How to Color or Paint Flexible PVC

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If you need to paint a flexible polyvinyl chloride surface, consider some important points before getting started. PVC is a nonporous synthetic material, ill-suited for paint. Encourage adhesion by abrading the PVC, prior to application. Once the polyvinyl chloride is conditioned, it will accept a painted finish. Choose a particular enduring paint, engineered with elastic qualities that will allow it to move along with the underlying flexible PVC.

Things You'll Need

  • 180-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Blue painter's tape
  • Heavy-duty fabric drop cloth
  • Acrylic latex primer
  • 2- to 3-inch polyester paintbrush
  • Acrylic enamel
  • Stimulate adhesion by abrading the flexible polyvinyl chloride. Sand the flexible PVC with 180-grit sandpaper until it feels gritty.

  • Wipe the polyvinyl chloride with a tack cloth to remove residue from sanding.

  • Use painter's tape to cover portions of the flexible polyvinyl chloride that are to remain unpainted. Spread a heavy-duty fabric drop cloth over the ground.

  • Coat the sanded flexible polyvinyl chloride with an acrylic latex primer, using a two-to-three inch polyester brush. Apply gentle pressure to prevent sagging. Allow the flexible PVC to dry for two hours.

  • Wash the paintbrush with clean tap water.

  • Coat the primed flexible polyvinyl chloride with an acrylic enamel with a polyester brush. Apply gentle pressure to prevent sagging. Allow the flexible PVC to dry for two hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never prime unsanded flexible polyvinyl chloride, or the primer with not adhere.
  • Never paint unprimed flexible PVC, or the paint will peel.

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