vinyl siding
There are options for hiding scratches on vinyl siding.

Linda has a 75-year-old bungalow with vinyl siding. She recently hung a large metal decorative star on the outside. Following a big windstorm, the star left unsightly scratch marks on the siding.

Now, she’s wondering what she can do about it.

Here’s our advice: Using an artist’s brush, Linda could try to blend the paint with a matching color.

If she’s dealing with aluminum siding, the scratches could come off easier, provided she sand, paint and prime the walls.

If Linda wants to repaint her siding, here’s how she can go about it.

  1. Thoroughly clean vinyl siding with a stiff nylon brush using a mixture of TSP (trisodium phosphate) and water.
  2. Rinse the siding with a garden hose equipped with a spray nozzle, and allow it to dry.
  3. Apply a bonding primer, or a quality exterior primer with a bonding primer additive, and allow the siding to dry.
  4. Apply two coats of a high-quality acrylic latex paint, allowing drying time between coats.

If the vinyl siding needs additional cleaning, add special cleaning solution to a pressure washer, or mix up the following in a bucket to use to clean by hand:

  1. 1 gallon of water
  2. 1/3 cup powdered laundry detergent
  3. 2/3 cup TSP (trisodium phosphate) cleaner

Dip a long-handled, soft-bristled, car-cleaning brush in the solution; and scrub the vinyl siding gently, starting at the bottom and working your way up.

Follow by rinsing off the cleaning solution with a garden hose, starting at the top and working your way down.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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