Painting uPVC windows?

Discussion in 'Painters' Talk' started by NT555, Sep 3, 2017.

  1. NT555

    NT555 Member

    Hi All,

    Firstly I'm a chippy not a painter.

    A customer and I were talking about the 'fashion' for, what appear to be, grey uPVC windows.

    Question: Is it possible to paint white uPVC windows and if so what would be the preparation, method and paint? Also, what kind of longevity could you expect? (East facing, southern UK)

    Many thanks.
  2. KIAB

    KIAB Super Member

  3. Wayners

    Wayners Screwfix Select

    Spray with 2 pack acrylic.
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  4. KIAB

    KIAB Super Member

    Did consider that, but thought cost to have it done, might be too expensive.
    But, a word of warning, a few a go aneighbour had window frames sprayed with a 2k paint pack process, turned out firm only used something like dulux gloss, not the proper product.

    Kolorbond is another product for upvc, no experience of it though.
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2017
  5. teabreak

    teabreak Screwfix Select

    Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me what about the returns showing when the window is opened and re-glazing will totally screw the finish.
    A bit like the craze in the 70's for having cars sprayed with flock/suede finish, looked good for about a week!:D
  6. Dr Bodgit

    Dr Bodgit Super Member

    If done properly it might be OK, should take out the glazing and paint the recesses otherwise it'll look shoddy.
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  7. KIAB

    KIAB Super Member

  8. JackNoles

    JackNoles New Member

    I think that they can be painted, purely theoretically, but still do not do this:)! I think the paint quickly peels off them and it will not look very nice. This is purely my opinion.
  9. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

    Saw one house recently with Blue upvc windows and grey walls - dreadful. You just know in a few years they will be back to white.

    If the UPVC was stained and looking tired I could understand it. However, anybody wants to paint perfectly good white UPVC windows is asking for trouble.

    If you take the glass out and all the fittings then getting it back in without scratching the paint is going to be miracle as anybody whom have fitted modern beading into UPVC it takes a certain knack or a lot of whacking with a piece of wood and a block. It is hard enough with plain UPVC let alone with a layer of paint as well. Plus the chances of damaging the beading is quite and also the likelihood of replacing the seals.

    The caulking around the window is going to be fun, as most of it isn't paintable so it will have to be replaced either with a paintable one or one which is colour matched to the paint.

    Then there is all the hand or spray painting inside and out with the high risk of debris landing on the surface. Then there is the fun of trying to the upstairs ones on a ladder or tower.

    And would you do all the windows one by one or do them all at the same time ? It is probably going to be 2 or 3 days effort per window £600+ add on the material cost and towers / scaffold. Really not worth doing to get results which could be unpredictable
  10. teabreak

    teabreak Screwfix Select

    Grey is the new trendy colour, a neighbour has done his house in it, looks like an RAF Barracks now!
  11. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

    Seen some 1960's red brick houses where they have done the same, as you say they look like MOD buildings
  12. paj

    paj Member

    Neighbour has just had his sprayed grey by a local coatings company. Apparently it's all the rage. They washed then keyed the upvc with abrasive pads and then sprayed. It took about a day and a half for a large bungalow. A good few hours of which were spent masking the glass and surrounding brickwork. It looks good even close up but I would worry it would chip and show white through. They have warned him about not using any thing abrasive or any upvc cleaner on it.
  13. painter101

    painter101 New Member

    Anthracite Grey appears to be the most popular choice when changing uPVC's. Painting your uPVC's yourself will leave an uneven finish. I experienced this first hand, I am a painter, but was not able to achieve a perfect finish. I contacted several painting specialists, in the end transformed my house in a few days! It was great value for money and I am delighted with my new looking house. I would say it is worth getting a quote, you will be surprised like me
  14. carl24bpool

    carl24bpool Active Member

    Great until you need to remove beads and hammer them back in which takes the paint off.

    Also not great on doors as keys and shopping bags etc eventually wear the paint away.
  15. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    That's what happens when you use SPAM ;)
  16. painter101

    painter101 New Member

    That's why having it done professionally is the best way! The paint has a 5 year guarantee. You won't have scratches from shopping bags and keys lol
  17. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    Think I would of painted it myself with Bedec MSP.
  18. painter101

    painter101 New Member

    Just depends how durable you want your finish

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