Can You Paint Vinyl?

Changing the colour of vinyl can make a significant change to your home’s look. There are, however, some things that you should keep in mind when painting vinyl. Let’s take a look at the different aspects of painting vinyl and how you should go about doing it.

Can You Paint Vinyl?

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What Kind of Paint will Stick to Vinyl?

When painting vinyl, you can use any paints that are made from 100% acrylic or blends of urethane and acrylic resin. In many cases, paint manufacturers will label these paints as “exterior”. It is also best to choose colours that have lighter tones. This is because dark paints absorb more heat than vinyl may be able to withstand. Darker coloured paints may also peel off faster.

Can You Paint Vinyl Trim on a House?

You can paint vinyl trims and sidings as long as you adhere to a few rules. New vinyl surfaces are typically smooth when they come out of the factory, so you will have to give it a light sanding with a 220 grit as well as a coat of primer. This will ensure that the coat of paint has something to hold on to. When you paint on the smooth vinyl surface, the paint will not spread evenly and the painting job will not be effective.

If you are painting older vinyl it may become chalky or show signs of mildew. Remove the chalkiness or mildew by giving the vinyl trimming a good power wash with a multi-purpose cleaner or bleach solution. Rinse the vinyl thoroughly before sanding it with the 220-grit paper.

Can You Paint White Vinyl Windows?

If replacing your windows altogether is not an option, it is important to choose the right paint and primer for your vinyl windows. Before painting your vinyl windows, it is of the utmost importance that you apply a vinyl-safe primer first. Both primers and paints for enamel are available in cans and spray can form. Some paints for vinyl windows are also available as reflective polyurethane enamel.

The colour of vinyl windows is also important. Try to stick to neutral hues such as grey, beige, or brown.

Can You Paint Other Plastics Like PVC?

Despite the fact that PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) is one of the best DIY materials to use around your home, it has a major drawback and that it doesn’t add to the aesthetic appeal of your property. PVC can be considered less attractive as it’s only available in white, black, grey, and clear. This means that many people have felt the need to paint their PVC add-ons or fittings to match it to other features of their home.

The problem is that PVC is not easy to paint. The paint can flake and change the dimensions of the PVC, which can cause problems with its functionality.

Staining is a better way to change the colour of your PVC pipes and fittings than painting as it doesn’t change the dimensional tolerances and it doesn’t flake. There are many high-quality staining products available that you can use to cover your PVC fittings.


Mayfair Paint N Paper carries superior Benjamin Moore Fresh Start primers and Regal series paints for these demanding exterior applications. If you have any questions at all about your project, give us a call today! 519-756-9790