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05:31AM | 08/07/03
Member Since: 08/06/03
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Several ?'s. The home we bought was stained walnut brown. THe gutters and new metal windows are also dark brown.What paint color would work with dark brown trim. We don't want to paint all the gutters and it's impossible to paint all the window frames. Should we just leave the home dark brown? Also, can vinyl siding be successfully painted? Thanks.


10:22AM | 08/07/03
Member Since: 05/03/03
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Hi,On a dark brown stained home,, a semi dark beige would look great, ( have painted that combo before ) Also white looks fine. You want to lighten it up I assume. Go to the paint store , and they have paint charts that give you a number of paint combinations for trim , wood , etc. Now the other side. Since the wood is stained, you have to prime it all , or the stain will bleed through the paint. A good primer like Zinnzer , or Kilz will do the trick. Then 2 coats of a good latex paint. Also vinyl siding can be painted over succesfully. It HAS to be CLEAN, ( ie: power washing) or if there just like window frames and trim ,,washed down well,, let dry and paint. Siding can be spray painted also , and it comes out great.


05:06PM | 08/07/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
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The color you are prolly looking for is called marvin Window brown and most s herwin williams and H irshfields will have the formula to match it exactly.
Even if your windows aren't marvin and some other brand this is what they call the brown color.
Unless of course your windows are wood on the outside and not metal then I don't have an idea of color they are.


05:09PM | 08/07/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
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ok I see you posted they are metal so im 99% sure that they would be marvin window brown.
I have done 100's of these and the marvin grren or white and most paint stores have the formulas wrote down for us painters because we get alot of these colors.


03:23AM | 08/08/03
Member Since: 08/06/03
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Thanks for your suggestions. We'll check them out. If we decide to restain the wood in the same color, do we need to prime? I'm assuming not. We'd really like to go lighter, though. Biggest consideration is the time it takes...staining seems like it'd be quicker - no priming, etc.


03:48PM | 08/08/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
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First thing don't prime anything on the exterior of your house with KILZ as it dries to hard and brittle and will peel. I have seen this and know it will do it.

When you go to the paint store ask them if their soild stains,I am assuming that is waht you have are self priming (Duron is) or of it needs a primer. Use their recomended system as that is the best way to go.

Yes vinyl siding can be painted and it does need to clean as all exterior surfaces do. Then you will need to prime it with an acrylic primer such as Duron Siding in A Can acrylic primer and finish with an acrylic satin or semi-gloss such as Duron Siding in A Can. Do not paint the vinyl any darker than it is now as it will warp.

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