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Old 07-25-2012, 09:24 PM   #1
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Our 135-year-old house has beige vinyl siding, and the trim is yellow. I'd like to change the look by changing the color of the trim. Of course, when they put the siding up, they put up yellow trim pieces. What are some ways to change the trim pieces to white? Do we have to take down every piece of trim and replace it with the different color? Can we paint it with a paint compatible with vinyl siding? If so, what kind of paint would that be?

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i think the most crucual thing is the color you chose. warping/buckling can occur if you dont chose a vinyl safe color. check out SW vinyl safe color pallettes/products

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i think the most crucual thing is the color you chose. warping/buckling can occur if you dont chose a vinyl safe color. check out SW vinyl safe color pallettes/products

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Adhesion is your challenge so be sure the trim you are painting is spotlessly clean. Scruff up the vinyl with either fine grit paper or a vinyl chemical prep. Then I would apply a quality paint store, not box store, high bond waterbased primer claiming it will stick to vinyl or a plastic primer (Rustoleum makes a nice one in liquid form). Finally apply two coats of finish.

Not sure why color would effect adhesion but I guess it makes some sense. Vinyl expands/contracts and shape changes to some extent when warm more dramatically than some other building materials. I suppose heavily pigmented paints would leave more material on the surface that has to flex with it. Also and obviously darker colors would draw heat into the material while lighter ones would reflect it.
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