Can You Paint Vinyl Siding?

Yes, you can paint vinyl siding However, there are a few things to consider before you do. First, vinyl siding can be painted if it’s in good shape, but should be replaced if old or damaged. Second, only paint vinyl siding a comparable or lighter color (darker shades can lead to overheating and warping). Lastly, vinyl-safe exterior paint yields the best results. 

Vinyl siding was first introduced in the 1950s to provide homeowners with a versatile, durable, and maintenance-free alternative to aluminum or wood. One of the most desirable features of this material is that it should never need painting — but for many homeowners, that can also be its downfall. 

Whether the color of your vinyl siding has faded or it no longer suits your style, painting, it 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.

Read on to learn more:

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Painting Vinyl Siding Pros and Cons

Before you settle on painting your vinyl siding, it’s important to consider the pros and cons.


  • Cost-effective: Painting vinyl siding is a lot less expensive than replacing it is. Contact your local Five Star Painting for a free quote.
  • Improved exterior appearance: A fresh coat of paint can help cover blemishes on vinyl panels and give it a like-new feel. 
  • Increases home durability: The proper paint and application can make vinyl siding more durable. 
  • Boosts home value: Faded paint is a turnoff to homebuyers — a simple touchup can work wonders.


  • Isn’t long-lasting: Despite its ability to mask imperfections, a new coat of paint is typically needed every five years.
  • May void warranty: If your vinyl siding is still under warranty, a paint job may invalidate it. Check your warranty before painting.
  • May damage it: If the paint isn’t applied properly, or if the incorrect paint type is used, the vinyl can fade, peel, flake, or warp. 

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What to Consider Before Painting Vinyl Siding

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

  • 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 is.
  • Expansion: Changes in the weather can cause your vinyl siding to expand and contract, and overlapping seams permit this movement to take place. So it’s best to paint vinyl siding between 40  and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. 

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Tips for Painting Vinyl Siding

It’s important to follow certain protocols when painting vinyl. Some of them are:

  • 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.

What Kind of Paint to Use on Vinyl Siding

Many paints are not meant for vinyl and can actually damage it. The wrong paint can leave your siding looking streaky or lead to flaking and peeling. That’s why it’s critical to choose paints that are specifically designed for painting vinyl. 

This means choosing paint that is 100% acrylic. This is because acrylic paint provides the best adhesion and durable results.  

Materials Needed to Paint Vinyl Siding

If you are attempting a DIY project, you’ll need certain tools and supplies to paint vinyl. 

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 (e.g., Spic and Span)
  • Bucket
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Rags
  • Painter's tape
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Paint brushes, rollers, and/or paint sprayer
  • Primer
  • Exterior paint suitable for vinyl siding

How to Paint Vinyl Siding

Painting vinyl siding is challenging and if not done properly can cause damage. We encourage hiring a professional painter.. However, if you want to take on this task, we’ve put together the below steps to get started.  

Step 1: Clean

  1. Combine the ingredients for your cleaning solution in a bucket and spray the siding using a power washer to remove any loose dirt or mildew. Check your vinyl siding manufacturer’s guidelines before power washing, though, as some manufacturers advise not power washing. Be sure that you have the correct nozzle, maintain the proper distance, and adjust the pressure settings to the appropriate level. 
  2. Next, dip the soft-bristled brush into the solution and begin scrubbing the dirt from the surface and seams of your siding. 
  3. Work in manageable sections and rinse thoroughly with clean water as you go.

Step 2: Protect

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

Step 3: 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, then it is recommended. Allow for drying time according to the manufacturer's directions before applying paint.

Step 4: Paint

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

FAQs about Painting Vinyl Siding

Is it a bad idea to paint vinyl siding?

No, it’s not a bad idea to paint vinyl siding as it can freshen up the look of your exterior. However, vinyl siding can only be painted if it’s in good shape (older and damaged siding should be replaced) and if you’re using vinyl-safe exterior paint in a color lighter than the original siding’s (darker shades can warp).

How long does painted vinyl siding last?

If applied correctly, paint on vinyl siding can hold up to five years. 

Is it cheaper to paint or replace vinyl siding?

Typically, painting vinyl siding is cheaper than replacing it is. Replacing vinyl siding can be a big home improvement project, with the cost adding up quickly. 

What does painting vinyl siding do to home value?

In most cases, painting vinyl siding can boost a home’s curb appeal and give it a clean, new look (all attractive things to prospective homebuyers).

Can you spray paint vinyl siding?

Yes, you can spray paint vinyl siding if using the proper paint and spray tools.  Spraying rather than brush or roller application helps to give your exterior an original factory finish. Spraying doesn’t leave behind any brush or roller marks on the surface of your siding. Do not use bottled spray paint, though, as this is not properly formulated for vinyl siding and can damage your siding.

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Professional Vinyl Siding Painters

Whether you want to revive your faded vinyl siding or just change the color, Five Star Painting is ready to help. Learn more about our painting vinyl siding services, schedule an estimate at Five Star Painting or call (888) 261-3633 today.