The type of paint to use on EIFS

EIFS, or Exterior Insulation and Finish System, is a popular exterior cladding system known for its energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal. When it comes to painting EIFS, selecting the correct type of paint is crucial to ensure proper adhesion, durability, and long-lasting results. 

Here are some factors to consider when choosing the appropriate paint for EIFS.


Acrylic-based paints are the most commonly recommended option for EIFS. They offer excellent adhesion to the EIFS surface, flexibility to accommodate the system’s movements, and superior breathability to allow any trapped moisture to escape. 

Acrylic paints also resist weathering, fading, and cracking, ensuring a durable and long-lasting finish.

Elastomeric paints

Elastomeric paints are highly flexible and stretchable, making them ideal for EIFS, which expands and contracts with temperature changes. These paints can bridge small cracks and offer excellent water resistance, protecting the underlying EIFS from moisture infiltration. 

Elastomeric paints also provide a thick film build, enhancing the system’s durability and shielding it from environmental elements.

Vapor permeability

EIFS s designed to allow vapor transmission, and choosing a paint that maintains this characteristic is crucial. 

Opt for paints labeled as “vapor permeable” or “breathable,” as they allow any moisture within the system to escape, preventing potential issues like mold and decay.

Color reflectivity

Consider the color reflectivity of the paint.

Lighter colors reflect more sunlight, reducing heat absorption and minimizing thermal stress on the EIFS system. This can help maintain the stability and longevity of the cladding. Darker colors, on the other hand, absorb more heat and could cause the EIFS to expand more than intended.

Quality and manufacturer recommendations

Select paints from reputable manufacturers known for producing high-quality coatings. 

Check the manufacturer’s recommendations and specifications to ensure the paint is suitable for EIFS applications. Following their guidelines will help guarantee optimal performance and longevity.

Surface preparation and primer

Before applying paint, proper surface preparation is essential. Clean the EIFS surface thoroughly, removing dirt, debris, or loose material. Using a primer designed explicitly for EIFS may be necessary to enhance adhesion and ensure a smooth and uniform paint application.

Remember, consulting with professionals or experts experienced in EIFS installations and painting is always advisable. 

JK Industries can provide specific recommendations based on the EIFS system’s characteristics and local climate conditions, ensuring you choose the most appropriate paint for your project. Contact us today!