start® Multi-Purpose Latex Primer (N023) for this step.

Step 3: Painting Vinyl Siding

  • Two coats is always recommended.
  • Do not over-apply product.
  • Spray, brush or roll on to surface.
  • Vinyl siding does not retain moisture, so it is easy to clean and dries quickly.

TIP: Do not apply when air and surface temperatures are below 4.4°C (40°F) and avoid painting in direct sunlight – the surface should not be hot to the touch.

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