Can You Paint UPVC Windows and PVC Windows?

A most common question we get asked by customers is; can you paint UPVC windows and PVC windows?

The simple answer is yes, you can paint UPVC and PVC windows and doors.

For many house owners, adding a new paint colour for that extra curb appeal is a quick method to renew the exterior of their home. Painting UPVC windows is a difficult task, though.

The difference between UPVC and PVC is that PVC contains phthalates and BPA, two plasticizers that give it more flexibility.

The reasons to use UPVC instead of PVC in products is further explained in our post what is the difference between PVC and UPVC. So from reading this you will be aware that your windows and doors will be made from UPVC and not PVC which will be used to make guttering etc.

Do Not Paint New UPVC Windows

Simply the first piece of advise if you’re wanting to paint your UPVC windows and you are researching how to do it is to not paint your windows if they are brand new.

This is caused by the resins used in UPVC products. The windows are manufactured with an additional plastic layer that gives the appearance of being polished.

Any newly installed UPVC should be allowed to sit for at least 12 months before attempting to paint over it because this is not a surface that can be painted on.

What are the Reasons Why People Choose to Paint UPVC Window Frames?

UPVC is a durable material that is also one of the most widely used and inexpensive window material options in the UK. UPVC windows are a very popular option since they are strong, long-lasting, simple to clean, and beautiful.

Nonetheless, tastes alter over time, and homeowners frequently renovate the inside and exterior of their homes. The majority of homeowners decide to upgrade their UPVC windows at this time by painting them a new colour.

What Colours are Available to Paint UPVC Windows?

The answer to the question “what colour can I paint my UPVC windows?” is any colour you like. The decision you make about the colour of your windows is entirely up to you. Choosing the actual paint is more important.

You need to choose a paint that can attach effectively to plastic. You must pick a substance that can accomplish this chemically because many paints are not designed for use on plastic objects.

Also, to ensure that the colour lasts longer, we advise choosing a paint that can tolerate UV rays and resist solar bleaching.

Professional UPVC window painters will use the very best coatings and paint that will have a 10 year guarantee.

We recommend a good reference for paint colours is using RAL colour chart as here

RAL Colour Chart for Midlands UPVC Spray Painting
RAL Colour Chart

How Do You Paint UPVC Windows?

Many people ask, can you spray paint UPVC windows?

Spray painting is the most effective technique for painting UPVC windows. Spraying guarantees a smooth, professional finish while preventing the streaks and other defects that come with brush painting. However, painting UPVC windows is a difficult task, so if you want a professional result, be careful and take our suggestions.

Steps to Painting UPVC Windows

Here is a quick list below on how to paint UPVC windows below. You may also be interested to read in more detail how to get the best results with UPVC painting.

  1. Applying protective coverings to your window panes and the area around the outside of your home is the first step. This will safeguard your assets and guarantee that you only paint the UPVC window frames and not the rest of your home at the same time.
  2. Make sure you give all window and door frames a thorough cleaning and remove all debris, dust, and filth. This will make sure that nothing might prevent the paint from properly adhering to the surface and change the smooth effect.
  3. Following a thorough cleaning of all windows, your windows should be softly sanded to create a somewhat abrasive surface. By doing this, you can make sure that the paint will stick to the surface better and provide a finish that is smooth and uniform.
  4. Giving the surface of your windows a coat of primer will make it easier for the paint to adhere to the surface and produce a high-quality finish.
  5. Painting can start after the surface has been well cleaned and ready. As a minimum, three layers of paint should be applied to the UPVC, but depending on the colour you choose, it can take more to ensure that your windows are properly covered.
  6. After you’ve completed spray painting, give your windows around 30 minutes to dry. Then, check your windows to make sure that a flawless finish and a layer of colour-coordinated paint have been applied.
  7. Remove any protective coverings from your freshly painted windows once they are totally dry and the job is done.
Midland UPVC Paint Spraying Windows in Anthracite Grey
Painted UPVC Windows

FAQs Asked About Painting UPVC Windows

Can you paint white UPVC windows grey?
Yes, you can paint them any colour you choose.

Can you paint brown UPVC windows white?
With the right paint, and plenty of primer, yes.

Can you paint UPVC window trim?
Can you paint UPVC window sills?
Yes, you can paint an entire window frame.

Can you paint UPVC doors and windows?
Yes, you can also paint uPVC front doors.

Can you paint UPVC windows inside?
Yes, you can paint UPVC window frames inside as well as outside.

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