Can you paint uPVC windows and doors?

28 November 2018
Updated 4 December 2018

Whether your window and door frames are starting to look less than their best, or you simply want a new look for your home, it can be tempting to try and paint the frames. We take a look at whether you can paint your uPVC windows or doors and end up with a finish that will last.

Well in truth, yes, it can be done. However, done incorrectly, you can end up with frames that look worse than before. This is why most homeowners now prefer to take advantage of the range of styles and finishes on offer. However, if you do decide to paint your frames, there are some things you need to consider.

When painting

When painting onto a uPVC window or door frame, you will first need to use a uPVC paint primer. When buying a primer, make sure it is specifically designed for use on uPVC surfaces. Other primers intended for different surfaces will, unfortunately, not have the same effect.

The primer will help the paint to adhere to the surface and prevent the paint from running and streaking.

Common issues

uPVC does not allow paint to soak into the frame. So even with a primer, you will need to be very accurate in order to achieve a good finish. Over time, painted uPVC will also begin to crack rather than fade. This is because the uPVC frame will not flex or warp in the same way as the paint due to weather and age.

This may leave your windows and doors looking worse for wear. At which point you will need to carefully strip away the previous paint and reapply if you wish.

Alternative solutions

If you really want to spruce up the appearance of your home, our extensive range of styles and colours mean you can get the look you’re after without the need for paint. Even the addition of a new style of front door can make all the difference.

To create your bespoke quote for replacement windows or doors try our handy QuoteBuilder tool, or get in touch with our team.