How To Paint Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows can last much longer than wooden windows, since they aren't prone to rot or damage. This can be both a good and a bad thing. Naturally it's good to have almost maintenance-free, durable windows, but it can also be an issue if you change your house colors – whether interior or exterior – and your windows no longer match. Fortunately, it is possible to paint vinyl windows. The following guide can help you pull off the update.

Before You Begin

It's a good idea to check with the manufacturer to see if your windows are still under warranty. This is because painting the windows can void the warranty, or your manufacturer may only continue to honor the warranty if certain paint brands or products are used.

The Main Supplies

The right type of primer is key to success. Choose a primer, either exterior or interior, that is made for use on vinyl or PVC. The right primer, combined with a paint that is also made for vinyl or PVC, are the keys to success. You will also need paint brushes. A narrow one for tight corners and then a 1- or 2-inch brush is probably sufficient. Painter's tape will round out the main supplies. Use this to tape off the glass and walls surrounding the window frames. You may also want to keep a razor blade on hand so you can scrape off any paint that accidentally ends up on the glass.

A Note on Paint Color Choice

Extreme heat can cause vinyl to warp. Generally, it is best to opt for lighter colored paints. This is because dark paints absorb heat, which makes warping more likely, while lighter colors reflect light and heat. Opt for a light colored primer, too, because this will improve paint coverage.

Clean The Frames

Begin by scrubbing down the window frames with warm, soapy water. Pay special attention to corners and detail work to ensure there is no dust hiding. Once cleaned, rinse with clear water and then dry completely. Finish by taping off the glass and walls.

Painting Method

Your first coat is the primer coat. Paint a single coat over the entire frame and allow it to dry completely. Next, follow up with your main paint color. Let this dry and apply a second coat. Two coats will probably be sufficient, but you can add a third if you prefer. Once dry, remove the painters tape and clean up any paint mistakes.

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