Vinyl Shutter Paint Color

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Old 05-13-19, 11:36 AM
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Vinyl Shutter Paint Color

Painting exterior vinyl shutters, primed with 123 Zinnser first by brush.
Shutters are burgundy and I'd like to paint with a bright red.

I read somewhere that you shouldn't go too much deeper in color than the original or it could cause a heat build up. Not sure if that's true thou.

Would it be better to use a duller color, say grey? Either would look good.

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Vinyl siding is color sensitive but shutters are made out of heavier material and as far as I know there are no color restrictions when painting them. Red is a hard color to get coverage with, normally it's best to use a grey primer underneath the red as the red will cover grey better than it will white.
 
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Thank you. I plan to brush on two coats of red so I'll test that out before I go too far with it all.
 
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Painting vinyl requires a special "hot" primer to bite into the vinly/plastic!

https://www.rustoleum.com/product-ca...d-vinyl-bonder
 
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So do I have to take the 123 Bullseye off and start over?
 
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I plan to brush on two coats of red
Don't be surprised if two doesn't cover the way you would like - red is about the worst covering color you can use.
 
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I can change the top coat color, just trying to get the primer right and I have one coated already.
 
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123 is a good primer to use for slick surfaces... but the key is to let it dry longer than what the can says before top coating. 48 hours is better on a product that doesn't absorb water. (It has to fully dry/cure into the air.) Dry to the touch is not the same thing as cured. A fingernail scratch test will prove that. Generally after 48 hrs you can no longer just scratch it off easily.
 
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Thanks, so if I let it dry well a few days or even longer, think I will be okay to keep using it?
 
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I would try the scratch test. And if it does not scratch off easily after 48 hrs, then yes, its fine to keep using it... assuming "keep using it" means you have more shutters to prime, yes. No reason to prime it twice unless your coverage was horrible on the first coat.
 
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I did one three days ago so will check it tomorrow. I have 16 to do total. If red does not cover well I don't know what color would be better.
Thanks for the reply.
 
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I'm not trying to discourage you from using red, I'm trying to keep you from getting discouraged if this takes more coats because you'll at least know why.
 
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I didn't use a primer on the majority of vinyl shutters I've painted and have never had any failures that I know of.
 
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Thanks, Marksr. Nice day here so I will be doing some checking later.

Sounding more encouraging at least. Will try the red on a small section to see how that goes.
 
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