Removing Paint Stains From Vinyl Siding

July 11, 2007

Photo of a house with vinyl siding.Spray paint off vinyl siding, teens thought this was fun in my neighborhood. All of us got one! I found that nail polish remover and a nail brush, plus elbow grease got black paint off light tan siding without bleaching out the vinyl siding. I got a half gallon jug at a beauty supply store, and had some left over just in case!


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March 22, 2006

I need to know what is the easiest and cheapest way to remove paint from vinyl siding. My husband and I stained the deck 3 years ago and since then have not been able to remove the paint. It is a deep cherry color and our siding is beige! We want to sell the house but need to get the paint off first. We tried all the home depot products, including regular paint thinner and Goo Gone but they did not work. Please help.

Kris from Randolph, NJ


By Kathy (Guest Post)
March 22, 20060 found this helpful

We sold our house with the stain splashes on the siding and it was fine. If you are desperate, you may try touch up paint on the siding. I don't think anything will take off the stain!

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By Tonya (Guest Post)
March 23, 20060 found this helpful

What about trying a Mr. Clean eraser? It took black tire glue off my bathroom sink. They are cheap too.

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By Annette (Guest Post)
March 24, 20060 found this helpful

Try the Magic Eraser from Mr. Clean. My mom had green paint on her white ceiling and it took it all off.

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By (Guest Post)
April 10, 20060 found this helpful

You can get PVC pipe cleaner from Lowes - (the clear one - not purple died cleaner) I removed paint with that from mine.

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 10, 20060 found this helpful

Try PVC pipe cleaner the kind you buy from lowes Plumbing department (needs to be clear) that should do the trick. I had the same problem and it worked swell. I discovered that when I was plumbing my pool's filter - I dripped some on the vinyl siding and it cleaned a previous paint mark off completely - so I did the rest of the affected area.



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By Cy (Guest Post)
June 5, 20060 found this helpful

I tried the PVC Pipe cleaner, it worked, but also removed some of the 'finish' from the siding. So it looks a little different from diff angles. Be sure to try a small spot to test first.

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June 21, 20060 found this helpful


I was wondering if you found anything that worked? My kids spilled my stain down the back side of our house from the deck and got some off but not the deep stuff.



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By Maurica. (Guest Post)
October 3, 20060 found this helpful

greased lightning will remove stain.

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By MARY (Guest Post)
October 5, 20060 found this helpful


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By Karen, MI (Guest Post)
June 8, 20070 found this helpful

Kris from Randolph, NJ...
Did you ever remove the stain from your siding with anything? We have the same problem so I was wondering. Thanks!

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By Gary Park (Guest Post)
June 20, 20070 found this helpful

Magic Eraser didn't work for me

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By Davin (Guest Post)
July 30, 20071 found this helpful

I was reading up on how to remove the deck stain I got on my vinyl siding and I went to the home depot and got a spray can of this stuff called "The Stripper" it is by Behr, and I tried it and it worked. I sprayed a spot and let it set for about 5 to 10 seconds and then it wiped right off with no scrubbing!


I also forgot to mention I left the stain on the vinyl siding for about three months before doing anything about it, so it was pretty set in. Hope this helps you out!

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By DanDel (Guest Post)
September 11, 20070 found this helpful

I understand your problem and I have used everything. Parks Liquid Strip works the best. Keep the surface wet if the stripper and isolate the area if you have to. I have removed paint, driveway sealer and anything else that had been on the siding for years, including bird bombs.

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By Mo (Guest Post)
June 14, 20080 found this helpful

THE PVC PIPE CLEANER (CLEAR) as mentioned above works the best. I just used it on my vinyl siding because some kid spray painted a black 'X' on my siding.


It removed it right away without damaging the siding. Initially I had used 'goof off' but it did not work as well.

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July 2, 20080 found this helpful

I am from Canada and would like some more information on this PVC Pipe Cleaner. First of all what is it primarily used for Cleaning PVC pipe, PVC Valve in car, what?

Any info would be appreciated as it sounds like good stuff, but I have been to Wal Mart and they never heard of it and we don't have Lowe's.

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July 2, 20080 found this helpful


Just tried PVC Pipe Cleaner. Didn't work. Paint still there. Going to building supply depot to see what they have. This paint has been there for at least 5 years.

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By Karen (Guest Post)
July 4, 20080 found this helpful

I just removed deck stain splatter from new vinyl siding. I tried EVERYTHING I trick I had ever heard about and nothing worked.

I squirted GooGone directly on the siding, waited 5 minutes and then scrubbed it with a SOS pad and it came off with a fair amount of elbow grease.


At first I thought I ruined the siding because I saw pale blue - don't worry it is from the SOS pad.

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By Brian (Guest Post)
July 6, 20080 found this helpful

What worked best I found was orange gojoo hand cleaner. I was surprised how easy it came off. I think the pumice in the gojoo was the trick. Deck stain

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By ali (Guest Post)
July 10, 20081 found this helpful

We have tried nail polish remover on white vinyl siding. It was easy to remove, hardly any scrubbing but I wouldn't advise it on color siding.

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By Pastor Ray (Guest Post)
July 24, 20081 found this helpful

I have done some research and found this product. Go to this link.

Let me know how it works for you.

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By Jodie (Guest Post)
August 1, 20081 found this helpful

I just finished staining my sisters fence and removed the stain that splattered on her beige vinyl siding with gasoline. It came off in a breeze and did not harm the siding or color. Hope this helps!

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By rm4 (Guest Post)
November 6, 20082 found this helpful

I removed spray paint from my white vinyl siding with Lift Off Graffiti Remover. I pre-sprayed the area. Left the solution on for a few minutes. Then scrubbed the paint with a rough sponge and wiped it off with a dry cloth.


The Lift Off Graffiti Remover did a great job. I got it from Home Depot. I am really happy with the outcome.

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May 28, 2008

How do I remove paint stripper spots from vinyl siding?



By CA (Guest Post)
July 6, 20080 found this helpful

I also have stripper spots on my beige vinyl siding. I stripped the paint from our porch and at least 4 rows of siding was damaged from the stripper, even though I consistently hosed it down with a power washer during the stripping process. I tried everything to remove it and nothing worked. Then I tried an S.O.S. pad, Viola, the spots disappeared like magic. Since vinyl siding has color the whole way through, the stripper only damaged the very top layer of the color. I just wet the S.O.S. pad and rubbed (it takes some rubbing) with the grain of the siding until the spots disappeared. Rinsed it well and it looks great. Hope this has helped!

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