Has ANYONE successfully painted vinyl siding???

clc08March 15, 2007

Purchased home about 13 years old. Front with brick and the rest with vinyl siding. The two look awful together. Actually the brick isn't bad..brown-tone beige neutral with some gray and rust here and there. But the vinyl is a light color gray that has a definite blue hue. We hate it. We figure we can either paint the brick or paint the vinyl. I've googled painting vinyl siding and I guess it Can Be Done...but we are sceptical....Any help greatly appreciated! We live just south of Indianapolis if the weather factor makes any difference...

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Our vinyl exterior window shutters have been painted twice with no problems.

Prep work is the key.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2007 at 10:53AM
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Vinyl siding will accept paint just fine. Clean it properly and apply (2) coats of Sherwin Williams Duration.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2007 at 4:32PM
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We have also successfully painted vinyl. It has been painted a long time and no issues. We did prime with Z-prime I think.

One thing I have heard and read is do not paint it any darker than the color on the house. Evidently there could be issues with it getting warmer if darker and damage the siding. At least that is how I understood it.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2007 at 12:25AM
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OK..I think we are going to have a go at this. From all I've read, we have to power wash it first, use nothing but acrylic paint and as ponderinstuff mentioned, not paint it any darker in hue that existing color. I've asked at a couple of paint stores and haven't gotten any response like, "Yeah, they say you can do it, BUT it really doesn't work very well..." Thanks for the replies...

    Bookmark   March 19, 2007 at 10:22PM
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Lori A. Sawaya

ponder is absolutely correct. It's about the LRV, Light Reflectance Value of a color. How much light (which is energy) a color absorbs and how much it reflects.

If you paint vinyl siding with a color that has too low of an LRV, that absorbs too much light and energy and thus retains too much heat, the siding will warp and get wavy. Paint the siding a color that is similar in value or lighter and you have nothing to worry about as long a proper prep is done and quality product is used.

Sherwin Williams is a good source for a specific palette that is suitable for all colors of vinyl siding.

Also, a lot of the new non-wood exterior architectural elements that are now available are kind of, well, cheap and can not with stand a color like dark green, navy blue or black. Often, the minimum LRV is listed in the warranty for these products and that's something you want to comply with.

This is not something that many people are aware of - professional nor homeowner. A few years down the road when a product starts to look crappy it's often blamed on overall quality. Quality may indeed be an issue, but painting it a darker color than it was manufactured to withstand likely initiated the product's failure.

Here is a link that might be useful: LRV

    Bookmark   March 20, 2007 at 1:07AM
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I think the most important part is getting it clean. My father-in-law, a life time professional painter did our aluminum siding years ago. I think his prep work actually took longer than the painting. Power washing alone does not get the dirt out. Think about when you wash your car...the hose sprayer seldom gets the grime off. He actually hand washed the siding on our home. Now it was not too big mind you and I believe he preset up all the scafolding etc. Again, he has told me time and time again, its the prep that counts. Any time I have taken his advise, I've had good results! Good luck.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2007 at 9:31AM
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What is the best way to clean the siding? Soap & water or is there a commercial cleaner available at H.D.?

    Bookmark   March 29, 2007 at 3:20PM
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I am considering painting my vinyl siding in the Spring. The original posts are from 2007 - any updates? Is Sherwin-Williams the best choice for paint? Is a primer a good idea? If so, is there a good choice? In cleaning the vinyl surface, what is a good product? TSP?

    Bookmark   December 17, 2011 at 3:05PM
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