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Is Spray Painting uPVC Doors Suitable or Not? 

Yes, spray paints are perfectly suitable for your uPVC doors and windows. But there are several things to consider. For some people, spray painting uPVC doors is a quick and inexpensive way to update their home colour scheme. While others are concerned about its limitations. 

For spray painting uPVC doors or windows, a lot of preparatory work is required, and the right paint choice is necessary, even after all the efforts, the final results may not be obtained as per our expectations. Regardless of all these points, spray painting uPVC doors is a great customised option.

Now you can change the appearance of uPVC doors or windows with spray paint easily and instantly. Let’s refresh or renew your old uPVC doors with spray paint’s vibrant colours.

Why colour your uPVC doors? 

Time-to-time colouring windows and doors of your house brings life and joy, as Wassily Kandinsky said about colours: “Colour is a power that directly influences the soul”. In this regard, spray painting uPVC doors is a perfect DIY to inspire your soul. 

In old times, there was no appropriate way to improve the condition of older uPVC doors and windows as they were torn out, their colours faded with time due to the unfavourable weather in the UK, and replacement was the only option, that is pricey. 

But now with the facility of spray painting, we can renovate our uPVC doors and windows with aesthetic colours on a low budget. Furthermore, painting not only refines the surface but also protects the frames of uPVC doors and windows in the long run.

Step-by-step guide to spray painting uPVC doors:

  1. Gather the materials
  2. Preparation
  3. Choose the right spray paint for uPVC doors
  4. Start painting 

Let’s begin your painting journey!

1. Gather the materials: 

Collect all the required materials before spray painting uPVC doors;

Mild detergent, warm water, dusting cloths, 120-grit sandpaper, microfiber cloth, painter’s tape, plastic or newspaper sheets, primer made for plastics, spray paint for uPVC, covering tape, safety goggles, face mask, and protective clothes.

2. Preparation: 

Now, to successfully spray paint a uPVC door initial preparation is necessary. Perform the below steps for this purpose;

  1. First, clean the surface thoroughly with mild detergent and warm water, and make sure it’s dry. 
  2. Next, use 120-grit sandpaper to lightly sand the surface to make the paint stick effectively.
  3. Then, use a microfiber cloth to wipe away dust and painter’s tape to mask off areas you want to keep free from paint. Additionally, protect surrounding areas with plastic sheets or newspapers. 
  4. Finally, apply a primer designed for plastic surfaces in a thin, even coat and let it dry according to the instructions. Now you’re ready for painting!

Remember, proper preparation ensures a smooth and durable finish.

3. Choose the right spray paint for uPVC: 

Selecting the right spray paint for uPVC doors and windows is vital. So, choose wisely concerning quality so that it does not peel off too early.

Spray paints are often recommended for achieving a smooth touch without brush lines. Look for acrylic or enamel-based paints labelled as suitable for plastics or uPVC. 

Some famous brands include Rust-Oleum Universal Paint and Primer in One, Krylon Fusion for Plastic, and Valspar Outdoor Spray Paint for Plastic. 

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for optimal results.

4. Start painting: steps to paint: 

Carefully practice the following steps for smooth painting;

  1. First, wear protective gear like clothing, goggles, and a mask to stay safe from paint splashes. Work in a well-ventilated area to let paint fumes out. 
  2. Before you start, shake the spray paint can for one minute to mix it thoroughly. Don’t forget to test the spray paint on cardboard to check the colour and nozzle. 
  3. When you paint, hold the can about a foot away from the door and spray smoothly side-to-side to avoid putting too much paint in one spot. 
  4. And try making the coat thin and even to refrain from splashes. 
  5. Afterwards, let the first coat dry completely according to the paint can instructions. Steady this step because it could affect the final look. 
  6. If you need to, add more coats, be sure each one dries completely before adding the next. 
  7. After the final coat, let the door dry completely, which might take a few hours to a few days depending on the paint type.


Can you spray paint uPVC doors? 

Yes, spray paints are best for uPVC because they’re specially made with unique primers and formulations that bond well with plastic resulting in a perfect finish that lasts a long.

Why are regular paints not suitable for uPVC?

Regular paints are not suitable for uPVC doors because they don’t stick properly to them and lead to exfoliation.

Which spray paint brands do you suggest for uPVC?

We suggest famous brands such as; Krylon Fusion for Plastic, Rust-Oleum Universal Paint and Primer in One, and Valspar Outdoor Spray Paint for Plastic.

Can I spray paint new uPVC doors?

You should not paint your brand-new uPVC, you can spray paint at least one year older uPVC door and window.

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