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We tell you how to paint a uPVC door, if you really want to, but explain why we recommend you shouldn't do it.
A common question that we get asked is - can you paint uPVC doors and windows?
The short answer is - yes, uPVC doors can be painted IF it's done the right way.
Should you paint a uPVC door - no, because uPVC wasn't designed to be painted.
Before you go ahead, ask yourself why do you want to paint your uPVC door - did you inherit the doors and windows when you bought the house? Do you not like someone else's choice of colour? Or, are you tired of the colour you chose 15 years ago and want a design refresh in a contemporary colour?
Do the doors and windows look tired and shabby? Are they miscoloured or faded? Has the white door gone a shade of yellow that looks like cream left out in the sun?
Instead of painting the uPVC it might be a better option to consider investing in a new door. The technology and production of uPVC have advanced and uPVC doors today are much better quality than what was produced 30 years ago at the rise of uPVC popularity.
If the door has faded or discoloured this is a sign of cheap uPVC that hasn't worn well and the reality is that painting over a worn-out door is not the best way to solve the problem. You will just end up with a shabby door that has a coat of paint on it and unless you can get a perfect finish, it could look worse.
If you want to stay in your house, considering a new front door in the style and colour that you want could be a better investment for the long-term.
If you're thinking of selling the house, then also consider that well-maintained windows and doors are a key decision factor for a house buyer. Unless your uPVC door is painted with a seamless and professional finish it could devalue the house and potentially turn off would-be buyers.
With a uPVC door you get high quality, at a reasonable price. uPVC exterior doors are strong, hard wearing and durable, making them extremely secure. See our range of uPVC doors…
Okay, if you've read so far and still want to go ahead, this is how to paint a uPVC door, if you really have your heart set on doing it.
Be aware, uPVC is an unforgiving surface to paint on and it will highlight and reflect all brush marks, ridges and drips in the paint. If you're not confident then think twice about doing this as you could ruin a good door.
Ideally, you would remove the door and use a spray gun to apply the paint for a smooth finish but removing and rehanging the door is not a quick and easy option. Plus, you need to wait for the paint to dry between coats (this can take days) and you would be left with an unsecured house without a lockable door as you do it.
The secret to getting a good finish when painting is all in the preparation.
Can you paint uPVC doors and uPVC windows - technically, yes you can, but you shouldn't paint uPVC as it goes against what it was designed for.
uPVC was designed to be low maintenance and be resistant to the elements and weathering without the need to paint. Therefore, painting uPVC is contradicting what it's designed for and you're setting yourself up for a lifetime of maintenance and repainting.
And, unless you are an expert with a brush, your uPVC door or window might look a lot worse for being painted as it's very difficult to get a smooth paint finish.
Instead of painting uPVC, you would be far better to opt for investing in a new door that suits your style and tastes, in a colour you can live with.
Everest uPVC doors are custom made to your style and colour and finished with a range of accessories. We offer a full lifetime guarantee against discolouration of white uPVC profiles and 10 years for the door and installation.
See what uPVC door you could have…
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