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Is it safe to paint vinyl windows?

July 29, 2015

Vinyl windows have been a popular option for homeowners for quite some time already. These windows have a number of advantages including energy efficiency and they are available in a wide range of sizes and styles. In many cases, these windows are available in white or tan shades. These colours are usually perfectly suitable for many types of homes but, if you wish to make a change or give the exterior of your home a bit of a facelift, a fresh colour might be just what you need. That said, vinyl is a very specific kind of material and, if you wish to paint it, it’s important to do so with care.

Important Guidelines and Potential Problems

Before you start painting your vinyl windows, you should consult with the manufacturer. Be sure to select the correct kind of paint for the job and one that won’t affect the warranty.

You will need to use a primer paint in order to ensure that the paint bonds properly to the vinyl surface. However, this primer can affect the vinyl in such a way that it can become soft when warmed by the sun. This can cause the vinyl to sag and obviously affect the shape of the window itself.

When you apply primer and paint, these additional layers cause the amount of heat absorbed by the window to increase which means that it might not be as energy efficient as you’d hope.

If the colour of the paint is substantially darker than the existing windows, it can increase heat absorption and therefore sagging as well.

How to Get the Job Done

If you choose to proceed with painting your vinyl windows, there are some important steps that you need to follow.

  • Begin by giving your window frames a thorough clean with a suitable detergent, water, and clean sponges or cloths. Make sure that you don’t leave any soap residue behind and be sure to rinse thoroughly after cleaning.
  • If you find that there are any spots that the detergent cannot remove, you might need to use some acetone to gently wipe the affected area.
  • Once you have cleaned your windows, you will need to let them dry completely. This can take approximately four hours, depending on the weather conditions of course.
  • Sand the windows lightly and clean off the residue.
  • Paint a light coat of primer and allow it to dry properly before you continue.
  • Next, apply a thin coat of paint as recommended by the window manufacturer. Apply the paint on in the same direction as you performed the sanding. Remember that the important part is to keep the layer as thin as possible rather than worrying about covering each and every little groove.
  • Allow your windows to dry completely before you continue.
  • Apply another thin coat of paint. This will cover any spots from the underlying colour that might shine through.

What If Painting Is Not For You?

If, for some reason, you are unable to paint your vinyl windows, there are many other ways to can give your home a new look. You could revamp your front door, paint your home’s gutters, or any other part of the exterior. By adding touches of colour to other parts of the exterior of your home, you can transform its appearance without risking your vinyl windows.

When shopping for new windows for your home, look no further than Alma Windows and Doors. Our wide range of designs makes it easy to find the perfect fit for your home. Not only are we happy to provide you with a free in-house estimate, but we are also here to offer expert advice when you need it most.

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