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Can you paint uPVC windows and doors?

Riverdale uPVC Casement Window

Can you paint uPVC windows and doors?

The short answer is yes, but it would be strongly advised against if the plastic is new – less than 12 months old. Due to the manufacturing process, it is very difficult for paints to bond correctly to uPVC. This is why here at Riverdale we offer a vast selection of coloured uPVC ranging across standard and premium colours to suit your individual needs.
Before painting, it may be worth considering if investing in a new door would be more suited to your needs. Technology has advanced in recent years which brings better quality and security to your home. This is why at Riverdale we are proud members of DGCOS (The Double Glazing & Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme) which protects consumers by vetting areas to ensure consumers are satisfied throughout the buying, installation, after-sales and guarantee experience.
Another thing to consider would be the quality of the windows or doors you’re planning to paint – the uPVC used could be poor quality which may have caused the problems to begin with. Painting over such a surface will result in a subpar product with paint over it and you could struggle to get the perfect finish, leaving you with a worse-looking product.

Coloured uPVC Doors & Windows

How to paint a uPVC door?

If you’re still set on painting your windows or doors then here is how to paint a uPVC door. Please be aware that uPVC is an unforgivable surface to paint. If you are not competent and confident enough to tackle the task then you may wish to reconsider as you could ruin the door. You would want to remove the door and ideally use a spray gun to ensure you get a smooth finish, brush and roller paints are available. Allowing the paint to fully dry between coats would be strongly advised – please bear in mind this can take days to do, leaving your home unsecured.

Once the door is removed you would want to lightly key the door with sandpaper – not too rough or too hard as you don’t want to scratch the door. You just want to create a surface for the primer to bind to. Once this is done then dry and remove all dust from the door. Next, you would want to use a uPVC primer to create a surface the paint can bond to – more than one coat could be required. You would want to allow a few days for the primer to fully cure before you apply the top coat of paint. Once the primer has cured then for the best finish, using a spray gun to apply the paint is going to achieve the best results but if you’re going to paint using a brush then take your time, use a good quality brush and try to do it on a milder day so the paint doesn’t dry too quickly. You would want to alloy the topcoat paint to cure as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Some benefits for painting uPVC:

  • Huge range of colours, from RAL, British Standard, and NCS
  • Excellent colour retention
  • Designed for long term decoration
  • Cracking, blistering and flaking resistant
  • Fungal protection
  • Application by brush, roller, and airless spray

Can I Paint Plastic Garden Furniture?

Due to being outside and weathering all storms and sunshine, plastic garden furniture fade over time. A new lease of life can be given to your garden or patio by painting the furniture to match your Riverdale windows or doors marrying up both home and garden. Due to a huge range of RAL colours being available via paint then matching or complimenting your windows, doors or conservatory would be a breeze.

If you have any questions regarding uPVC windows, doors, or conservatories then please get in touch and we would be happy to help.

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