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How to Paint Vinyl Siding

Can you paint vinyl siding? Yes! Painting vinyl siding is an easy and budget friendly way to update your vinyl siding!

painting vinyl siding before and after

Today I’m sharing how to paint vinyl siding and how we transformed our back porch vinyl siding from a dingy, blue grey color to a beautiful, fresh, clean white!

Don’t worry though, if you want to go with a darker color rather than white or a light color you can do that too as I explain below!

painting vinyl siding

We are currently in the process of turning our back porch into a workshop area. I wanted a fresh white backdrop for filming and photos, but our vinyl siding was a blue grey color that I never really liked and it was time for a change!

BEFORE painting vinyl siding
BEFORE painting vinyl siding
BEFORE painting vinyl siding
BEFORE painting vinyl siding

I knew vinyl siding could be painted, but I had to do some research about the type of paint to use.

The Best Paint for Vinyl Siding

There are two well know paint brands for painting vinyl siding, Sherwin Williams vinyl siding paint and Benjamin Moore vinyl siding paint. They both carry vinyl safe colors that can be used in some of their different exterior paint lines.

Sherwin Williams even has multiple vinyl safe dark color options that can be used if you want to paint your vinyl siding a darker color than the color you currently have.

When I was looking at the vinyl safe paint colors by Sherwin Williams, I was surprised by the lack of white paint color options. So, I called my local Sherwin Williams store and the paint rep explained that you can actually use any of their white paint colors for the vinyl safe option!

Sherwin Williams white paint swatches

I was super excited to hear this and I ended up getting one of my favorite white paint colors, Alabaster, for our vinyl siding! We went with a satin sheen, which isn’t super shiny like semi-gloss, but it’s still easy to wipe down.

For the Sherwin Williams vinyl siding paint, you can get it in several of their exterior paint lines, but the paint rep recommended using Resilience and said it was more affordable compared to the others. So that’s what we went with and we bought it during their sale for less than $50 for a gallon!

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How to Paint Vinyl Siding:

Materials Needed:

***Note, if you’re doing a small vinyl siding area like us, then a paint brush and paint roller can be used. If you’re doing a larger area, or entire house, you may want to use a paint sprayer to make this process easier. Also, for the prep cleaning, I’d use a pressure washer for a larger area as well.

Video Tutorial:

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1. Clean the vinyl siding

Just like painting tile floor, painting a bathroom vanity, or any paint job, cleaning your surface is essential.

For the type of cleaner, it’s important to use something that doesn’t leave a residue, such as dish detergent, TSP, or Krud Kutter. We used Krud Kutter for painting our laminate kitchen cabinets and it works very well, so that’s what we used.

Note, if using a pressure washer, only use cleaner that is safe to use with it per your pressure washer instruction manual.

Follow the directions on the label for preparing the cleaner based on how much you need and also how to use the cleaner. We mixed about a cup of Krud Kutter with a little less than a gallon of water.

clean the vinyl siding with a scrub brush

Use a scrub brush or pressure washer to clean the vinyl siding with the cleaner mix. Start at the top of the siding and work your way down.

After using the cleaning mix, wipe the vinyl siding down with water and allow it to dry.

wipe cleaner off the vinyl siding with water and sponge

2. Prep for painting vinyl siding

Use painters tape and tape off any areas that need to be protected from paint, including the walls, floor, windows, etc.

Brandon is really good a cutting in (he use to work for a paint company in college), so we only needed to use a little bit of tape in hard to reach areas.

Also, if you’re using a paint sprayer, tape plastic over any areas you need to protect from the sprayer, like windows or doors.

A Note about Primer

The Sherwin Williams Resilience paint we used does not require primer for repaint jobs, only new surfaces, so we didn’t need to use any. However, check the paint specs for the paint type you use in case it does require it.

Also, see my final note about priming in step #4!

3. Use paint and a brush to cut in hard to reach areas

Start by cutting in any hard to reach areas, including the floor or ceiling (if applicable) with a paint brush. Allow the first cut coat to dry and then apply a second or third coat if needed.

painting vinyl siding and cutting in around hard to reach areas
painting vinyl siding and cutting in around hard to reach areas like the window

Because we were going from a blue grey color to white and didn’t use primer, we ended up needing three coats of white paint for our cutting in coats.

how to paint vinyl siding
after cutting in with paint brush in vinyl siding

4. Paint the vinyl siding

standing on a ladder and painting vinyl siding

Paint the vinyl siding with a small paint roller or use a paint sprayer.

We used a paint roller for painting our vinyl siding. After the first coat of paint dries, add a second or third coat if needed.

painting vinyl siding with a roller
how to paint vinyl siding with a paint roller

A Final Note about Primer

We ended up needing multiple coats of rolling! I was thinking we should have used a primer, even though it wasn’t required for our paint type since it was a repaint job and not a new surface. Primer would have increased our cost, so it was worth the extra roll coat time to save on cost.

However, if you’re doing a larger area, and going from a dark to white color, a primer may be a good idea. I would ask your local paint store which one to use with the paint you select.

Painting Vinyl Siding Before and After

OK time for the big painting vinyl siding transformation reveal!! Here is a before and after comparison:

BEFORE painting vinyl siding
how to paint vinyl siding white

Here’s the other side of the room, the lighting kept changing on me so the shade of white looks different, but you can see a better full room view on the video tutorial here!

painting vinyl siding

Wow I just can’t believe how good this turned out, I loveeee the fresh, clean white painted siding!

It looks even prettier next to our black DIY faux barn door!

painting vinyl siding white

What do you think? I hope this how to paint vinyl siding tutorial has been helpful! Up next for this “workshop” transformation, we will be painting our tile floor!!! I seriously can’t wait, stay tuned!

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Thursday 5th of May 2022

Somehow I know SW Alabaster when I see it. Weird, huh? It is the perfect white, imo. Your siding looks great.

Angela Marie Made

Friday 13th of May 2022

Thank you!


Thursday 30th of September 2021

How did you deal with the joints in the siding.

Angela Marie Made

Tuesday 5th of October 2021

We were able to get a brush to cover those areas.


Saturday 5th of June 2021

Now that some time has passed, how is the vinyl holding up? Any chips or warping? I love the finished look!!

Angela Marie Made

Monday 7th of June 2021

It has held up really well, no chips or warping.

Heather Anne

Monday 25th of January 2021

It looks amazing - I am going to follow your directions on my back porch as soon as weather permits!

Angela Marie Made

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

Thank you so much!!