Painting Vinyl Siding
and Trim

A light gray colored house with vinyl siding and two door garage

Even though vinyl siding is one of the most common exterior building materials, many homeowners are not aware that it can be painted. Repainting vinyl siding not only helps clients easily boost their home's curb appeal it is a lot less expensive than re-siding. That's where a professional painting contractor comes in.

Benjamin Moore makes it easy for you to repaint your client's vinyl sided homes with Colors for Vinyl, a palette of 75 handpicked colors available for use in select Benjamin Moore exterior paint lines.

Step 1: Cleaning Vinyl Siding

Before painting, the surface must be cleaned thoroughly. Any mildew, chalk, or dirt must be removed to ensure maximum adhesion.

TIP: The best way to clean vinyl siding is either by hand scrubbing or power washing. Consider Clean Multi-Purpose Cleaner (318), which is ideal for cleaning vinyl surfaces. No matter the cleaner used, thoroughly rinse the surface with clean water after washing, as the surface needs to be dry before priming or painting.

Step 2: Priming Vinyl Siding

In most cases, a primer is not necessary; the Benjamin Moore exterior products for use with the Colors for Vinyl palette, are self-priming on properly prepared vinyl.

TIP: Pitted or porous vinyl siding must always be primed. Consider Fresh Start® High Hiding All Purpose Primer (046) for this step.

Step 3: Helping Clients Select Colors*

Colors for Vinyl offers a curated palette of 75+ colors that have been selected by our color and design experts.

TIP: Many Colors for Vinyl colors are part of designer-favorite color palettes including the Benjamin Moore Historical Collection and Affinity® Collection.

Step 4: Painting Vinyl Siding

  • Two coats is typically the recommended application for exteriors, however always follow the directions on the can.
  • Do not over-apply product.
  • Spray, brush or roll on to surface.
  • Vinyl siding does not retain moisture, so it is easy to clean and dries quickly.

TIP: Do not apply when air and surface temperatures are below 40°F (4.4°C) and avoid painting in direct sunlight – the surface should not be hot to the touch.

*Be sure your clients have inspected and confirmed that all vinyl siding is properly installed and that repairs have been made as needed. Before painting vinyl siding, always check specific vinyl manufacturer’s guidelines and the Technical Data Sheet.
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