Can I Paint Vinyl Siding? See What An Expert Painter Says

Todd Tribble Offers His Advice On Painting Vinyl Siding For The Ann Arbor, Michigan Area

The short answer is yes, you can paint over vinyl siding. It’s actually one of the easier exterior surfaces to paint because it is a relatively stable surface made from vinyl plastic and pigments. This doesn’t mean you can just slap on some paint and call it a day though. For a good paint job that’ll last for years, you’ll want to follow a certain process.

Vinyl siding

The short answer is yes, you can paint over vinyl siding. It’s actually one of the easier exterior surfaces to paint because it is a relatively stable surface made from vinyl plastic and pigments. This doesn’t mean you can just slap on some paint and call it a day though. For a good paint job that’ll last for years, you’ll want to follow a certain process.

Vinyl siding

When It Starts Looking Bad

Let me guess: fading, chalking, and/or dirty.

This is what happens to vinyl siding as time passes. Its looks start aging and your home shows it. At least it’s a stable surface and doesn’t expand and contract as wood does.

At first, a good cleaning may be all it needs. But after a few years, you’ll want to repaint your exterior using this type of paint and this process.

What Can I Paint Vinyl Siding With?

The best paint for vinyl siding is any 100% acrylic paint. Benjamin Moore’s Revive is acrylic and it has more color options for vinyl siding than most. Vinyl siding will warp from heat build-up so it’s best to avoid dark colors as a final coat unless you are using vinyl safe paint.

One coat will give you good protection but we always recommend two coats for the best coverage and durability.

As for the process of painting vinyl siding…

How To Paint Vinyl Siding

Surface preparation is very important.

There are 3 main types of surface crud that need removing: dirt, mildew, and chalk from the vinyl aging.

To remove the dirt and chalk powerwash your house. You can use a 3:1 ratio of water:bleach to get rid of any mildew.

You’ll want to ensure the chalkiness is gone from the surface by rubbing your fingers on it and seeing if there’s anything that comes off. If it does, keep cleaning or your paint may not stick well.

Never scrape, sand, or wire brush the surface.

Then, paint!

Allow the first coat to dry thoroughly before putting on your second coat. While you can use a brush and roller to do this, an airless sprayer would work best.

Enjoy Your Refreshed Home

After your exterior paint is refreshed you may not even recognize it as your home. It’ll look like new and you’ll love it every time you see it, just like these before-and-after projects did for our clients.