Is it possible to paint uPVC windows?

uPVC is usually what today’s window frames, doors and conservatories are made from due to its ease of maintenance and strength. uPVC can be made in many different colours and even a wood effect, but if you already have windows and doors installed, and wish to upgrade them without installing new ones, you might be wondering if you can paint them.

Can I paint my windows?

You can paint uPVC, although there are some steps you need to take, as if you paint your windows and doors incorrectly, it can peel and discolour, then be difficult to remove. Paint will not stick to uPVC well, so a good primer that is suitable for uPVC should be used. According to The Guardian
, windows must be spotlessly clean before a primer is applied as any dirt, or dust can affect the primer and the paint. When applying the paint, always use one specific to uPVC, as it will be designed to cover plastic. A brush can leave stroke marks, so try a mini-roller which can minimise ridges. Also be
sure to leave the paint to dry for the amount of time specified on the tin between coats, as this can prevent peeling.

What are the risks of painting UPVC windows?
Whatever the windows you have, be they casement windows such as
, sash windows or bay windows, you can give them a new lease of life by painting them. However, there are some risks involved.

If done incorrectly, painted uPVC will look worse than it did before. Paint can look patchy, as it doesn’t stick well to plastic, so if you haven’t used the correct primer, it could flake or peel. A build-up of layers of paint could also prevent the doors or windows from opening properly as they will be thicker than they were.

Finally, uPVC is versatile and is so popular because it is incredibly easy to clean. It can be washed, wiped and even hosed and remain looking as good as new. You will be unable to treat painted uPVC in the same way and again, will risk the paint flaking or coming off completely.

If you still want an upgrade, and buying new windows isn’t an option, you can paint them. Just be sure to prime properly and follow the paint instructions.