LESLIE: Now we’re going to talk to Karen from Peekskill, New York who’s got a painting question. Welcome, Karen.
Painting Vinyl Siding: Can it be Done?
KAREN: OK, we have a light blue vinyl siding on our house. It’s about 20 years old and it’s in good condition.
KAREN: We’re trying to save money and we’d like to not reside but paint the siding a light gray and we want to know if that’s possible and, if we did it, would it last.
TOM: Never seen a paint that is flexible enough to be able to paint vinyl siding with. Vinyl siding has a very high expansion and contraction rate and the problem is that the paint is not going to have that same kind of rate. And so, as a result, it’s going to peel off and crack and come off probably in sheets.
TOM: So the answer is no, I would not paint vinyl siding. I don’t think it can be done. Even though there are paints for plastics, the expansion/contraction rate is such with vinyl that I doubt it would last.
KAREN: Wow. OK. Sorry to hear that but thank you for that. (chuckles)
TOM: I would just try to adjust to that blue color. It’s not so bad. (Leslie chuckles)
KAREN: OK, thank you.
TOM: You’re welcome, Karen. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT, 888-666-3974.