Vinyl siding is excellent for homes because the maintenance on the material is minimal in comparison to other siding materials. The majority of people simply use a mild soap detergent and warm water to clean the vinyl siding on their homes.
Removing paint from vinyl siding can be tricky and if you are not careful you can damage the siding. For this reason it is highly recommended that you do not paint your vinyl siding.
Painting Vinyl Siding
Often home owners want to freshen up or have a new look to their homes without the expense of completely re-siding the house. One option is to paint the vinyl siding that is present.
The difficulty that arises is that paint does not adhere well to vinyl siding. As a result after six months to a year, the paint begins to bubble or chip in places.
Scraping Process for Paint Removal
The first option for removing paint from vinyl siding is to scrape the old paint. You will notice sections that have bubbles or chipped. Using a paint scraper tool, lightly scrape the vinyl surface. Be certain not to apply too much pressure or you can crack or gouge the siding material.
As you lightly scrape the siding, use a lint-free, dry rag over the surface. Often you can actually rub sections and remove the paint without damaging the vinyl. Rinse your home with a garden hose that is not on full blast for the spray nozzle.
Soap and Water Method
Often after scraping and rinsing, you can remove paint that has faded and still on the home with warm soap and water. With a rough surface sponge, lightly scrub the area in a circular motion. Rinse the section often with the garden hose on a low spray level.
Many home owners combine the scraping method with the soap and water method. This seems to be very effective for removing the paint from the surface area without damaging the siding.
Paint Thinner Option
Once you have scraped the home well and rinsed, there may still be areas of paint. You only want to select this option as a last resort if nothing else has finished removing paint from vinyl siding on your home.
Apply a small amount of paint thinner to a clean, dry rag. In a circular motion with a small amount of pressure, wipe the section. Holding the spray nozzle from a garden hose in a downward angle, rinse the section.
Reapply paint thinner again until the paint is removed. Be certain to rinse often to prevent thinner from building up on the siding.
Pressure washing is often used by home owner for removing paint from vinyl siding. However, this is not recommended.
Pressure washing can severely damage the siding if the pressure is too high. Often, you will not realize that you are doing damage until it is too late. Entire sections of siding will have to be replaced.
Additionally, improper pressure washing can blast water behind the back of the siding. This then can cause structural damage to the home and set up a vapor zone to grow mildew and mold.