Return the Beauty and Luster to your Home’s Vinyl or Aluminum Siding
By Mark J. Donovan
||The Sun’s ultraviolet light can wreak havoc on aluminum and vinyl siding making it look dull and faded. Painting aluminum and vinyl siding is possible however some upfront work is required. Proper cleaning is essential to avoiding problems painting aluminum and vinyl siding. If you run your fingers over old aluminum siding, you’ll notice a chalky substance on your fingers. Likewise mold and mildew growth or dirt that is not first removed from aluminum or vinyl siding will also cause freshly applied paint not to adhere well.
As a result, if paint is applied to non-cleaned vinyl or aluminum siding, within just a short period of time the paint will begin to peel and flake off.
To clean house siding start at the bottom and work your way up the siding using a pressure washer. Use an off the shelf house siding cleaner or TSP. Also make sure to use a low pressure setting on the pressure washer and aim the pressure washer wand in a downwards direction to not inject water up underneath the vinyl or aluminum siding. Also be careful around the door and window frames.
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|Prior to actually painting the aluminum or vinyl siding you’ll first need to apply a primer to ensure maximum paint adhesion. Don’t spot prime. Instead apply primer to all of the house siding for best results. You can also use a latex paint additive, such as Emulsa-bond, with the first coat of paint applied, to double as a primer. Emulsa-bond is ideal for chalky surfaces such as aluminum siding and will help to prevent paint peeling. Mix one quart of Emulsa-bond to every gallon of paint.
After applying the primer and base coat of paint, and allowing time for them to fully dry, apply a top coat layer over it. In some cases you may also want to apply a second top coat layer.
So if your aluminum or vinyl house siding is looking faded and dingy don’t live with it, repaint it. If done right, by first thoroughly washing and then applying a primer or bonding agent additive, your freshly painted house siding should look beautiful and hold up for years to come.
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