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Can You Paint Vinyl Windows?

While it is always best to order your desired color when vinyl windows are installed, their long life span of up to 40 years means that the home itself may change colors once or twice during the life of the windows. If you’d like to paint your vinyl windows, it can be done, but it is not always recommended.

The Pros and Cons of Painting Vinyl Windows

With the proper prep work, painting your vinyl windows is relatively straightforward. It can be a great way to freshen up the look of your home, to match your exterior paint scheme, or to add a satisfying contrast to an otherwise solid color palette. If your vinyl windows are older, painting them can also be a quick way to cover up imperfections and make them look new again.

Unfortunately, painting vinyl windows is not always a good idea. It can be difficult to find a paint that will adhere properly to vinyl, and if the paint does not adhere well, it will start chipping and falling away, leaving your windows looking worse than when you started. Plus, preparation will be time-consuming and extensive to get the paint to adhere at all.

The paint itself can also cause damage to the windows, especially dark colors that will heat up in the sun, possibly causing the vinyl to twist or warp. Finally, painting vinyl windows may also void the manufacturer’s warranty, and even if it doesn’t, the manufacturer may require specific brands and formulations of paint to maintain full warranty coverage.

How to Paint Vinyl Windows

Perpetration is the key to a decent job if you decide to paint your vinyl windows yourself. You will need some supplies to get started:

  • Painter’s tape and drop cloths
  • Foam paint brushes
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Vinyl-compatible alkyd-based primer
  • High-quality, vinyl-safe latex exterior paint

Mask off any areas that you do not want painted and protect the work area with a dropcloth. Sand any vinyl surfaces that will be painted to enhance adhesion, then clean the sanded areas thoroughly with water and a mild soap such as dish detergent.

Once the window frames are completely clean and dry, apply the primer according to directions on the label. Allow it to set, then apply several coats of paint, closely following the directions on the can. Keep a rag and water handy for any stray paint drops or spills.

Avoid Painting with Quality Replacement Windows from Zen Windows

Painting can damage vinyl windows or even void the warranty. To avoid this, consider choosing replacement windows that are the correct color from our team at Zen Windows. You can select nearly any window color you want, as well as custom grille patterns, screen options, and a variety of decorative or energy-efficient glass options. View our accessories page for more information. We also offer a variety of window styles and options, such as double-hung, picture, or bay windows, and they are available in three district window series, the Karma line, the Nirvana line, and the Lotus line. By choosing quality vinyl replacement windows from Zen Windows, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Quality windows with professional window installation
  • Lifetime material and labor warranties
  • Free, fast, and accurate window replacement quotes
  • Great financing options with no money down
  • No high-pressure sales tactics or pushy salespeople

Skip the prep, the painting, and the constant repainting with cost-effective, high-quality replacement windows in your ideal color from Zen Windows. Call us today at (877) 583-0423 or visit us online to get a free, no-obligation window replacement quote from your nearest Zen Windows dealer.


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