Can Vinyl Siding be Painted?

Vinyl siding house

One of the highly touted benefits of vinyl siding is that it comes in so many colors that you’re almost guaranteed to find the hue that suits your aesthetic needs. In fact, that’s one of the big selling points of this option – you are saved the expense of having to paint it, perhaps ever.

However, there might come a time when your tastes change and you simply can’t stand the color you chose however long ago and you want to see it change. Rather than removing your old siding and putting up a new color, you can paint it.

Make sure the siding is in good shape

Before you decide to spend the money on many gallons of paint, have a professional siding contractor come out and do an inspection. While today’s materials won’t buckle under intense summer heat like the materials of yesterday, there is still a chance that high winds, rain and debris have compromised the integrity of the material, which means it needs to be repaired or replaced.

If you’ve accidentally bumped your home too many times with your mower or snow blower, you can begin to form cracks that let moisture in. While vinyl siding is known as a tough material, it’s not impervious, so take extra precautions to ensure the quality is still there.

Selecting your paint

If someone is telling you that there is no paint that will adhere and/or look good on vinyl siding, they’re buying into a myth that has time and again been proven false. However, you can’t choose just any paint, it has to have specific qualities:

  • Contains acrylic and urethane resins (water based)
  • Must be the same shade or lighter than your current siding color
  • Don’t use dark colors as they attract more warmth and could damage siding

Prepping the siding

Unfortunately, you can’t just grab your brush and start slapping on paint. You have to use some elbow grease and get the grime off the surface. You want to remove any signs of mildew, dirt, spider webs, bird droppings, chalky buildup and mold that might have found its way onto the siding over the years.

Bob Villa recommends the following cleaning solution:

  • One gallon of water
  • Two-thirds cup of powdered household cleaner
  • One-third cup of laundry detergent
  • One quart of liquid laundry bleach

You can use a cloth or a soft-bristled brush to work the solution in to the siding, but be sure to give it all a rinse with water afterward. Furthermore, before you apply paint, the surface must be completely dry.


You won’t need to use a primer, which means you’re going to save some time and money there. However, if your siding has become pitted, a primer might be mandatory.

Apply the paint evenly in thin coats. You might need to make multiple passes, but it’s better to go with thin coats than a few thick ones. You’ll need to the let the paint dry between coats. If you’ve done everything correctly, you’re going to have a paint job that should last a decade under normal weather situations.

VIS Exterior siding

One of the most popular siding materials we work with today at VIS Exterior is vinyl. Fortunately, the manufacturers we work with offer a superior product that lasts and lasts.

When a paint job just won’t do, we have options for new vinyl siding that will enhance the look and feel of your home, and increase its curb appeal. Contact us today and have a look at all the choices you have in the many shapes, sizes and colors of top quality, new vinyl siding.