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Can you paint vinyl siding?

You should try painting your vinyl siding instead of replacing it when it starts showing its age.



Vinyl is a popular, affordable and smart choice of material for siding because it’s low maintenance. Not only that; the quality of vinyl siding has only improved over the years. That being said, your vinyl siding, even if it’s relatively new will probably start looking worn after awhile. Whether it’s because it’s showing its age or you just want a change of color, you always have the option of painting your vinyl siding.

Can you paint your vinyl siding? The answer is yes! You can!

It goes without saying though; painting your own vinyl siding is a big project. But don’t worry, it’s a simple one. You won’t need to learn any new painting skills to  paint vinyl siding. If you’ve painted anything else before, the following steps will probably seem pretty familiar to you. There are some considerations that need to be taken when painting vinyl though. No worries, we cover those considerations below.

Painting vinyl siding summary

  • Paint your siding when the weather is right; don’t do it on scorching, humid or windy days.
  • Use the correct paint.
  • Clean the vinyl siding surface to prepare it for painting.
  • If needed, use primer then apply two coats of paint.

Paint your siding when the weather is right

Check your weather forecast for your area before starting your project. You should paint your vinyl siding when the weather is ideal for the project; when the temperature is mild, there’s low humidity and there are cloudy skies. If it’s scorching out, too bright or too windy then your paint might not go onto the vinyl siding properly. It might look okay at first but if you paint your vinyl siding when conditions aren’t ideal then your paint will adhere poorly and be more likely to crack and flake over time.

Use the correct paint

You can’t use just any kind of paint to paint your vinyl siding. You must choose a paint that has acrylic as well as urethane resins. The resins will help the paint stick to the vinyl because they’re accommodating to the contraction and expansion of vinyl. You must also choose a paint that is either the same shade as your current color or lighter. This is because dark colors trap more heat and will make your siding susceptible to warping prematurely.

To summarize, use latex urethane paint that’s formulated for exterior use when painting your vinyl siding.

Clean the vinyl surface to prepare it for painting

Cleaning your vinyl siding is important to help achieve a professional looking paint job. It won’t be enough to just run your hose over the siding. You must clean your vinyl siding properly to get rid of all the mold, buildup, mildew and debris before painting it.

Make a vinyl siding cleaner by mixing one third a cup of laundry detergent, two thirds of a cup of powdered household cleaner, one quart of liquid laundry bleach with one gallon of water.

Then using a soft-bristled brush or cloth, clean your vinyl siding using the vinyl siding cleaner. Before you continue, let your vinyl siding completely dry.

If needed, use primer then apply two coats of paint

You don’t need to use primer unless the original color on your vinyl siding has completely faded away or has turned pitted and porous.

Paint your vinyl siding using a roller or paint sprayer but use brushes for the corners and edges. Coat the surface completely and evenly while making sure not to put too much paint on any single particular places. You should paint multiple thin coats instead of one thick coat.

Two coats of paint are usually enough but that’s not always the case. When the second coat of paint has dried, it’s up to your judgement to add a third coat of paint or not.

Painting your vinyl siding is simple but it’s also a big, labor intensive project. Though the great thing is that if you do it properly, then you can expect the paint on your vinyl siding to last a decade!


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