Can Vinyl Siding be painted?

Vinyl siding can be a great upgrade to the appearance of your home. Yet,

Over time, it may become faded or oxidized and you may want to freshen it up or even change the color completely.
The question often comes up – can you paint vinyl siding?
The short answer is yes. Of course, there is more to it than that.
The longer answer will depend on the brand of vinyl siding as well as the type of paint.

It is always a good idea to use a professional painter who has painted on vinyl siding before but if you feel your DIY skills are up for the task, this is entirely up to you.

The main reason that painting siding may become problematic is that homeowners do not always take into consideration the characteristics of vinyl and the manner in which the material contracts and expands. While other material like wood may also do this, the degree is not generally as extreme.
Not to mention that wood typically expands and contracts during seasonal weather changes, but vinyl materials go through more drastic changes every day and night. For this reason, you may be required to perform touchups more often.

The other major consideration is the product you apply to the vinyl surface.
You need compatibility with vinyl compounds and you can find it in a high-grade acrylic paint that is designed for vinyl. The higher grade options have the elasticity needed.
The absolute best choice at this time for a paint that can work with the expansion and contraction of the PVC is a water based urethane blended with acrylic resins.

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Making a color choice is also more important than most people realize. While it is possible to paint vinyl, your choices are more limited than what you would have if painting a different type of surface. It is simply a good idea to paint the siding a shade lighter than the original siding color.
The reason is that darker colors absorb more heat and this can end up causing damage to the vinyl. The manufactured color of the siding you have was specific in order to withstand only certain temperatures. Turning to a darker color means taking the risk of causing heat damage such as distortion or buckling.

And of course, painting it too much lighter may also require more coats to be able to overtake the original vinyl color.

Also, any material should always be well cleaned and thoroughly dry before painting.  It is always necessary to wash your siding to remove dirt, mold and other outdoor pollution that can accumulate over time.
The best method to use is hand washing with a sponge because pressure washers can actually leave behind a film that is hard to see. Use an organic soap such as Simple Green and pay attention to the conditions as you are washing. You may prefer to use a pressure washer to rinse, but do not get too far away from the surface, because the volume of water is decreased to a fog and the effectiveness will be limited compared to a high-pressure nozzle on a garden hose.
If not thoroughly dried, you may get a drip from underneath some edges that will give the finish job some adverse reactions, so do not be in a hurry to open up paint cans just yet, and your new color will look good for the longest time.

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