How to Paint Shingle Siding

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

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Use tap water to wash each of your tools.

Step 5

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

Step 6

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.

Warning

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.