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Is painting aluminum or vinyl siding a bad idea?

There are tens of thousands of homes in Northeast Ohio that are covered in Aluminum and vinyl siding. Both products were breakthrough technology when they were first introduced – and both were sold as the “end all be all” of exterior maintenance. Unfortunately, after 20 or so years, each product began to show it’s age – and began to “chalk” and fade. As these houses began showing their age, many homeowners decided to paint the siding…was this a good idea or a bad idea?

I’ve been a painting contractor for 22 years, and I’ve seen many botched aluminum and vinyl siding paint jobs. So what went wrong? A number of things may have gone wrong, but 9 out of 10 times, its due to improper power washing or a lack of power washing altogether. The truth is, when aluminum and vinyl siding is properly washed, it will hold paint for 20+ years!

At Color Renovation, we power wash and HAND SCRUB each house with an environmentally friendly detergent formulated specifically for removing chalky residue from aluminum and vinyl siding. Once the siding is clean and free from chalk and loose dirt, we spray two coats of premium paints such as Sherwin-Williams Superpaint or Benjamin Moore Ultra Spec. I am often asked if siding needs to be primed first…and for the record, it does not! Two coats of premium paint on a well prepared surface will result in a long lasting, durable finish for years to come. How certain are we? Enough to offer a 10 year, no questions asked warranty on each and every paint job. The only caveat is previously coated siding. If a house was previously coated by a company other than Color Renovation, we offer 3 or 5 year warranties, depending on the condition of the paint job.

Another great reason to paint your aluminum and vinyl siding is cost effectiveness. Painting your siding typically costs 1/4th or 1/5th the cost of replacing with new siding – and refinishing it gives you literally thousands of color options, as opposed to dozens of options when replacing your siding.

Call or email us today to learn more about our aluminum and vinyl siding refinishing products. Our painters are among the finest in the industry.