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Painting Vinyl Siding – A Real Work of Art

So you’ve decided you want to paint the vinyl siding on your house. Maybe the vinyl siding is peeling and old, or maybe the color is just plain ugly. Either way, we’ve covered the basics here so you can get it done right, and the first time.

Take a look at our mini-tutorial on painting vinyl siding. If at any time things look like they could get hairy, give us a call and we’ll be happy to take a look at it!

Here we go!


painting vinyl siding

So long, boring brown. Hello, forest green! With the advent of iPhones, internet, and cronuts (wait – is that good or bad?), there have also been advances made in painting vinyl siding.

It used to be that you couldn’t paint vinyl siding a much different color than the paint that was already on there. Well that’s not too much fun. This is because vinyl siding expands and contracts with heat pretty easily. So in the old days, when you would paint a darker color on top of a light color, the top layer could crack and peel, revealing the old paint underneath.

To combat this, a few companies have developed paint made especially for painting vinyl siding, and now we have the chance to branch out of the neutrals and into some more interesting colors.

With hues like Moonwalk (a slate grey) and Hedgerow (a muted hunter green) from Sherwin-Williams, you can say goodbye to oatmeal. Unless you like it of course, in which case there are a bunch of cool variations of taupe and brown. These aren’t your mother’s beiges.

The How-To

  1. Prepare your canvas: As in any paint job, the first step is to clean and prep your working area. Go ahead and spot clean your vinyl siding, making sure any soiled spots are wiped clean.
    • If there are cracks or imperfections, see what you can do about that before painting. We know you are excited to get started, but if you skip this step it can lead to more problems down the road (and having to redo everything – 2x the effort, and 2x the money – not worth it!).
    • If you have a pressure washer, give the vinyl siding a good overall rinse. If you don’t, then try this with your garden hose. It will be super helpful to have the surface as clean as possible.
  2. Climate: We advise only painting vinyl siding when it is not too hot and humid outside. Ideally, you’d want to do this on a relatively cool day, in the shade. This makes it much easier to apply the paint, especially since the vinyl siding will expand and contract with heat.
  3. Paint: Once you’ve gotten all of the above checked off, and you’ve chosen your paint made especially for vinyl siding, go ahead and get started painting. You will need to use a paintbrush, not a roller. Try to find a brush that is of the right size to match the width of your vinyl panels.


Congratulations! So you’ve done all this hard work on painting vinyl siding. We bet it looks awesome! So take a much needed break and kick back with a beer – you deserve it.

Now, in order to maintain the great job that you’ve done, we recommend that you spot clean and wash the vinyl siding once a year. Taking care of the work that you’ve done will make it last twice as long. Most likely you will have to repaint every 8-10 years, depending on how long the paint lasts – so make it go the distance and take care of it well!

Photo by ntm1909 / CC BY-ND 2.0

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