Painted Vinyl Window Problems & How to Avoid Them?

Painted Vinyl Window Problems & How to Avoid Them?

Sometimes getting excited about a home improvement project like painting vinyl windows can lead to disappointment during the information-gathering phase.  When you start to read about the problems, what can go wrong, and why painting vinyl windows may not be the best decision, then your excitement may dissolve as quickly as it came.  But as long as you continue to gather ideas, you will quickly run across solutions.  Here are some ways to avoid the main problems when painting vinyl window frames.

1.   No Returns

If you happen to have newly installed vinyl windows and are unsure about the ones you have chosen or are worried about a defect, painting your frames and trims means you can’t return them.  And in some cases, homeowners may use sandpaper before painting, which means the product is officially damaged.

To avoid this problem, make sure to check with the store or manufacturer about how long you have to exchange or possibly return your windows.  And also check the warranty for how long the company may provide financial support for repairs.

Once you are satisfied and/or out of the safe zone, then you can continue with your painting project.

1. No Returns Painted Vinyl Window Problems & How to Avoid Them?
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2.   Warping and Contracting

Warping and contracting happen to vinyl whether it is painted or not.  In extreme temperatures whatever is added to the PVC causes a specific melting point and breaking point.  To avoid this some homeowners opt for lighter paint colors because darker colours absorb greater heat from the sunlight.

When it comes to very cold temperatures, it is important to make sure that you keep the moving parts of the window frame well oiled. Cracking paint can be prevented in many cases by using a high-quality exterior primer and paint.

3.   Chipping, Peeling and Flaking

Sometimes when the full process isn’t followed, homeowners experience chipping, peeling, and flaking of their paint colour.  It is very important to clean your windows thoroughly before priming and/or painting.

That means any grease, debris, cobwebs, bird droppings, etc. need to be washed away and the window needs to dry completely.  Using the correct type of primer and/or paint for vinyl, in most cases an exterior acrylic–latex-based one will ensure the best results.  If these stages are followed correctly, then your painted vinyl windows should stand up to movement and varying weather conditions.

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4.   Faded and Discoloured

If your vinyl window frames are very old or neglected, fading and discoloring may occur.  In order to keep your home exterior fresh and up to date, it is important to cleanse regularly and paint every 5 to 10 years.  In some cases, you may want to replace your old windows.

Vinyl replacement windows can last up to twenty years.  When deciding to paint, make sure you tape off the glass panes and surrounding other materials so they don’t get sprayed or splattered.

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5.   Home Buyers Hesitation

Some of you may be looking to sell your home and -like vinyl siding, the condition or colour of your vinyl windows creates hesitation for interested buyers.

Though the look of a home exterior is not as important as the foundational aspects, the first impression and curb appeal can still have a strong sway on many interested parties.  Cleaning your home exterior regularly and applying a fresh coat of paint where necessary can go a long way.

And some interested buyers may prefer new windows altogether, which means the homeowners will have to judge the benefits on a case-by-case basis.

6.   Voiding Your Warranty

It is important to read your warranty before you do any work on your vinyl windows.  If you have purchased them recently and there is a defect or you wish to replace them, painting the vinyl may void your warranty.

And in some cases, your warranty will specify certain allowable colours.  This means that the manufacturer may still help with the cost of repairs if you follow their guidelines.

If you have any concerns or hesitations while thinking about painting your vinyl windows, it is better to read the warranty thoroughly than to start the project and/or speak to someone who can answer your questions.

So there you have it!  These are six problems that can crop up when you are considering painting your vinyl windows.  But remember there are always solutions when you are excited about a home improvement project.  And at Home Painters Toronto, we are always here to help.

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