Painted UPVC Window Frame
This is my post and video on my painted UPVC Window Frame. If you can’t view the video, please click here.
Paint or replace?
When this room was painted, I was just so excited.
It was dramatic and cosy at the same time and just worked so well. But there was one problem – the white UPVC window frame and sill!
The thing is for most people, this would just be the compromise they’d have to live with if they haven’t the budget to replace it.
Obviously there are also environmental repurcussions to doing so.
I’m always looking for ways to have my cake and eat it within my means, so I spoke to the Brewers team and here’s the plan.
Painted UPVC plan
I often sound like a broken record, but fail to prepare and you prepare to fail is my favourite motto.
So really thorough cleaning comes first, but you need to know which primer you will use so you can opt for the appropriate cleaner.
I went for Brewers’ Zinsser Universal Cleaner & Degreaser in a trigger spray bottle ready for use, which I used with a green Scotchbrite scourer to create a key at the same time, which helps the paint to adhere.
This then needs to be washed with clean water and left to completely dry.
It takes quite a bit of elbow grease, but is necessary for a decent finish.
Next you apply the base coat.
I had the choice of Bedec MSP, Zinsser Allcoat Exterior Water-based, Bradite One Can or BullsEye 1-2-3, all stocked at Brewers.
I went for the latter, which is a primer, as I was using Albany eggshell as a topcoat.
With this product you should wait at least an hour before recoating (and obviously keep the window open!).
It’s always a little demoralising at this stage.
You’ve put all the hard work in, but it doesn’t really look any different!
The good news is that the final stage will be fairly quick and painless.
It was also a bonus that I didn’t need to choose a colour as I was going for Albany eggshell in the same colour as the walls!
I say relatively quick, but you obviously don’t want to rush this bit either!
If you want a decent finish remember to cut in, and use a roller and abide by recoating times.
Obviously you want to keep the window open for as long as possible – so you need to choose a time when you know your home will be secure and it’s not due to rain.
Also, bear in mind that you won’t have full product hardness for 7 days, so leave well alone for at least a week
I love love love this! I mean it actually looks like a whole new frame and finally I can say this room is complete!
There’s also a great piece on painting plastic on the Brewers website you might want to check out.
Please do lt me know what you think, or if you’ve been inspired to do the same. Also you may like the following posts: