If you have a house with vinyl exterior siding, you might sooner or later face a need to either repaint or paint it. But since painting a house siding is not something very common, people often ask the same question: can vinyl siding be painted?
Today we will tell you what the best way to paint vinyl siding is. In addition, you will find out how to choose paint for your vinyl siding painting project and what pros and cons vinyl has as a material. Finally, we are going to share a few useful tips and recommendations that will surely become helpful should you decide to refresh your home’s exterior a bit!
Can You Paint Exterior Vinyl Siding?
The answer is yes and no. Many people believe that vinyl siding can’t be painted because the paint will peel off it once applied. Some even say paint won’t adhere to the vinyl siding surface at all! Well, this is definitely an exaggeration. Paint won’t run off your vinyl siding if you try to apply it.
But indeed, normally, vinyl siding doesn’t require any paint at all! See, the pigment is already baked-in so the material is sold already kind of dyed. Besides, the surface of vinyl is rather slick which makes it not quite suitable for the pigment to adhere to it firmly enough.
Besides, as you all know, the vinyl siding lifespan is not very long, consisting of something like fifteen or twenty years in general. So the answer might be obvious: renovation is not needed and can’t be done. However, even such a material as vinyl tends to grow old.
After long-term and constant exposure to the sun, rain, snow, and other elements, its surface tends to lose its color because it simply starts fading away. Moreover, the pigment fades irregularly on different parts of the house, making your siding look patchy!
So as you can see, technically it is possible to paint vinyl but in fact, there is no big need in it. However, if you still need to paint vinyl siding on your house, you just have to follow several requirements and remember certain restrictions regarding the paint for vinyl. With the help of these tips and life hacks, you will do everything right.
Can You Spray Paint Vinyl Siding?
When it comes to painting over the vinyl siding, many homeowners often become concerned about the possibility of spray paint it. Is it possible to spray paint vinyl? Will the paint stay on the surface?
You will be surprised at this point but in fact, the best way to apply paint on vinyl siding is to use a sprayer! Spraying will not only save you loads of time, it will also make your siding look like it has the original factory finish! Besides, sprayer painting results in an evener coating because it doesn’t leave any brush or roller marks and strokes on the surface of the vinyl siding.
And remember that, before you start painting, you need to wash and then prime your siding! It’s mandatory if you want to get a seamless and even coat of paint. Acrylic paint would be the best choice for your vinyl siding. It’s lightweight and clings tightly to the vinyl. Use two coats applied with a sprayer, and they will do the trick.
Now you know that vinyl can be painted (even though it doesn’t actually need it most of the time) and also, you found out that spray-painting is the ideal way of paint application for this siding material. Of course, since vinyl doesn’t last long itself, in most cases, you won’t need to paint it. But if your siding is already pretty old and you see it starts fading, but you are not planning to replace it all, then the painting would be a more suitable and definitely cheaper option!
How to Prep Vinyl Siding For Paint
Before you start applying paint over your vinyl siding, you need to clean it. Our houses are constantly exposed to all sorts of elements and external factors like rain, snowfalls, dirt and dust, and many others. All that stuff settles on the siding material, which can affect the paint’s adhesion properties.
So before you apply paint to your vinyl siding, make sure you remove all mildew, dust, and dirt from the surface. As an owner of vinyl siding, you probably know that this material tends to form a powder-like film on its surface when it gets really dirty. This film is what you should clean before painting. And of course, if you find any mildew on the surface of your vinyl siding, it also needs to be cleaned.
Some people say they wash their siding manually with a scrubbing brush and a sponge because it ensures you remove all the dirt for sure. But that sounds like too much tedious work to us!
Instead, why not opt for a simpler approach? The best and quickest way to remove both mildew and dirt from your vinyl siding is to use a garden sprayer. It will clean the siding the same effectively but you won’t have to spend tons of time on scrubbing each square meter with your own hands!
At this point, we would not recommend you power washing though it seems a very attempting option. See, the intense pressure from the power washer can move water behind the siding. Plus, the strong stream of water released under the pressure can cause damage to the surface of the siding material, leaving tiny cracks and scratches.
How Long Does Painted Vinyl Siding Last?
Since now you know that vinyl basically needs no paint unless it’s very old or worn out, you might be wondering how long a painted vinyl siding might last. Well, if you maintain your siding regularly and keep it clean, the vinyl siding itself can last from 20 to 40 years. But paint will have to be reapplied every 10 years or so. The frequency of painting sessions will depend on your local weather conditions.
This is why you should wipe your vinyl siding down every now and then. This can be done with a non-abrasive cleaner. Such a cleanup will be enough to keep the siding looking fresh and to remove any dust and dirt that might stick to it. Like that, you will also prevent a coat of paint from looking dull.
Specifics And Nuances Of Vinyl Sidings
As you know, vinyl siding is rather popular due to its affordability, easy installation process, and easy maintenance. However, this wonderful material also has certain downsides! For example, vinyl is not the best choice because it tends to break, in addition, such a siding usually decreases a house’s price should you decide to re-sell it.
So if you haven’t covered your house with vinyl siding and you still have concerns about it, we recommend you read on to find out what pros and cons this material has. Like that, you will make a decision easier.
What Pros&Cons Does Vinyl Siding Have?
Like any material meant for building, vinyl has its strong and weak sides.
What benefits do you get when installing vinyl siding?
- Low price compared to other siding materials.
- You can install vinyl siding by yourself.
- Easy maintenance since its slick surface prevents any debris like dust to stick to the walls.
- Easy cleaning. Spraying with your garden hose is usually enough.
- No need to paint it (in most cases)
- Long durability compared to other popular siding materials.
No wonder homeowners often prefer this material to others even though some people say vinyl might not look very attractive on the walls! But on the other hand, this material also has some side effects.
- When wrongly installed, vinyl siding can crack, warp, or bulge.
- You must be skilled at vinyl installation since this siding must be installed not too loose and not too tight.
- The short term of the material’s warranty (one year only).
- The siding may age sooner than expected because of the climate.
- Vinyl siding will reduce the price of a house on the market when being re-sold.
- Vinyl siding keeps moisture inside which leads to the rotting of the wood structure of the house. It will attract termites and result in mold.
How to Choose Paint For Vinyl Siding Correctly?
Choosing a suitable paint is an essential stage of your vinyl siding renovation. See, as we have already told you, not any paint will work well on vinyl simply because not every type of paint is designed for vinyl. Besides, since this siding is exposed to weather and elements, the paint for vinyl siding must be durable to stand them and not peel off after the first rain or snowfall.
This is why you must be very attentive when selecting paint for your siding! At that point, remember the following tips that might help you make the right choice:
- Pick up the vinyl paint for exterior use. Vinyl is widely used for interior purposes, too, so you can easily choose the wrong (interior) paint that won’t last outside.
- Pay attention to the initial pigment of the siding. The darker the initial pigment, the more warmth the walls will intake.
- Avoid using too dark paint colors on your vinyl siding since they will make it absorb way more heat!
- Never pick up the shade darker than the initial one!
These simple tips will allow everyone to avoid unpleasant accidents that may happen when painting vinyl wrongly.
What to Keep In Mind When Painting Vinyl Siding
Since now you are aware of the basic requirements and nuances of painting vinyl, as well as this material’s weak and strong sides, let’s take a look at the paint application process itself. It also has certain nuances that are good to be aware of in advance.
- Before we paint the siding, it must be cleaned. For that, use the blend made of ⅓ cup laundry detergent, ⅔ cup powder house cleaner, and ⅔ cup oxygen bleach for each gallon of water.
- Rinse the walls with the garden hose and scrub them manually moving from the bottom to the top. You can do it with a big sponge or a scrubbing brush.
- Rinse the walls, moving downward. It will prevent liquid from getting between the panels.
- When the walls are dry, apply the primer and let it dry.
- Apply paint after the coat of primer is dry.
- Paint the vinyl cover twice letting the first layer dry before the second one will be applied.
This is the best way to paint the siding without causing it any damage.
So, now you know way more about vinyl sidings and painting them. As you can see, vinyl can be painted even though it doesn’t actually need this from the beginning. However, if your siding is old and you see it’s getting faded in patches, painting might be a good option to refresh it.
And since now you know how to choose the suitable paint, what paint will be good on vinyl siding, and how to get this material ready for paint application, your painting project will definitely be successful!
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Vinyl Siding Need To Be Painted?
In fact, it doesn’t Vinyl is already kind of pre-painted but it may require painting if it’s way too worn out and/or old.
What Kind Of Paint To Use On Vinyl Siding?
100% acrylic paint is the best option as it’s lightweight and tightly clings to the vinyl.
How Long Does Vinyl Siding Last?
It can last up to 50 years, providing you with durability to its energy efficiency.