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Old 05-31-2007, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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We just bought a home that has vinyl siding and want to get it painted.
Its just boring old white right now.

Being out west for so long I dont have any experience with anything other tha stucco.

Is it even possible to paint vinyl siding?
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Old 05-31-2007, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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I know it's at least possible - a new apartment complex is being built by my house. They put up vinyl siding then painted it a different color. I guess the benefit is it doesn't have that plastic look. Or maybe they just got a cheap price on some siding and it was the wrong color so they repainted?

Anyhow, definitely possible!
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Old 05-31-2007, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Debary, Florida
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One of the HUGE buying points of vynl siding is you don't have to paint it...EVER...because the color of the siding doesn't peal like paint will...

You completely defeating the purpose of the siding if you paint it. Maybe you can add color with shutters and painting the trim?
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Old 05-31-2007, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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You completely defeating the purpose of the siding if you paint it. Maybe you can add color with shutters and painting the trim?
I know, but its just so BOOORING!

Plain old white house... zzzzzz...
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Old 05-31-2007, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Debary, Florida
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I know, but its just so BOOORING!

Plain old white house... zzzzzz...

I will take boring if I can avoid paying 1600 to paint my house every few years...thats what its going to cost me.

I just wonder what kind of paint you will have to get to adhere to the surface, its liable to be something different then normal paint.
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Old 05-31-2007, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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"I just wonder what kind of paint you will have to get to adhere to the surface, its liable to be something different then normal paint." yes, it will be. to get paint to adhere to vinyl, and stay there for a while, will take a different formula of product and possibly a bonding primer as well as an airless sprayer. talk to the folks at Duron, or Sherwin Williams.
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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"I just wonder what kind of paint you will have to get to adhere to the surface, its liable to be something different then normal paint." yes, it will be. to get paint to adhere to vinyl, and stay there for a while, will take a different formula of product and possibly a bonding primer as well as an airless sprayer. talk to the folks at Duron, or Sherwin Williams.
So I'm guessing it will cost me considerably more than a 'normal' paint job?

Looks like we might be stuck with a white house!
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Old 05-31-2007, 07:14 PM
 
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I guess not having to repaint it is one of the pros for going vinyl. But the paint WILL fade. Not sure how long it will take, but it will happen. Everything subjected to the sunlight will eventually fade.

We bought an old house that had vinyl siding. The paint looked very old and flat. We painted it before selling. The house was washed/treated to get all the surface gunk out. A good quality primer was put on first, then a sprayer was used for the paint. The house definitely shined like new. It was not considerably more than a standard paint job.
Not sure how long that paint job is gonna hold up though, or if the paint is ever gonna fade/peel off. Oh well...
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Old 05-31-2007, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Since vinyl expands and contracts through the seasons, you should consider that the overlaps at the joints may be revealed when the siding contracts in the winter. It may show a 1/4" of white when the covering piece doesn't cover entirely.

Painting it turns a nearly non-maintenance component into a maintenance component.
Rather than painting, I would seriously consider putting the equivalent amount of money into colored shutters, a few blooming landscape shrubs, trellises or arbors, a flag or two, or whatever accessories may break it up a little.
$1500-$2500 buys a lot of nice plants that will vary with the seasons.
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Old 05-31-2007, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I love white houses! They are so classic! I'd keep the vinyl white as opposed to painting every 5 years. Paint the door and the shutters a different vibrant color! Thats why I love white...you can accessorize with a different color each and every time your tastes change!

Vicki
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