Are you looking for a way to rejuvenate the exterior of your home? Painting your fiber cement siding will revitalize curb appeal and breathe new life into your home. Fiber cement siding is a popular exterior home siding choice, prized for its low maintenance, durability, and weather resistance. But even the best siding needs an update after many years of wear and exposure.

Why Consider Painting Fiber Cement Siding?

Painting your fiber cement siding is a great way to enhance the look and feel of your home exterior, protect the siding from the elements, and boost your home’s value. While it may seem daunting, painting fiber cement siding is a straightforward process you can complete with appropriate preparation and planning.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to paint fiber cement siding and transform your home exterior:

Choose the Right Paint

Synthitic Siding with wood lookBefore you start painting your siding, it’s essential to choose the right paint. To ensure your painting project lasts and looks great, opt for top-quality exterior acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is an ideal option for fiber cement siding because it is durable, flexible, and resistant to fading, cracking, and peeling. Also, it dries quickly and cleans up with water for easy application and cleanup.

When choosing a color, consider the current color of your home, your design preferences, and the surrounding landscape. Neutral and earthy tones are classic choices, while bold and vibrant shades can create a high-impact look. Remember that the color of your home may impact its resale value, so if you foresee a sale in the future, you may want to consider buyer preferences in your area.

Clean the Siding

Before painting, you must clean your fiber cement siding thoroughly. Cleaning will remove any dirt, grime, or mildew, and ensure the siding is free of debris, dust, and chipping paint. Clean the siding using a pressure washer or a soft-bristled brush, and a cleaning solution, such as trisodium phosphate (TSP), bleach, or a specialized siding cleaner.

This step may seem unnecessary to someone unfamiliar with painting. After all, why clean the siding if the paint will just cover up the look of the dirt anyway? But keep in mind that any area that is not clean will not allow the paint to adhere to the siding. If there is dirt or mildew on the surface of the siding, the paint may cover it, but it will eventually pull away from the siding because there was not strong adherence to the siding itself.

Repair Any Damage

Check the siding thoroughly for cracks, gaps, or holes, and have them filled with a high-quality exterior filler. A professional can use a putty knife to apply the filler and smooth it down, so it blends flawlessly with the surrounding siding. Allow the filler to dry completely before the next step.

Shake Siding Painted GreyPrime the Siding

Before applying the paint, you must prime the siding to ensure proper adhesion, and a smooth finish. Choose a primer specifically developed for fiber cement siding, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Starting at the top of the siding and working your way down, use a brush or a roller to apply the primer. Be sure to cover the edges, corners, crevices, and any areas where you repaired the siding. Let the primer dry completely before painting.

Apply the Paint

Once the primer has dried completely, you can paint your fiber cement siding. Apply the paint using a brush or a roller, starting at the top and working your way down in small sections. Cover all the edges, corners, and crevices, and apply the paint evenly without leaving any drips or uneven patches.

Following the manufacturer’s instructions for applying the paint, including the recommended number of coats and the time required between coats, is essential. Typically, two coats of paint are sufficient, but you may need more depending on the color and condition of your siding.

Clean Up

After you have finished painting, it’s time to clean up. Wash all brushes, rollers, and other painting tools meticulously with soap and warm water, and let them dry thoroughly before storing them. Any leftover paint and paint cans should be disposed of according to local regulations.

Enjoy Your New Exterior

Once the paint has dried completely, step back and admire your new exterior. Painting your fiber cement siding will protect the exterior of your home, and can  instantly update the look of your home adding value and curb appeal. 

To Sum It Up

Painting your fiber cement siding is an easy and cost-effective way to update your home’s exterior. Following these steps will ensure a successful painting project that will enhance your home’s curb appeal, increase its value, and protect it from the elements. Remember, proper preparation, quality painting supplies, and attention to detail are the keys to achieving a professional-looking finish that will last for years to come.

So go ahead and bring new life to your home with a fresh coat of paint! Straight Line Construction installs fiber cement siding in the Sacramento area. Contact us today with questions regarding siding replacement!