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Old 10-28-2008, 07:02 PM   #1
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Can vinyl siding be painted?

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Can vinyl siding be painted?
Yes it can be painted! But will the paint adhere?

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I wouldn't paint it.
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If you decide to paint, you will lose the maintenance free quality of vinyl. You might need to paint every 10 years.
The secret to painting your vinyl siding lies in the procedure.
1. Start by cleaning all the dirt and mildew accumulated through the years. The siding can be cleaned by hand scrubbing or by power washing it. There are many cleaners available at your local hardware store. After cleaning it, it is important to rinse it thoroughly. If you skip this step, the paint will not adhere to the surface. 2. You are now ready to paint!
a. Vinyl siding has a very high coefficient of elasticity. This means that it expands or contracts depending on the temperature. This quality makes it challenging to paint.
b. In you want your new painted surface to last a long time, you will need to chose a high grade acrylic latex paint. This paint has extraordinary bonding capabilities. It will expand and contract with the vinyl without cracking.
c. A new color scheme can also be used. However, the new color must be lighter than the original color. Each vinyl siding is manufactured to resist specific levels of heat. If you chose a darker color, your “new” siding will absorb more heat. This could have some ugly consequences – your siding might warp or buckle.
d. Try not to paint under the direct sunlight if possible. Overcast weather produces better results.
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Sherwin-Williams and others make paint specifically for vinyl siding. Follow the manufacturers instructions.
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Sherwin-Williams and others make paint specifically for vinyl siding. Follow the manufacturers instructions.
Actually, SWP doesn't have special Vinyl Siding paint, (at least, not that I know about), but they do have a pre-approved color palette with "vinyl safe" colors. I think it has to do with the chemical formulation of different SWP colorants, maybe some of which work on Vinyl, some of which don't.

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The last I looked, they had a latex that was rated for superior adhesion to vinyl siding. It may be marketed under a Duron label which is a subsidiary of S-W. Pretty sure that Glidden had one too.
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I guess I will be a little more elaborate. You will be taking a state of the art technology siding and make it prone to chipping, cracking, fading and peeling if you paint it. Is the color really that bad?

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