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Can Foam Insulation Be Painted?

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Can Foam Insulation Be Painted? Blog Feature

By: Malcolm Bean on August 4th, 2021

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Spray foam insulation is great for making your home more comfortable and energy-efficient, but the yellow-beige color is begging for a makeover.

While in many cases drywall will cover the issue. In other spaces, like a pole barn or grow room, the walls may be left exposed and you are wondering if you can paint the spray foam insulation?

The quick answer to this question is yes.

If you were to visit the RetroFoam of Michigan office, you would see painted spray foam on the ceilings. It is a fairly simple process and you can do it yourself. There is however a right way and wrong way to go about it.

Here we will explain exactly how you can paint your spray foam without a huge hassle.

How to Paint Spray Foam Insulation

Painted spray foam

There are a couple of ways you can go about painting foam insulation.

First things first, we recommend spray paint for the foam. 

You can use a roller or brush for the paint, but you won't get the same coverage. Spray paint will evenly coat the foam so you aren't left with any glaring missed spots. 

Another reason why we recommend using spray paint rather than trying to use a brush or a roller is these two methods will take longer. Spray foam has a lot of dips and bumps, so trying to brush over those could potentially take hours.

If you do decide to use a roller or a brush, make sure you are gentle with the insulation material, especially if it is open cell spray foam as it’s softer than closed cell. There is the potential to dent the open cell foam if you push too hard.

Another tip is it's best to wait about 24 hours after the spray foam has been installed before painting it. This will give any dust that was kicked up during the installation process a chance to settle.

Both open and closed cell spray foams can handle being painted. Your next step will be deciding which color you want to paint your newly installed spray foam insulation.

Spray Foam Insulation for Your Project

Now that you know your exposed spray foam insulation can be painted, you might have a few more questions about the material.

Check out the Learning Center on our website where you can find a ton of resources to answer all of your burning questions about spray foam insulation.

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