Painting Vinyl Replacement Windows

Damage, color fading, general wear and tear, or just a fresh new look are all excellent reasons to want to change the paint on your vinyl replacement windows. With fall just around the corner, now is an excellent time to begin the planning of your fall projects. This is one you could do even as the weather starts to get cooler.

Scratching the Vinyl

Before you begin the task of actually painting the windows, you will want to clean and prepare the area you are going to paint over. Wipe the vinyl frames down with a soft, wet cloth and gentle soap to remove the dirt, mildew, and any debris. Once the frames are clean, it is important to gently sand the vinyl to roughen the surface. Keep in mind you do not want to rub too hard, as it will show through on the surface.  Once you have sanded the vinyl, you want to wipe it down again with the damp cloth to remove anything left from the sanding. Let the vinyl dry.

Primed and Ready

In choosing the paint and primer for your vinyl replacement windows, you will want to use a latex paint, as the latex will expand and contract along with the vinyl. Remember to put down a drop cloth to protect the area around where you will be painting. It is also wise to have a few dry and damp rags handy in case of drips, accidents, or spills. You will want to use painters tape to tape off the outside of the window frame edge.

Pour a small amount of primer into an easily held container, and begin to brush the primer onto the vinyl. You want to cover all areas with a light coating, including the corners and edges. You do not have to cover all of the color of the vinyl, as the thin primer coat will allow the paint to do so. The key factor in priming is to cover all areas.

When the primer is completely dry, after approximately 2 to 4 hours, you can proceed to paint.

To Paint or Not To Paint

When you are ready to paint, choose a clean, dry container to put the paint in, and an unused paintbrush. Beginning with the highest point of the window, brush the paint on the vinyl with long, even strokes, making sure to apply a thin coat. While you want to make sure you tend to all corners and crevices, if the paint does not cover adequately, it is not wise to brush it on thicker. Simply let the first coat dry completely, and then proceed with a second coat.

Once the paint is almost dry, go ahead and remove the painters tape. Generally, you will need to make a few touch ups where the painters tape removes some of the paint. A small artist’s brush is perfect for this.

After the paint has dried completely, review your work for any additional touch ups needed. When the vinyl has dried completely, step back and review your professional handiwork on a job well done!