Can vinyl siding be painted?


I'd like to know can vinyl siding be painted and some instructions about how to do this. Lately I've noticed that the siding on our 25 year old home is fading in many places. I don't like the splotchy look that it has now and I would like to repaint. I don't think the siding needs to be replaced. It looks to me like it's in good condition. But a coat of fresh paint can probably make the whole house look brand new.So my question is first of all can you paint vinyl siding? If so, I need to know how to prep, what kind of paint to use, and if there are any other special instructions before we (my hubby, two sons and I) get going on this project? Thank you.

q can vinyl siding be painted

I'm also curious if I need to use the same color as the original or can I change the color? What do you think?

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  • Hi Dorothy, you can paint vinyl siding, but definitely start off with a good power washing so you don't trap any dirt or mildew under your paint. Here are some instructions:

  • Pamela Pamela on Nov 20, 2018

    It looks like you need to clean your siding , it doesn't look like it's fading, the picture shows a build up due to moisture and weather conditions. You can buy a cleaner that attaches to your house that will clean it off. After you clean it ( you would need to do this before

    Painting , anyway ) see if it still looks faded. If you want to paint it , I would go a professional, to find out if you need a special paint , maybe with a primer in it , you don't want it to start peeling !!!

    good luck !!!

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    • Pamela Pamela on Nov 20, 2018

      I was warned not to use a pressure washer on my house , I have aluminum siding , so I don't know if that's an issue, I actually used magic eraser on mine, on the lower areas.

  • Oliva Oliva on Nov 20, 2018

    Hi, Dorothy,

    Be very careful if using a pressure washer to avoid spraying water against the underside of each vinyl strip, which can force water behind the vinyl, resulting in rot.

    If you're ambitious enough, you can use a soft headed mop with extension rods to scrub the siding with warm to hot water (don't apply hot water to cold vinyl...) in which you've added lemon dish liquid.

    Some vinyl companies advise against using dish detergents with grease cutters, because it can damage the surface (I'm not sure what it does, chemically).

    Use can use wet microfiber cloths, wrung out, to scrub lower levels of siding. Don't press too hard, to avoid damage. Rinse gently, applying water from the side, rather than from directly beneath the vinyl.

    Dry the siding with dry microfiber cloths (attached to extension poles, if needed).

    Your algae build up on your siding is most likely due to excessive rains, high humidity this year, or mulch, which could be as much as 4-5 feet from your siding.

    You may need to repeat scrubbing in some areas, multiple times, but you'll be surprised at the difference.

    When it's an overcast day and rain is not expected, apply Wet n' Forget Outdoor liquid (available at Costco, hardware and Home Stores) to all vinyl surfaces, using your hose. It works slowly, but does work well. It beats having to clean siding 2x/year.

  • Dee Dee on Nov 20, 2018

    Power wash before painting, Prime with a good bonding primer, then paint.

    • Dorothy Dorothy on Nov 21, 2018

      Thank you Dee. Do you have a recommendation in terms of what bonding primer to use, or are they all the same?

  • Dee Dee on Nov 23, 2018

    No they are not all the same. Kilz adhesion, Extreme bond by Sherwin Williams, XIM and Zinser Bulls eye 123. Look for bonding on label.

  • Em Em on Jun 27, 2021

    I had algae on mine and hand washing with a rag and Windex took ALL OF IT off with no effort.

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