Monday, August 27, 2018

Can I paint that vinyl siding?

I have an active listing with vinyl siding.  The color is kind of blah; not offensive, just ahem, shall we say, low profile.

So, the question comes up from potential buyers; can I paint the siding?

The answer is yes, kind of.  Vinyl siding expands and contracts with temperature and humidity changes, more than other sidings (wood, fiber cement).  Because of this, it is important the new paint contain acrylic and urethane resins; that is a latex urethane paint formulated for exterior use.

And, it is suggested the color be lighter, as dark colors retain heat, which can warp vinyl siding.  Hmm.  With a drab, light grey, I'm not sure a lighter color will do much for the aesthetics of this particular property.

As for all exterior paint jobs, cleaning the surface is essential for a good paint job.  Usually, vinyl siding is in decent shape, so primer is most likely not necessary.  And then, its best to do a few good, but not gloopy coats, rather than fewer thick coats.

A bit about vinyl siding. The great thing about vinyl siding is you don't have to paint it.  It is easier to care for than wood; doesn't rot and doesn't need painting.  Usually, when installed, it has a layer of foam-like insulation behind it - makin the property more energy efficent than wood or fiber cement siding.  

Sometimes, trim paint and architectural enhancements can be another way to help a low profile building.  A snappy trim color can go a long way.  Here the property, its the unit on the unit on the right, with the red door.  I think, if a buyer wanted to add pizazz, a fun trim color (in the red family?), would go a long way.

What do you think?

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