painting vinyl windows ?

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Old 03-19-06, 12:08 PM
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painting vinyl windows ?

i'm thinking of replacing my windows with vinyl windows, the problem is the color i have chosen is beige because of the outside trim is that color but the inside of my trim is white. my question is has anyone ever tried painting the vinyl ? any advise ? thanks
 
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Old 03-19-06, 12:14 PM
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You can paint it, but it will likely void the warranty on the windows. If you paint them, the paint will scratch fairly easily, exposing the color of the vinyl underneath.
 
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Old 03-20-06, 12:17 PM
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rbran1,

XSleeper is correct in expressing concern about the warranty. You should check with the manufacturer if you are concerned about that.

I wanted to pass on my experience, however. I purchased white windows and painted the exterior beige. I think you are doing it the other way around. The biggest concern with painting vinyl (aside from the warranty) is not to paint with dark colors. This can cause significant heat related issues when exposed the sun. Adhesion can also be a concern.

I used Sherwin Williams (at Sherwin Williams' recommendation) binding primer followed by Sherwin Williams "Duration" on the exterior of my vinyl windows. This paint apparently requires a period of time beyond "dry-to-the-touch" in order to develop its best adhesion and scratch resistance. At first, it seemed to be very susceptible to damage, and it had me somewhat concerned. However, after a month or so, that changed. My windows seem to hold up quite well now to normal abuse, and after two years, they look as if they were painted yesterday.

Good luck making your decision,
 
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Old 03-20-06, 04:59 PM
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thanks for the replies, i think i'm going to go ahead and paint inside with vinyl paint. windows will probably out last me , realy can't see how it will damage windows . i think i'll gamble on warranty. i checked the price on these windows two tone and it was $1000.00 extra .
 
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Old 03-21-06, 05:02 PM
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Another possibility is to get fiberglass windows. They are very similar to vinyl windows, but the warranty is not voided if you paint them, even in dark colors. You could order them in beige and paint the interior white with no problems. Some brands even offer two-tone as a standard. That way you get a window that remains low maintenance, the warranty isn't voided, and the window won't have peeling paint or other problems sometimes associated with painting over vinyl. Some popular brands of fiberglass windows include Milgard, Pella Impervia, Marvin Infinity, and Comfort Line.
 
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Old 03-22-06, 10:46 AM
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Why would you go throught the expense of replacing your outdated windows with new vinyl windows. Then go and paint them, to me it would make more sense to spend the extra thousand and order two tone, this would look much more professional, and clean. You want to see the nice new windows not the nice new paint.
 
 

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