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Despite uPVC’s many benefits and its reputation as a thermally efficient, low-maintenance, affordable material, not everyone is enamoured with the standard white appearance of uPVC.

As standard, uPVC doors and windows generally come in white, which matches most homes and exteriors. However, it’s completely understandable that many want to choose their own colours for their doors and windows. After all, your home is an expression of your individuality!

Maybe you’d like a more colourful front door, or perhaps you’d like to add a splash of colour to your windows… or maybe you’re just not a fan of the classic white shade that most uPVC comes in.

Which leads many to question….can you paint uPVC doors and windows?

white upvc bifold doors

Can you paint uPVC doors and windows?

The simple answer to this common question is that yes, you can. The longer answer is that uPVC wasn’t designed to be painted over, so if you are going to paint, it should be done with the right materials and done with care.

uPVC was designed to be durable and long-lasting, and by nature it is resistant to corrosion and weathering. This, however, makes the material smooth and untextured, which is precisely what makes it such a challenge to paint.

What do I need to consider before painting uPVC doors and windows?

Before you decide definitively to paint your uPVC doors and windows a different colour, there are a few things you should consider.

Firstly, the exterior surface of your uPVC is exposed to wind, rain, heat, ice and dirt. This means that any paint you use must be as good at weathering the elements as uPVC is.

As the seasons change, uPVC will also expand and contract slightly with differences in temperature. This means that any paint used must also be able to expand and contract to avoid flaking and peeling. This is why choosing good quality uPVC-specific paint is so crucial.

White casement window looking onto a garden.

Choosing the right paint

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to buy a tin of normal wall paint and slap it on your uPVC. Because of the reasons outlined above, you must choose a paint that is specifically designed to be used on uPVC.

It’s also a good idea to choose a paint that includes primer -this important addition will give your paint a better chance of adhering to the surface of your windows and doors, giving you the best possible finish.

Making preparations

Before you begin your painting project, make sure you spend some time cleaning your doors and windows by brushing away loose dirt with a dry, soft-bristle brush and then cleaning with a cloth and warm, soapy water. This will remove any debris and provide a much better finish.

Make sure that your surface is completely dry, and then begin to very lightly sand the door or window frame. Use very fine sandpaper and a light hand, or you run the risk of scratching the surface.

The painting process

Next, apply your uPVC paint carefully – paying particular attention to any brush strokes. uPVC will show any brush marks so don’t rush the painting stage if you want a perfect finish.

You will most likely need to use several coats of paint to achieve a fully opaque finish, so make sure you let the first coat fully dry before painting the second coat.

Keep in mind that it is very difficult to get a professional, polished paint finish when you choose to paint a uPVC surface. The material wasn’t designed to be painted, so you can run the risk of making your doors and windows look slightly worse for wear if you try to rush the job.

However, if you moved into a home with uPVC doors and windows that aren’t to your liking, there may be a much simpler option that can improve your home’s kerb appeal without you having to lift a finger.

Get colourful uPVC doors and windows without the hassle

While painting your uPVC windows and doors is possible, it isn’t always the best option. Painting your doors and windows can be complicated, time-consuming and frustrating. You may not end up with the exact finish you want, and your paint will require maintenance and touch-ups over the years.

uPVC no longer just comes in white – these days, there are plenty of colour options at your disposal, and you can select the colour you want and get a professional finish all in one.

If you’ve inherited uPVC doors or windows that you’re not keen on, the best way to get the colour you’d like might simply be to replace them.

uPVC Casement Windows

Looking for colourful uPVC doors and windows?

At Stormclad, we can make things easier for you by providing uPVC doors and windows in a range of colours – so you don’t have to do the hard work yourself.

Our uPVC doors and windows are weather resistant, insulating and cost effective. The best part? We offer a range of doors and windows that come in styles and design options to perfectly complement your home and your tastes.

Browse our website to find out more about the different styles we offer, or get in touch by calling 0115 970 8077 to discuss your options. If you’ve already chosen your new uPVC doors or windows, you can fill in an enquiry form online for a free, no-obligation quote!

 

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