Painting an Andersen Patio Door


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Old 02-15-09, 05:04 PM
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Painting an Andersen Patio Door

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I bought a home and the only thing I really do not like is the fact the previous owners installed a white Andersen Frenchwood Patio Door and all the other doors and windows are a medium brown color called terratone. I love the door other than the exterior color but do not want to replace it since it was installed less than a year ago and nothing is wrong with it except for the appearance of the white exterior versus the brownish windows on the rest of the house. I know the frame of the door is a vinyl product and might be hard to paint but the door is coated with a perma-shield coating. Will it accept primer and paint? If so what brand, type should I use. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I know it will probably need painting every couple of years but that is what I would like to do for now.

Thanks for any help anyone can provide me.
 
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The vinyl can be painted with latex paint. Adding flood's emulsa bond will help with adhesion. A thinner coat isn better than a thick one over flexable surfaces.

The metal on the door can be painted with latex or oil although oil base will wear longer. Wiping the metal down with liquid deglosser will promote adhesion.

You will always find better coatings and advice at your local paint store versus a big box paint dept.
 
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Old 02-16-09, 05:43 AM
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Some paint store also sell paint that is made for vinyl surfaces... has reflectants in the paint that prevent the vinyl from getting quite so hot in the sun.

Keep in mind that painting the door will likely void any future warranty.
 
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Old 02-16-09, 05:59 AM
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Andersen has instructions for painting there products in the service area of their website.

AndersenWindows.com | Caring for Your Casement Windows, Bay Windows, Double-Hung Windows and more
 
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Specifically, the info for painting Frenchwood products is on page 4 of 11 in the Frenchwood PDF...

Or questions regarding painting can be found in their FAQ.
 
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Thanks all. After contacting andersen in reguards to the painting, it just will not work. Therefore I am replacing the slider to match. Thanks again.
 
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While repainting the exterior metal on a sliding door will never be as good as the factory finish, I've painted a small number of them over the years and never got any call backs on any of them.
 
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If the choice comes down to buying a $50 gallon of specialized paint specifically for vinyl (even if it means forfeiting the warranty) versus buying and installing a new $1500 door, I think I'd opt for the paint every time.

There's nothing that says the door WILL warp... but it might warp. Plus you have the areas where friction will occur- rubbing the paint- or weatherstripping that may want to stick. I'd take the chance, because if it does develop problems you can always replace the door later. Just my 2 cents.
 

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All depends on the amount of sun it gets...and since Andersen cannot control or verify that, they void the warranty anytime the light colors are painted darker.

Even if it was installed under a porch roof...and gets no sun now..who's to say the next owner (transferable warranty) won't tear the roof down.

It's completely understandable, but I'd paint it, see how well it lasts and buy new doors in 2-3 yrs if required.
 
 

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