Cost to Paint Vinyl Siding – 2021

| Last Updated: November 28, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 2059

$ 250

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 49% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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The average price to Paint Vinyl Siding noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does it cost to paint vinyl siding? The contractor cost to paint vinyl siding is $2,288 vs. doing it yourself for $250. 

Vinyl siding was created to withstand the elements and not require painting, but there’s plenty of old vinyl out there that could use a new topcoat finish.

The key to painting vinyl siding is to use a good quality, acrylic latex exterior paint that will be flexible and withstand climate changes, and still provides a good bond to the vinyl siding.

A water-based acrylic exterior paint is a good choice because it goes on easily and has leveling properties, so it adheres to both smooth and textured surfaces. And latex paint makes cleaning up brushes and rollers easy. Here’s a link to Sherwin-Williams which has a paint formulated for vinyl siding: VinylSafe and How to Paint Your House’s Exterior.

Another good choice to make in this scenario is applying paint with a sprayer. Spraying helps you achieve factory-like finish and can save you a lot of time compared to using a roller. We suggest picking a spray gun that works well with latex.

A painting contractor will charge $2,228, which includes labor and material, to prepare, wash and paint a 1,400-square feet of siding. That preparation is extensive, including cleaning the siding with a pressure washer to thoroughly remove debris and dead bugs, and then washing the surface to remove all mildew, mold and tree sap. When it’s dry, the paint goes on.

You can do the job for $250, the cost of the paint and cleaning supplies. If you don’t own a power washer, budget about $75 a day to rent one. This is a labor-intensive project that will take a homeowner working alone a good 37 hours from start to finish. But you’ll enjoy the good-looking results for a long time to come!

The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to paint vinyl siding with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision. 

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Welcome! We hope you’ll find the job costs of home improvement projects useful when you’re deciding whether to do a job yourself vs. hire a contractor. We’re the authors of 20 home improvement books, most notably Home Improvement for Dummies©, Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies©, Carpentry for Dummies©, Plumbing for Dummies©, and Painting and Wallpapering for Dummies©. Our most recent book Fix It and Flip It is in its second edition. We’ve appeared as home improvement experts on television programs such as CNN, Dateline, the Today Show, HGTV and many others.