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What is the best paint for uPVC doors and windows?

The majority of homes have a white uPVC front and backdoor, if you’re looking for advice on the best paints to use on your uPVC windows and doors then you’ve come to the right place! In this article we will highlight our recommended uPVC paints which will allow you to transform the appearance of your home and stand out from your neighbours.

What are uPVC windows and doors?

uPVC is an abbreviation for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride, this provides a durable and low-maintenance but lightweight material which is used on buildings, predominantly as windows, doors, window sills, fascias, soffits, cladding, guttering etc. You can almost guarantee the windows and doors of your property are made from uPVC. As much as this is a very useful material, unfortunately UPVC can become dated over time. For example, uPVC doors can suffer from discolouration over a period often leading to doors being replaced which can be expensive. Replacing windows and doors when they become unsightly isn’t your only option; that’s why we wanted to provide advice around the best paints for uPVC windows and doors as choosing the right paint for your uPVC windows and doors can enhance the appearance of your home.

Can you paint uPVC windows and doors?

We regularly are asked if you can apply paint to uPVC windows and doors, the answer is yes. As previously mentioned, uPVC is plastic which is easy to paint, however the important decision comes down to the paint you decide to apply on your uPVC. This is crucial as applying the wrong paint on your uPVC windows or doors may result in paint becoming flaky or not being able to withstand rainfall or extreme weather conditions. This can result in wasted time, money and effort as paint can quickly need to be reapplied and also becomes more complicated if you need to remove existing uPVC paint before reapplying the correct paint. 

Best paints for uPVC doors & windows

If you’re looking for paint for uPVC windows and doors then we have recommendations for you, both of our paints are highly rated for use on uPVC by both professional decorators and DIYers alike. We also have a step-by-step guide on how to paint your uPVC doors, check this out if you've decided on your paint and are looking for advice before you start painting. 

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Number 1 Recommendation

Tikkurila Panssari Akva - this is our number 1 recommendation for painting on uPVC windows and doors. Tikkurila offers extremely strong weather resistance, brilliant colour stability and an extremely durable finish which protects against biological erosion. This paint offers the perfect solution for the harshest of environments, ensuring your uPVC windows and doors always have a flawless finish. Tikkurila Panssari Akva can be ordered in over 300 colours, including the popular anthracite grey which gives upVC windows and doors a modern look and feel. Pansarri Akva is touch dry in 1-2 hours and can be recoated in 24 hours, which is longer than our alternative product, Zinsser Allcoat.

Number 2 Recommendation

Zinsser Allcoat - our second favourite when it comes to painting uPVC doors is Zinsser AllCoat Exterior. This product can be applied to almost any exterior surface, and you can also enjoy access to various finishes including matt, gloss & satin. Allcoat can typically be recoated in under an hour, allowing you to finish the job quicker than competitor brands, such as the Tikkurila alternative above.

How long does UPVC paint last?

This typically depends on the brand you decide to go for, if you choose Zinsser Allcoat then this has an expected life span of up to 15 years which means your uPVC windows and doors will look great for an extremely long period of time, allowing you to focus on other areas of your home which require maintenance or lick of paint.

Popular colours of UPVC paint for windows and doors?

We offer a huge-range of colours which can be ordered online or in-store for both Tikkurila Panssari Akva and Zinsser Allcoat, the following are the most popular colours used on uPVC that you may want to choose for your upcoming project. 

  1. The most popular paint colour for uPVC is RAL 7016 Anthracite Grey. This is a dark grey with a neutral tint, being neither cool nor warm. It almost looks black in low light and lighter when the sun is shining. We think this colour looks best in a satin finish.
  2. Other popular mid-dark greys include Slate Grey, RAL 7021 Black Grey and RAL 7043 Traffic Grey.
  3. Alternative colours, such as popular greens include olive green and fir green - all available to order online at The Paint Shed.