Elegance — that’s the appeal of contemporary PVC trims.

Entryways, kitchens, baths, and hall rooms are now being lined with PVC trims for homeowners to bring a refined look to the intricate details of their homes.

The possibilities are endless with the right combination of colors, designs, and pieces of trim. To truly bring this alive, a visually appealing installation is paramount.

By understanding the process of how to paint PVC trim boards, you can ensure this is to the right effect. 

There are two types or forms available when it comes to painting PVC trim. You can either paint a new trim or apply paint over a stained or varnished trim. 

Painting PVC trim that is stained or varnished adversely affects the quality and performance of the trim. Therefore, it would be advisable to opt for pre-painted trimming. Most PVC trims come with pre-painted options, so this is not something you should be worried about.

If you wish to learn how to paint PVC trim thoroughly, you must get a good understanding of the two main processes involved in it, spray-painting and brush-painting. Each of the two processes is different from the other and involves a different set of steps.


Things you need for painting PVC trim:

The things that you need to execute the two processes, however, are largely the same.

    • PVC spray paint
    • Latex paint
    • Soapy water
    • Spry bar
    • Masking tape
    • 400-grit sandpaper
    • Work table
    • Vinyl primer
    • Paintbrush


Type 1. Brush-Painting

How To Paint PVC Trimboards Brush Painting

    • Remove the trim and put it on a work table.
    • Wash the trim with the help of soapy water and allow it some time to dry itself. 
    • Use sandpaper to scrub the surface. The scoured surface should be ideal for a primer.
    • Brush the PVC paint primer in a way that a latex coat can be put on it. You also have the option of buying specialty primers from a hardware store or a paint store. It is important to remember that latex paint needs specialty primers so that it could stick to the PVC properly. After using the primer, you must wait for it to get dried up. If you find it difficult to remove the trim, you must mask off the area around it before starting the painting process. 
    • Latex-paint top coat proves to be the most suitable for exterior PVC trim. Apply it on the trim and once it dries up, you can opt for a second coating.


Type 2. Spray-Painting

How To Paint PVC Trimboards Spray Painting
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    • Get the trim removed and place it on a work table.
    • Use soapy water to wash the trim and then, wait for it to dry. If removing the trim is not possible, you can limit yourself to washing it.
    • Get sandpaper and rub the upper surface thoroughly. Make sure the surface is smooth enough for primer to be applied to it.
    • Hold the spray can in your hands and ensure that it is at a distance of 10 inches from the PVC trim. If you don’t wish to remove the trim, you will have to tap off the area around it.
    • Spray the trim from all its different corners and ensure that you do it in a continuous manner without taking breaks.
    • In the final step, apply another additional layer of PVC coating on the trim.


Must watch this video on how to paint PVC trim and care. 



You may be wondering how much to paint a house exterior trim, and you should know that this is a personal preference. If you have undertaken the task of painting PVC trim, it is best to make the experience personalized for you treating the process for what it is: an art and a science.

While art is derived from your own choices and sensibilities, the science lies in the details. For painting PVC trim, warm, dry, and humid weather conditions prove to be the most appropriate. While choosing the colors, you must remember that light or medium colored paints are most suitable for painting PVC trims as they come with a minimum reflective value of 55 units.



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