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  • Working time: 1 to 3 hours
  • Total time: 2 days
  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Project cost: A gallon of paint runs between $50 to $200. A gallon of exterior paint typically covers 350 square feet.

Can you paint vinyl siding? The short answer is yes, thanks to advances in paint. In the past, it wasn’t possible to paint vinyl siding because of the way that vinyl siding expands and contracts throughout the year. Paint that mirrored the siding’s movement didn’t exist. But now, paints like latex urethane can handle the expansion and contraction. Prepare for a multi-day project when painting vinyl siding because the existing siding needs extensive cleaning and time to dry before painting.

When to Paint Vinyl Siding

As with any exterior painting project, you’ll need to find a few consecutive days of suitable weather. Vinyl siding tends to expand in warm weather and contract in cold weather, so avoid the cold, as well as hot, humid or windy days.

Vinyl siding paint also tends to take on dings and chips over the life of a house, so if those eyesores have started to accumulate, then it’s time to consider painting vinyl siding.

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Safety Considerations

An exterior painting project will require the use of a ladder, so be sure to place it on level ground and practice safe ladder use.

Tools

  • Hose and spray nozzle
  • Bucket
  • Soft-bristle brush, sponges or rags
  • Paint roller or paint sprayer
  • Paintbrushes

Materials

  • Laundry detergent
  • General-purpose cleaning powder
  • Laundry bleach
  • Painter’s tape
  • Masking material
  • Water

Instructions

1. Pick the Proper Paint

Since vinyl siding can change shape throughout the year, it’s important to find the right paint. Pick a paint that has acrylic and urethane resins, which helps the paint stick to the vinyl siding. Pick a color that matches the color of your vinyl siding or appears lighter in color. Darker colors absorb more heat and can lead to warped siding. A latex urethane paint made specifically for exterior use is your best option for vinyl siding paint. Ask a paint professional at a home improvement store to find the proper vinyl siding paint that will last.

2. Mix Cleaning Solution

A simple mix of a gallon of water, 1/3 cup of laundry detergent, a 2/3 cup of powdered house cleaner and a quart of oxygen-based, liquid laundry bleach can be used to clean a home’s siding. Use the cleaning solution by applying with a sprayer and scrubbing the siding with a rag or soft-bristled brush. You don’t need a sprayer to clean the siding, but it can help speed up the process. Be sure to rinse off all remaining residue after cleaning and allow the siding to dry.

3. Prime Siding and Paint

If the color of your vinyl siding has worn away, you’ll want to prime the siding. You can paint the siding with a paint sprayer or a roller. Use painter’s tape to cover trim and other areas you won’t paint. Finish the first coat by using a brush around the edges and corners.

4. Let Paint Dry and Apply Second Coat

Let the first coat of paint dry before applying the second coat. The second coat will need a full day to dry before you inspect the house to see if areas need an additional coat.

5. Clean Up

Once the second coat has dried, you can begin removing the painter’s tape around the masked off areas. Also, take a look to see if any spots need a touch-up.

When to Call a Pro

If the project is too large for you or if you’re short on the time needed for the project, then hiring a pro is a good idea. Beware the cost to paint vinyl siding runs between $3,000 to $5,000.

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