How to Paint Vinyl Siding

Spray vinyl with diluted bleach to remove mildew before painting.
Spray vinyl with diluted bleach to remove mildew before painting.

I need to paint a few pieces of exterior vinyl siding. How do I prepare the siding so paint will adhere to it? -Verna

Verna,
Begin by cleaning the vinyl siding with detergent and water. If any mildew is present, spray it with a mixture of one part bleach to four parts water (a pump up garden sprayer works great for this). Let the bleach stay on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse it thoroughly and allow the siding to dry.

Paint vinyl siding with a high quality, exterior, acrylic latex paint. Do not paint it a darker color than the factory color, since it may cause it to absorb too much heat and warp.

Good luck with your project,

Danny