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Painting PVC Trim - Yes Or No?


Should I paint the PVC trim on my house?  It's a common question today.  In the past exterior PVC trim was made of wood (typically pine) that was subject to rot, insects, and maintenance painting every few years.  Contractors have been specifying to homeowners and property owners PVC trim more and more with BOTO as the leading choice.  BOTO trim is a very good product that is impervious to moisture and insects but it is more expensive.  

To keep the additional cost of the trim material in the project budget, some contractors are "selling" homeowners on the idea you don't have to paint BOTO Trim.  Homeowners appreciate saving the expense on paint, but are often suprised a couple of years later when there home looks like it needs to be painted.

BOTO does not "require" painting but it is highly recommended for the following reasons:

  1. BOTO Trim doesn't have a finish and that leaves the material subject to dirt, smudges, hand prints, mold, and mildew.

  2. Many contractors install trim only and don't fill the nail holes or clean the trim when finished.  You must use filler, caulk, and glue specified.

  3. Properly prepared and painted trim with even brush stokes gives the appearance of finely painted wood.

  4. A properly painted finish will last for years protecting the substrate from mold, mildew, and the uv rays from the sun.