Painting Vinyl Siding

Q: My vinyl siding is getting older, but it's so expensive to replace. Is repainting an option? How do I know where to start?

A: Yes! Repainting is a great option. Start with good surface prep. The performance of any paint is directly related to the quality and thoroughness of surface preparation. It will be important to remove any dirt, grime, chalk and any other contaminants from the siding by hand cleaning or with the use of a power washer. Pay special attention to the chalk -- vinyl sidings have a tendency to chalk severely, so it's important to remove it before painting.

To test for chalk: Rub a black cloth on the siding. Check to see if there is a transfer of chalk to the cloth.

Q: What type of paint is best for painting vinyl siding?

A: With the flexible nature of vinyl siding, it's important to use a paint coating that has the ability to flex with those movements. We recommend two coats of any of our 100% acrylic latex paint such as Permacryl Exterior, Paramount, Weather-Plate or EverCryl. (Our 100% acrylic coatings will provide excellent adhesion to the vinyl siding.)

Bonus: Not only do these coatings provide excellent adhesion and the flexibility needed on vinyl siding, but they also provide excellent durability when it comes to peeling, blistering, flaking, and fade resistance.

Q: Which paint colors are best for vinyl siding?

A: While it is perfectly okay to paint vinyl siding a different color from its original manufactured color, you should be cautious not to paint vinyl siding darker than the original manufactured color. Each color of vinyl siding is manufactured to resist certain levels of heat.

You should know: If you have white vinyl siding and you paint it a medium tone color, the darker color will absorb more heat than the white and this could cause the siding to warp or buckle.

Diamond Vogel

819 W 7th Street

Sioux City, Iowa 


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