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2023 Homeowner’s Guide on How to Paint Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding remains one of the top choices of many homeowners for several reasons. It’s affordable, relatively durable, and has very few maintenance requirements.

But even so, with time, your home’s vinyl siding will start showing wear and tear. Some quick fixes, replacements, and maybe even a new coat of paint can bring your home’s siding back to its former glory.

But is painting vinyl siding that easy? Let’s find out.

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Weathered vinyl siding

Tools and Materials Needed for Painting Vinyl Siding

Tools Needed Materials Needed
Pressure Washer Exterior Vinyl-Safe Paint
Scrub Brush Primer (if recommended by paint manufacturer)
Paint Sprayer or Paint Roller with Extension Pole Mildew Cleaner or Vinegar Solution
Paint Brushes (for trim and hard-to-reach areas) Water and Soap (for cleaning)
Drop Cloths or Plastic Sheets Plastic Sheeting or Masking Paper (for protecting surrounding areas)
Painter's Tape Sandpaper (medium grit)
Caulk Gun and Caulk Patching Compound or Filler (for repairing cracks and holes)
Safety Gear Vinyl-Safe Cleaning Solution
Ladder or Scaffolding (if necessary) Painter's Tape
Paint Stirrer Exterior Caulk (paintable)
Paint Tray Ladder or Scaffolding (if necessary)

Choosing The Right Type Of Paint

Probably the best type of paint for your vinyl siding is one that’s 100% acrylic, like Benjamin Moore’s Revive, which has more color options to pick from. Acrylic and urethane resins are great vinyl paints too.

If your paint is safe for vinyl, you may choose to use darker colors as a final coat. However, remember that dark shades absorb more heat from the sun and can cause warping of vinyl siding due to excessive heat build-up. Opt for lighter tones when painting on vinyl surfaces to avoid this problem.

Applying two coats of paint gives you superior coverage and durability, meaning fewer trips to the store for extra supplies and less time spent painting your house in the future.

Note: To determine what type of paint works best for your case, we recommend contacting a pro to discover your needs, wants, and preferences.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary tools and materials mentioned earlier. This will ensure a smooth and efficient painting process.

Step 2: Clean the Vinyl Siding

Proper preparation is key to a successful paint job. Use a pressure washer to clean the siding, removing dirt, grime, and mildew. For stubborn spots, use a scrub brush with a mildew cleaner or a vinegar solution. Allow the siding to dry completely.
clean vinyl siding

Step 3: Inspect and Repair

Carefully inspect the siding for any cracks, holes, or damage. Fill these imperfections using patching compound or filler. Sand down any rough areas for a smooth surface.
repair vinyl siding

Step 4: Protect Surrounding Areas

Cover plants, windows, and other non-paintable surfaces with drop cloths or plastic sheeting. Use painter’s tape to protect edges, trims, and other areas you don’t want to paint.

Step 5: Apply Primer (if needed)

Check the paint manufacturer’s recommendations. Some vinyl-safe paints do not require a primer, but if recommended, apply a thin coat of primer and allow it to dry as per instructions.

Step 6: Apply Paint

Choose a high-quality vinyl-safe exterior paint. Stir the paint thoroughly before pouring it into a paint tray or sprayer. Use a paint sprayer or roller to apply the paint evenly. Start from the top and work your way down, using long and even strokes. Be careful not to leave drips or streaks.
paint vinyl siding

Step 7: Work in Sections

Divide the siding into manageable sections. Work on one section at a time to ensure the paint doesn’t dry too quickly before you can properly blend it.

Step 8: Apply Multiple Coats

Most likely, you’ll need to apply two coats of paint for proper coverage. Allow the first coat to dry according to the paint manufacturer’s instructions before applying the second coat.

Step 9: Paint Trim and Details

Use smaller paint brushes to carefully paint trim, edges, and other intricate details. This requires a steady hand and attention to detail.

Step 10: Allow to Dry

After applying the final coat, allow the paint to dry for the recommended time. Make sure the paint is completely dry before removing protective coverings and tape.

Step 11: Inspect and Touch Up

Once the paint is fully dry, inspect the siding for any missed spots or areas that might need touch-ups. Use a brush to carefully apply paint to these areas.

Step 12: Clean Up

Clean your tools and equipment according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Dispose of any leftover paint, and properly store any materials you may want to use again in the future.

Painting Vinyl Siding On Your Own

If you have experience with this kind of project, painting your home’s vinyl siding alone may not feel like a hassle – until you start.

This is not to say you can’t possibly do it on your own, but that it does take a lot of time and effort. And if you have to climb ladders and risk your life, doing this by yourself may not be the best option out there.

Professionals have the tools and equipment to make this project much easier. Us, for example, we’ve been doing this since our very first day, and we know the ins and outs like the back of our hand.

If you want to skip all the stress and hassle, get in touch with us! But if you feel like giving this project a shot, here are the steps to do it properly.

Painting vinyl siding in gray

Primer For Painting Vinyl Siding

You can’t skip the primer no matter what. You need them to ensure the vinyl siding paint is applied correctly and that it’ll last for as long as it’s supposed to.

Bonding primers are your go-to choice when painting vinyl siding — they not only work on both interior and exterior surfaces but also provide an outstanding hold. Here are my top three picks from this range of bonding primers:

Beige siding

Painting Vinyl Siding FAQ

There are a couple of reasons why this might happen. The most common one is because of the expansion and contraction of the vinyl that’s more than the paint can handle. This causes the bond to loosen and the paint to fail. Another common reason is that the surface might’ve been dirty.

You can paint vinyl in any color, but a dark color will only make things worse. Dark colors on vinyl can absorb too much heat causing the paint to peel and/or the vinyl to warp. You’re much better off painting the vinyl siding of your home in a light color.

If applied correctly, painted vinyl siding could easily last 10 – 20 years.


Painting vinyl siding is a great way to enhance your property and make it look better. It increases the overall value of your home and gives you a great sense of pride when your neighbors notice the new look of your home.

But painting the entire home by yourself is difficult, time-consuming, and even risky. Of course, it’s not impossible, and if you’ve done this kind of project before, you should be perfectly fine. But even so, having someone else do it while you enjoy the ride is much better.

Here at City & Country Contracting, we’ve been painting home sidings from our very beginning. We’re experts in our trade and we love bringing homes here in Langley Township back to their youth.

If you’re interested in a complete siding installation or any home improvement you have in mind, give us a call at (604) 329-8996 or request a free quote!