After you determine what type of metal building kit you need, it’s time to customize the look and functionality of your building. Here we will focus more on the aesthetics of your building, which primarily involves choosing your metal building colors. More specifically, selecting a trio of options from our color chart below creates your metal building color scheme for the roof, walls, and trim.

Choosing Your Metal Building Color Scheme

These metal building color schemes are made of an industry-proven Silicone-Polyester coating that is a recognized standard of product quality for exterior building systems. All of the painted roof and wall panels are precision roll-formed from pre-painted, galvanized or Galvalume coils which are cleaned, coated with an oven-cured primer, and then painted with the finish coat that is monitored for proper cure temperature and color uniformity.

Each panel is tested for quality control, including physical bend resistance, impact resistance, film thickness, hardness, gloss, and color, so you know that your RHINO Steel building is made to last.

Colour Chart Example

Metal building color options include Burnished Slate, Evergreen, Aztec Blue, Brick Red, Sagebrush Tan, Fox Gray, Light stone, and Polar White. The steel building color chart below is matched as closely as possible, but due to differences in screen settings, metal building colors may vary slightly.

We recommend you make color decisions based on metal chip samples to ensure that you are choosing your ideal steel building color.


Most metal building manufacturers offer panels and trim for commercial, industrial, agricultural, residential, and architectural paneling as well as standing seam paneling in a wide variety of colors to match the surrounding buildings or to display your signature colors.

Look at the warranty period for the panels you select so you know when you may have to refinish them. Steel building manufacturers offer warranty periods from 10 to 40 years, depending on the type of panel and the coating.  For instance, we offer panels coated with products from AkzoNobel such as CERAM-A-STAR®, POLYDURE®, and TRINAR®. We also provide panels coated with commodity polyester finishes.

Crimson Red

If you are going “green” many panel coatings have Energy Star approval and provide LEED points. Most metal panels and trim are recyclable and are, themselves, made of recycled materials.


While the painting is not necessary for metal buildings, you may choose to do so anyway.

  • For extra protection
  • To change appearance
  • For environmental performance


Painting is a common maintenance practice; the existing coating may have become damaged in some way through corrosion, scratches, and taking a beating from sun and weather. Or maybe it’s time for a change if you are repurposing a building or complying with local requirements.

Extra Protection

Factory finishes can last years but still deteriorate as time passes through environmental exposure and usage. Sometimes a chalky appearance develops. Priming and painting existing panels can add years of life to your metal building. It also saves you time and money later because you won’t have replacement costs.

Change Appearance

It’s less expensive to paint a metal building than to tear it down and replace it. Since metal buildings are so robust, a good paint job is an excellent way to keep your building looking new or to refresh the look. Paint helps preserve the original finish by protecting against further corrosion.

Environmental Performance

This is the best reason to repaint a new or existing metal building because of the fast ROI. Only by painting with the white or light color you can deflect heat from the roof and make it easier and cheaper to cool your building. Some paints come with specific solar reflective properties increasing the amount of heat diverted. This is excellent for the appropriately named “cool” roof.

Combination of Colors

Conversely, darker colors can help the building to absorb heat and defray heating costs in cold climates.


Always start with clean painting tools and clean them again immediately after stopping for the day.

Step 1:

  • Clean and Protect
  • Clean the metal panels, so they are free of dirt, oil, and trapped moisture.
  • Use a pressure washer set on low flow and water only.
  • Spray the siding.
  • For aluminum siding add soap to the water and respray the siding. For steel, siding adds trisodium phosphate to water and apply with a spray painting tool.
  • Rinse with clean water and allow it to dry (two or more days).
  • Cover trim, doors, and windows with plastic sheeting and masking or painter’s tape.

Step 2:

  • Prime
  • Seal scratches and other flaws.
  • For aluminum: With a paint sprayer or roller apply primer. Start at the top, move across, and work downwards.
  • For steel: Use a latex bonding primer instead of the primer for aluminum.
  • Allow drying 1-2 days before applying paint.

Step 3:

  • Paint
  • Apply just like a primer.
  • Allow drying thoroughly before applying a second coat.

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