How to Paint Shingle Siding

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If you would like to paint shingle siding, consider some critical points. Whether it is composed of wood or asphalt, your shingle siding is ill-suited for adhesion. Before you paint, condition the siding with a specific type of bonding primer, or the final coating will ultimately flake and peel. Because shingle siding is exposed to harsh temperatures and weather elements, it requires a finish specifically made for external surfaces. Apply the right paint, or subtle cracking and fading may result.

Things You'll Need

  • Extension ladder
  • Pressure washer
  • Heavy-duty fabric drop cloths
  • Acrylic latex primer
  • Roller frame
  • Nap Roller cover
  • 3- to 4-inch nylon paintbrush
  • Acrylic latex paint
  • Wash the shingle siding, using a pressure washer. Remove all dust and cobwebs to prevent adhesion difficulties. Allow the shingle siding to dry for 24 hours.

  • Prime the clean shingle siding, using a roller. Work left to right, moving your roller vertically.

  • Force the primer within the tight areas between each shingle, using a nylon paintbrush. Use a dabbing motion. Wait two hours for the primed shingles to dry.

  • Use tap water to wash each of your tools.

  • Paint the primed shingle siding, using the roller. Work left to right, moving your roller vertically.

  • Force the paint within the tight areas between each shingle, using the nylon paintbrush. Use a dabbing motion. Wait two hours for the painted shingles to dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never finish shingle siding with plain latex paint or fading may result.
  • Should you require a ladder to reach high areas of shingle siding, read the safety guide printed on the ladder before use.
  • Don't paint unprimed shingle siding, or the new painted finish will peel.

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