If you have vinyl windows home that need some sprucing up, can you paint them? There is actually a lot of disagreement on this topic, especially when it comes to cost and investment. Many experts say that it might be better to invest in replacement windows for your Tucson, AZ home rather than paint old vinyl windows. Keep reading for more information.
It is possible to paint vinyl windows, but that doesn’t mean that you should. The main problem with painting vinyl windows is that paint does not stick to vinyl very well. You could do a great job painting, but then a few days later your windows can end up looking worse because the pain is flaking off.
You also need to think about color choice if you are considering painting vinyl windows. Darker colored paint can attract and absorb more solar heat, which can add heat stress to your window frames and make them less energy efficient, or even make them warp. You also need to be careful painting vinyl replacement windows as this can affect your warranty. Under most warranty plans, altering the window in any way makes the warranty null and void.
If you void your warranty, the window manufacturer won’t fix your windows if they break or malfunction. There are some window manufacturers that let you paint vinyl windows, but they usually only accept certain colors.
Some homeowners need to paint their vinyl windows, even if they understand the risks. Sometimes homeowners can’t afford new replacement windows, so they paint their old ones to tide them over while they save for new ones. If you understand the risks of painting your vinyl replacement windows and want to paint them anyway, just follow these steps:
- Gather Supplies – You will need: 220-grit sandpaper, alkyd- based primer specifically made to work on vinyl, vinyl safe latex exterior paint, drop cloth, foam paintbrushes, painter’s tape, warm water and sponges
- Clean the Window – You have to clean the windows before you can paint them. Use gentle soap and water, then wait for the windows to dry.
- Sand the Window – Roughing up the frame with sandpaper will help the primer stick to the vinyl better.
- Cover Up and Tape the Glass – Cover and tape the window glass with newspaper or a drop cloth to protect it from drips.
- Don’t Forget Primer – Be sure to use a primer that is made to work on vinyl. Primers that are not made for vinyl can soften the material and damage the integrity of the window. Using a primer is vital, as it will help the paint stick to the windows.
- Apply Paint in Thin Coats – Once the primer is thoroughly dry, apply thin coats of paint with a foam brush and allow each coat to thoroughly dry in between. Look for paints made for use on vinyl.
If you have more questions about vinyl windows or about your options for Tucson, AZ replacement windows, Olander’s Window Replacement is here to help. Please visit us at 4141 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712, or give us a call at (520) 326-2909.