How to spruce up vinyl siding
How to spruce up vinyl siding….
So the vinyl siding is looking rather dull and we’d like a different color.
Here are the alternatives:
1) Paint with a waterborne paint like Aura (low VOC Benjamin Moore exterior paint), possibly with an acrylic primer like Stix.
2) Rejuvenate the siding (with a product like Envirolon – a water based clear coat).
3) Replace the siding — not seriously considered – too much landfill.
The climate is New York, so cold, snow, heat, wind.
I think that the big risk with painting siding is that it will be forever a maintenance issue,
requiring touch up where ever vegetation rubs, and it might even flake with the flex and
contraction and expansion of vinyl. Once painted, repainting would become a double problem
because the old paint would need to be stripped off first (if there is any flaking) before applying the new coat, and that would be a huge job.
I’ve had mixed messages from painters.
One said no problems and it would probably last twenty years, another said it would likely flake in 7 years or less and didn’t want to paint it, but recommended rejuvenating with a product like Envirolon.
Also I wonder if painting the siding could cause it to become less breathable by effectively gluing the siding strips together. Maybe the rejuvenating clear coat would have the same problem, although I suspect it is a lot thinner than paint?
So what are your recommendations?
GBA Detail Library
A collection of one thousand construction details organized by climate and house part