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How to Get Paint Off Vinyl Siding

how to get paint off vinyl siding

The paint is chipping and the color was never quite what you wanted. In a moment of frustration, you grabbed your roller and started painting over it. Now the paint is on the vinyl siding!

What should you do? How do you get paint off Vinyl Siding

We have some tips for getting those pesky paints off of vinyl siding without harming them in any way.

Removing Paint Off Vinyl Siding

Removing paint off vinyl siding is not as hard as you think, but it does require some work and patience. 

The first thing that you should do is use a utility knife or scraper blade to chip away at the larger pieces of flaked up paint. 

After this, you want to use a combination of paint thinner and mineral spirits for the smaller pieces.

If that still doesn’t work, then it may be time to break out some more powerful chemicals like acetone or lacquer thinner which will need to be applied with extreme caution as they are very flammable.

We recommend doing this outside! If there is still paint left on your vinyl siding, you can try sanding it away with a variable speed orbital sander. 

This works extremely well because the grit of the pad is very fine and will not leave any scratches or marks behind.

If none of these work for you, then perhaps calling in the pros would be best! 

They have more powerful chemicals and tools like power washers, steam cleaners or even scrapers to get the paint off.

Tools and chemicals for removing paint off vinyl siding

  • Using a heat gun and scraping vinyl siding paint.
    • The easiest method that we know of is using the heat from a standard blower/heat gun next to the surface while scraping at it with a wire brush or scraper.
    • This method is simple enough for anyone to do and you’ll be done in no time!
  • Using WD40.
    • If your Paint is old and dry, you can use WD40 to break down the paint so that it comes off easily.
    • Spray on a generous amount of oil while scraping at the same time.
  • Using an Orbital sander/sanding block.
    • This is our favorite way for vinyl siding removal because it’s easy enough for anyone to do and gets the paint off quickly.
    • Using an orbital sander/sanding block, you can remove all of the paint in a couple minutes!
  • Chemicals for removing vinyl siding paints.
    • If your house is painted with oil based paints or heavy latex (acrylic) paints; then try using chemicals to dissolve them.
    • This will remove the paint quickly, but you can’t use it on all types of siding so be sure to try a test spot first.
  • Warm water and soap for vinyl siding cleaning.
    • You can also use warm soapy water or even ammonia in some cases when trying to get the paint off.
    • All of these methods have their place, so test a small area first to see which one works best for you.
  • Abrasive Cleaner: Ammonia is an effective paint remover for vinyl siding.
    • First, clean the surface with a garden hose.
    • Mix equal parts of ammonia and warm water in a spray bottle.
    • Apply the solution to remove the paint from your vinyl siding, then rinse with cool water and let dry completely before painting or re-installing weatherproofing.
  • Bleach Cleaner: A bleach cleaner will remove paint from vinyl siding.
    • First, clean the surface with a garden hose. Mix 1 gallon of bleach and 2 gallons of warm water in a bucket.
  • Denture Cleaner: Denture cleaners have the same ingredients as bleach cleaners, so they can remove paint from vinyl siding.
    • First, clean the surface with a garden hose.
    • Mix 1 gallon of warm water and 2 tablespoons of denture cleaner in a bucket.
  • Dish Soap: Soap and water will remove paint from vinyl siding in much the same way it cleans dishes in your kitchen sink: by emulsifying it so that it washes away with the soap and water.
    • First, clean the surface with a garden hose.
    • Mix 1 gallon of warm water and 1/4 cup of dish soap in a bucket.
  • Grease Cleaner: Oil-based stains are difficult to remove from vinyl siding, but you might be able to do so using household cleaners.
    • First, clean the surface with a garden hose.
    • Mix equal parts of oil-based cleaner, ammonia and warm water in a spray bottle to remove paint from vinyl siding.
  • Isopropyl Alcohol: Isopropyl alcohol can remove paint from most any surface.
    • First, clean the surface with a garden hose.
    • Apply the solution to your vinyl siding, then rinse with cool water and let dry completely before painting or re-installing.
  • Toothpaste: As long as your toothpaste contains triclosan, it can be used to remove paint from vinyl siding.
    • First, clean the surface with a garden hose.
    • Apply toothpaste directly to the paint stain and scrub with an old toothbrush.
  • Warm Water: In most cases, warm water can remove latex paint from vinyl siding.
    • First, clean the surface with a garden hose.
    • Apply warm water directly to your painted surfaces and scrub with a brush.
  • General Cleaners: Most general cleaners have ingredients that won’t harm vinyl siding, but it’s a good idea to check the label just in case.
    • Mix a cleaning solution and apply to your painted surfaces with a sponge.

Closure

There are several ways for removing paint from vinyl siding. The important thing is knowing how to do it safely, by wearing protective gear, and effectively so that your house looks its best!