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Can you paint vinyl siding?

You might be wondering: can I paint the vinyl siding at my home? Yes you can paint vinyl siding, but there are a number of considerations you should be aware of before doing so. Here are a few things to consider before painting your vinyl siding.

Considerations before painting vinyl siding:

Your warranty may not cover it

Can you paint vinyl siding? Yes, but check your warranty first. Most siding manufacturers void your warranty upon painting, so this is something to consider before starting the painting process

Costs of painting your home’s vinyl siding

The cost of painting siding depends on how large your home is and the paint you choose. Painting vinyl siding can cost up to $14,000 depending on the size of your home, the paint you select, and if you choose to DIY or hire a painter. Overall it’s often worthwhile to paint vinyl siding as it’s cheaper to paint it than replace it entirely. However, if your siding is damaged you may want to look at replacing it.

Painting Vinyl Siding

If you have vinyl siding, you’ll want to make sure to have the following tools and to follow these steps to preparing the vinyl surface and painting your siding. It’s a very different material than other surfaces on your house that painted and refreshed before.

Tools Needed to Prep and Paint Vinyl Siding of you home:

  • Gloves 
  • Cloth
  • Bucket
  • Safety goggles
  • Ladder 
  • Bond primer
  • Synthetic polyester paintbrush
  • Paint rollers 
  • Plastic paint buckets 
  • Plastic paint trays 
  • Drop cloths 
  • Latex urethane exterior paint

Steps to Painting Vinyl siding

  1. Check the weather 

Before starting any work, make sure to choose the right day. Vinyl siding is sensitive to changes in temperature. It expands in hotter weather and contracts when it’s cooler. The best day to paint should be a mild temperature, non-humid day with an overcast sky. Painting when it’s too hot or sunny can cause the paint to chip or flake later on.

  1. Clean
  • Make your cleaning solution
    • 1/3 cup laundry detergent
    • 2/3 cup powdered household cleaner
    • 1 quart liquid laundry bleach
    • 1 gallon water
  • Use a cloth or soft-bristled brush to apply the cleaning solution
  • Rinse with a hose 
  • Cover the ground with nearby shrubs with drop cloths
  1. Apply primer, if necessary 

Vinyl siding does not need primer unless the surface is porous or pitted. If the original color is very faded, this is a sign that you should prime before painting. If priming, select a bond primer and apply one coat. 

  1. Paint

You’re ready to paint once you’ve cleaned and applied any primer! You can choose between a roller or a paint sprayer to apply and use a brush to paint any edges. Paint two coats for best results, and enjoy your new, refreshed look. 

Choosing the right paint is critical when painting vinyl siding—both the color of your paint and the chemical composition matter. Pick a color that is the same shade as your current siding or lighter. Darker colors absorb more heat and cause your siding to warp and peel. Some paint brands have paint made specifically for vinyl that comes in vinyl-safe colors, making it easier to select an appropriate color. You’ll need latex urethane exterior paint for siding no matter what color you choose.

Painting is a great way to keep your home looking new

So can you paint vinyl siding? Yes! It’s a great way to keep your home looking fresh and new. If you don’t want the hassle of painting on your own, hire a Tasker to do it and save yourself time and energy. Next time you want to take on a big home project, don’t stress. Just task.