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Painting Vinyl and Aluminum Siding

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Vinyl and aluminum siding require regular maintenance and repair, just like any exterior painted surface.

Repainting these kinds of surfaces helps:

  • Restore weathered or faded siding to nearly the original factory finish
  • Change your home's color scheme
  • Protect your siding with the latest coating technology and quality paint products

Is it possible to paint vinyl and aluminum siding successfully?

The answer to this frequently asked question is "yes."

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.

Applying paint on vinyl and aluminum siding is actually easier and less labor-intensive than its application on wood, masonry, or hardboard surfaces. Because they do not retain moisture, these sidings dry off quickly and are easier to clean.

Use a brush, roller, or spray equipment to apply paint on these surfaces. In most cases, a primer is not necessary;apply two coats will provide optimal protection and longevity.

General Care: Cleaning
Before you begin painting, hand-scrub or power wash your surface to clean away any mildew or chalk, to ensure maximum adhesion and to avoid staining.

To clean your surfaces, products such as our Moorwood® Multipurpose Cleaner & Brightener (063) are ideal. No matter which cleaner you use, remember to rinse surfaces thoroughly with clean water after washing.

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

General Care: 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 Benjamin Moore Fresh Start® All Purpose 100% Acrylic Primer (023).

After your surfaces are prepared, apply two coats of a high-quality exterior paint, such as MoorGlo® 100% Acrylic House Paint (096) or MoorGard® Low Lustre Latex House Paint (103). Both are available in ready-mixed and custom colors.

With vinyl siding, avoid using a color deeper than your original siding shade. Darker colors absorb more heat, which can cause your siding to warp and result in additional repairs and expense.

Selecting Paints
For coating both vinyl and aluminum siding, products such as our MoorGlo 100% Acrylic House and Trim Paint (N096) or MoorGard Low Lustre Latex House Paint (103) are ideal choices.

These paints offer superior adhesion due to the presence of alkyd emulsion. When combined with an acrylic latex resin and premium quality pigments, the result is a superior, flexible coating that is able to withstand wide fluctuations in temperature.

They also provide excellent gloss and color retention, and can be applied in temperatures as low as 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Another benefit—they are formulated to resist mildew growth, dirt and fumes.

After painting, washing the siding each spring will maintain your home's appearance and extend the life of your paint job.

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