Contractor Handbook - Painting

VERSATEX does not require painting for protection. Use paints that are 100% acrylic latex or acrylic latex with urethane additive. **CAUTION: PAINTING ANY CELLULAR PVC TRIM, INCLUDING VERSATEX, DARK COLORS CAN RESULT IN POOR PERFORMANCE AND WILL VOID THE WARRANTY. USE PAINTS WITH A LIGHT REFLECTIVE VALUE (LRV) OF 55 UNITS OR GREATER.

Options for Dark Colors

Consult AquaSurTech OEM or Blue River Coatings on “heat reflective” paints in applications where the paint color has an LRV value less than 55 units. When using paints, the liability of performance rests with the paint manufacturer. “Heat reflective” paints with an LRV between 45 and 55 have proven successful in the field.

  • LRV of “0” = Black
  • LRV of “100” = White

Examples of Unacceptable Paint Colors:

Less than 55 Units

LRV 15 LRV 28
LRV 38 LRV 41

Examples of Acceptable Paint Colors:

More than 55 Units

LRV 60 LRV 65
LRV 73 LRV 75

Tips on Painting

  • To obtain adequate paint adhesion, be sure the surface of the VERSATEX Trimboard is clean, dry and free of dirt, loose or peeling paint, mildew, chalk, grease and any other surface contaminants before applying paint. Use a mild detergent (Spic ‘n Span®) and water or denatured alcohol for cleaning.
  • Paint can take up to 30 days to fully cure depending on outside temperatures and humidity conditions.
  • Follow the paint manufacturer’s surface preparation and application recommendations.
  • If you paint VERSATEX a dark color you must first remove it before applying a lighter color paint with an LRV of 55 units or greater.
  • Before painting remove any mold or mildew using a mixture of three parts water, two parts bleach.
  • Paint life is longer when applied to VERSATEX versus wood due to the absence of moisture in the VERSATEX trim.
  • In most cases, the paint manufacturer will require a primer if the homeowner wants the paint warranty.