Fiberglass reinforced panels or FRPs are extremely strong sheets made of thin plastic and then reinforced with fiberglass and polyester resin. You will see these sheets in ceilings and interior walls because they are aesthetic, durable, and stylish. Most homes go for FRP panels because they are also easy to install. Whether you have concrete, wood, or drywall, these panels can go directly on them.
However, there’s not much that you can do to beautify them with paint. Or, is there?
Can You Repaint FRP?
This is a common question that most of our readers are desperately waiting to discuss. The answer is not straightforward, sadly.
FRPs, by definition, are resistant to paint because the paint will not stick to it. So, as it is, you will not be able to paint on the panels.
Of course, today, there are a few manufacturers who are designing custom panels that you can paint on but by default, the majority of them cannot be painted.
If you are hell-bent on painting, though, there are a few preparatory steps that you should take.
Preparing to Paint FRP
Choose the Right Paint
Not all paints will work on FRP even after prep. High-quality acrylic or epoxy paints are the only ones that will do the job for you. If you buy bad-quality paints, they will chip and peel in no time. So, it is imperative that you select the highest quality you can afford/find.
Note: Epoxy paints are good for outdoors and acrylic paints are suitable for indoors.
After you buy the paint, make sure you buy rollers, sprays, brushes, etc. as well.
Wash and Scour
Now, the actual work begins. You have to start off by washing the surface thoroughly and then waiting until it is dry. After this you can scour it with a fine-grit sandpaper.
Scouring is an important step because it makes the surface rough enough for the paint to stick to it.
Prime the Surface
Use an acrylic primer using a wide-bristled brush. Apply it smoothly & evenly, and then wait for it to dry. The drying process will take 2-3 hours.
Once the primer dries completely, you can go ahead and start painting. We suggest applying at least 2 coats for the primer to be completely hidden. After applying the first quote, it is advisable that you wait until it dries. Only then should you apply the second coat.
A third coat is usually not required.
Things to Remember
- The preparation process is very important. Please do not take it lightly.
- We advise that you paint the panels outdoors (in an open space).
- Cover your nose and mouth with a mask and wear protective eye gear to ensure that you are safe from the fibers.
- Wait until the primer or the paint dry completely and don’t be hasty. Many individuals paint too fast and the result is less than satisfying.
While the process may seem tedious, it is mandatory. Otherwise, you will not be able to repaint your FRPs. We hope this article is clear and has given you a clear insight. If you need any more assistance, kindly get in touch with us in the Comments section.