Can You Paint Vinyl Siding?

Vinyl siding with window
Vinyl siding was first introduced in the 1950s in an effort to provide homeowners with a versatile, durable, maintenance-free alternative to aluminum or wood. One of the most desirable features of this material is that it never needs painting, but for many homeowners that can also be its downfall. Whether the color of your siding has faded or no longer suits your style, painting vinyl siding is a viable option that can enhance the beauty of your home and increase its value. The experts at Five Star Painting® are pleased to provide you with tips on how to paint vinyl siding to ensure your next project is a success.

Can You Paint Vinyl Siding?

While it is possible to paint vinyl siding there are a few things to consider before you begin:

  • Warranty – If your siding is still under the manufacturer's warranty check the fine print to ensure that painting won't nullify the contract, and whether there are any guidelines you must adhere to.
  • Durability – Vinyl siding is exceptionally durable, but once the siding has been covered with one or more coats, durability and maintenance will depend on the quality and application of the paint.
  • Preparation – Whether or not you opt to use a primer coat, make sure the surface of the siding has been cleaned to ensure proper adhesion.
  • Color – Different colors of siding are engineered to withstand various degrees of heat absorption, making it imperative that you choose a shade of paint that is no darker than the original.
  • Expansion – Changes in the weather can cause your vinyl siding to expand and contract, and overlapping seams permit this movement to take place. This can result in periodic color discrepancies at the seams which should be expected.

Tips for Painting Vinyl Siding

General Tips for Success

  • Avoid painting on days when it is humid, windy, or excessively hot.
  • Choose a paint that is formulated for use on vinyl siding.
  • Clean the surface of the vinyl thoroughly.
  • Apply primer if needed, followed by two coats of paint.

You'll Need:

  • Water hose and spray nozzle, or a power washer
  • Cleaning solution:
    • One gallon of water
    • One quart liquid bleach
    • One-third cup laundry detergent
    • Two-thirds cup powdered household cleaner
  • Bucket
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Rags
  • Painter's tape
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Paint brushes, rollers, and/or paint sprayer
  • Primer
  • Exterior paint suitable for vinyl siding

Step One: Clean

Combine the ingredients for your cleaning solution in a bucket, and spray the siding using a spray nozzle or power washer to remove any loose dirt or mildew. Next, dip the brush into the solution and begin scrubbing the dirt from the surface and seams of your siding. Work in manageable sections and rinse thoroughly as you go.

Step Two: Protect

Use plastic sheeting and tape to protect vulnerable elements of your home such as doors and windows.

Step Three: Prime

Primer isn't always needed for vinyl siding, but if there is surface damage, the color is peeling, or the color has worn away it is recommended. Allow for drying time according to the manufacturer's directions before applying paint.

Step Four: Paint

Paint your siding using a paint sprayer or roller, and cutting in around window and door frames with a brush. Apply two thin coats, allowing ample drying time in between them.

For all your interior and exterior painting needs including painting vinyl siding, contact the experts at Five Star Painting today or call (888) 261-3633 to arrange for an estimate. You can further enhance the curb appeal of your home with these tips from our fellow Neighborly brand, The Grounds Guys®.