Can I paint over spray foam insulation? This is probably one of the questions you have in mind if you’re looking for a way to make your newly insulated home aesthetically pleasing. It’s great that you’re doing some research first because the short answer to the question above would be yes, but it depends.
Previously, we wrote about covering insulation in the attic. Painting over spray foam insulation follows similar conditions. You first have to make sure that the paint you use won’t affect the efficiency and integrity of your spray foam insulation.
You would also have to check with your local government’s building code to ensure that painting spray foam insulation is allowed. Many times, building codes specifically indicate a required cover or fire barrier over insulation that is exposed to living spaces. Therefore, if you will be covering the insulation material, painting it wouldn’t serve its purpose anymore.
Painting Spray Foam Insulation Tips
We highly recommend working with an insulation professional if you are going to be painting over spray foam. Spray foam application is not exactly cheap and mishandling it could lead to inefficiency or even irreparable damage. So, make sure you’re consulting with a licensed insulation contractor to get expert advice.
If you have already decided to start painting, make sure you wait at least 24 hours or longer after the spray foam has been applied. The insulation material must be fully dried first.
Do not use paint brushes or paint rollers. It is best to use spray paint as it is gentler compared to other paint application methods. You may also need to sand the foam material before beginning to paint so that the surface is even.
Contact Us for Spray Foam Insulation in Orlando, FL
Hopefully, the above tips gave you an idea of what you should do when you decide to paint over spray foam insulation at home. For your insulation needs, contact All Florida Insulation for assistance. We install all kinds of insulation materials in Orlando, Maitland, Longwood, Winter Park, and the surrounding areas. Just call us at (407) 410-FOAM (3626) to get a free estimate.
Chris has been an insulation professional for more than two decades, and has experience with all types of residential and commercial insulation products. His passion is green energy and effective insulation applications.