Vinyl Siding can be painted, but the end result is usually a disaster. The paint often does not adhere properly.
(Yes, there are a few manufacturers making a paint they say will work on vinyl)
The vinyl expands and contracts quite substantially as it gets hot and cold, leaving unpainted lines showing the original color that are visible everywhere the panels overlapped at the time of painting, the result is often so bad that the only way of resolving the issue is to re-side the entire house.
Painting vinyl siding is not recommended.
As the temperature changes vinyl siding expands and contracts.
The panels expand with heat – getting longer and and contract as it gets colder – becoming shorter.
This movement means that sometimes there is more and sometimes less overlap between the pieces, with less overlap the original color will be visible at the joints.
Unfortunately, you will not be able to paint the siding and still allow for this movement. This means that (depending on the temperature outside), sections of the siding (under the overlap) that could not be painted will appear, showing the unpainted color.
There are new paints that are designed to stick to vinyl… bottom line, they are a good idea… just don’t do it!
Removing Latex Paint from Vinyl Siding
- Small splashes can be scraped off, using a fingernail or knife.
- Large splashes can often be removed using a power washer.
- Non abrasive detergent cleaners like TSP can be of help.