At Homestead Outdoor Products, we use WOLF trim-board, a cellular PVC trim that’s one of the best on the market. Although it doesn’t require painting for protection, by painting the trim with 100% acrylic latex paint or acrylic latex paint with urethane additive you can suit your customers’ tastes and sense of style. Paint life on trim-board is longer than on wood because it doesn’t hold moisture like wood does.
To do right by your WOLF trim-board when you paint it, keep these tips in mind:MAKE SURE THE SURFACE IS SQUEAKY CLEAN.
Clean the tailboard with a mild detergent and water or denatured alcohol before you start painting. The surface should be clean, dry, and free of:
- Loose or peeling paint
- Any other surface contaminant
MIND THE MANUFACTURER’S RECOMMENDATIONS.
Don’t leave the best results to chance. Follow the paint manufacturer’s preparation
and application directions. They really do know best!
GET TOUGH ON MOLD AND MILDEW.
Before you paint, use a mixture of three parts water and two parts bleach to remove any signs of mold or mildew on your trim-board.
If you’ve painted your trim-board a dark color, you must remove that dark hue before applying a lighter-colored paint (which should have an LRV of at least 55 units).
PREPARE TO USE A PRIMER.
Paint manufacturers will typically require a primer to be used if the homeowner wants the paint warranty.
Realize that paint, depending on outdoor temperatures, humidity, and other factors, may take up to 30 days to fully cure.
Easy, right? Follow these guidelines and you—and your customers—will enjoy the results.