Can you paint vinyl siding?

We talked about painting aluminum siding, but what about vinyl, can you paint vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding was introduced as an exterior product in the 1950s. With time it has gotten better but like paint it is not immune to fading. It will fade somewhat slower than paint though. It varies in quality and as a general rule the more expensive is more durable and the color will fade slower.

Can vinyl siding be painted?

After years of weather conditions it will start looking tired and when that happens an easy way to bring it back to life is by painting it. Painting vinyl siding is pretty straight forward, pressure wash to a clean surface and apply a paint that is compatible with vinyl siding like Sherwin Williams Vinyl Siding Compatible Paint or Benjamin Moore Vinyl and Aluminum Siding

Exterior house painting ideas

One very simple exterior house painting idea is white. Believe it or not 40% of the residential exteriors are white and in my opinion they look pretty good.

Start with a color you like and try to work a color scheme around that. Maybe you’ve seen a house that you like in your area, you can stop by and talk to the owners about the color scheme. Most of the time they will be pleased that someone likes the color on their house so much that want to paint their house with the same color.

Another great idea is to look in the charts with color combinations that paint stores offer. Those combinations are put together by professional decorators and always work great.

Other exterior house painting ideas involve whether you plan to live on that house for a long time or if you plan to sell your house in the near future. If you plan to sell your house you might consider using a neutral color. Something that will look pleasant to most people.

Another idea is to ask your your painter. House painters see many different types of homes and generally have a pretty good idea on what might work for a particular type of house.

Getting rid of paint smell

Today’s question comes from Aaren. Aaren asks:

Hi hope you can help! My daughter’s room will not stop smelling. In fact, I challenged Olympic Paint and Lowe’s – going back and forth until we settled. KILZ and another coat of paint reproduced the original smell! Olympic even paid a professional to do all that work for us. The second coat of Premium One water based latex interior paint still smells. We have 2 air purifiers and had our windows opens for a week while painting and for 12 days afterward. …. As of today however we are dealing with a smell from Friday. It’s awful and I’m afraid to let my daughter sleep in there (although she has for two nights). WHAT can I do to make it go away. The room seems like it’s cursed. No other room in our house ever smelled like this… Please help with ideas of what to do. How long is this supposed to last. The smell is like a sweet, clay smell. It doesn’t really smell like paint at all. We even crawled into the attic to check for smell and it wasn’t present. We tried sprays, onions, vinegar, steam cleaning. Everything. Your advice would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks. Aaren

To be honest I personally have never experienced prolonged smelling after painting a room. Usually something like that might happen if there is excessive moisture which makes the paint dry slower and may contribute to the paint smelling. To try to get rid of the smell I would put a container with some coffee in it. If it doesn’t remove the smell at least will enhance the air a bit.

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