Respraying uPVC Windows
Anyone who has a home that contains uPVC windows knows that they can become a bit of a pain.
Over time they can become discoloured and faded. In other situations they can even start to crack and peel. That said they do last a long time, and the eventual disrepair they can fall into seems like it’s inevitable and can only be fixed by replacing them.
Well now people are Respraying uPVC Windows in recent years, people have found a different way to deal with uPVC windows that aren’t looking as good as they used to. You can of course replace them. That’s possible, and even though it can cost a lot of money, it’s still going to bring your property a new look and a ‘refresh’. Respraying uPVC Windows is possible, giving them a new colour and lustre that you’d expect to see on brand new windows.
It is as simple as Respraying uPVC Windows but the issue is whether or not you do it, or a professional team that has done it many times before. It can be tricky, and if we were pressed for advice on the matter, we would say take on the experience and skills that a professional team can supply. They will be able to take care of the preparation process (which is quite demanding) and also ensure that the finish the windows have is attractive and perfect. It’s well worth considering the professional option first.
Respraying uPVC Windows
You have that option too, of course. And as long as you’re able to put in the work that is required, you should be able to bring about the kind of finish that will make you proud to own the property again.
Your first task is to make sure the surface itself is free of detritus and dust. Over the years, it’s quite possible that you would have seen the windows gradually become dull and dirty. If you want to make sure that you have the best results with Respraying uPVC Windows has to be spotless. There is no point in cutting corners here, and when you realise that special uPVC paint has to be able to adhere to the surface, the cleaner it is, the better.
Grab yourself a new (as in clean) sponge and a tub of hot, soapy water. Then, make sure you work hard to get into every nook and cranny on the uPVC. This part of the process is absolutely vital to get right. Spend time on this part, and make sure that the dried surface is completely free of dirt and dust. Bear in mind also that you may have a surface that has picked up other elements such as algae over the years. Sometimes this requires a little more work. If you find something on the surface that is difficult to get rid of, you would be best helped by someone who has professional experience in this area.
Once the cleaning has happened, you’re then in a situation where you can begin to sand down the surface so it is ready for uPVC painting. You have to be incredibly careful with this part, because the surface has to be sanded so it is able to grip the new paint. If it feels like you’re sanding a little too hard, you probably are. Be as gentle as you can, all you need is a surface that is able to allow the paint to adhere to it. This generally means a very fine piece of sandpaper, lightly used.
This is where a little more care is needed. If you are at the stage where you are choosing paint, speak to professionals and tell them you are respraying uPVC windows. Then they will be able to advise you on the best paint for the job. We cannot emphasise enough the need for communication here. A professional can sell you the right uPVC paint, and that will make all the difference when it’s time to get the finish right. If you don’t use the right paint for the job you will have a patchy, poor quality finish. You’d be surprised how many people have simply applied the wrong paint. The paint is a special compound, and it will need to ‘stick’ to the sanded surface. Whatever you do, don’t just go for any standard interior paint. You won’t get the results you want.
Use masking tape to seal off the area, and make sure (for obvious reasons) that nothing is left behind to be sprayed when it shouldn’t be. If you’ve got masking tape and tarpaulin, you should be able to set the area up so that the uPVC surface is the only part that is painted.
Most professionals do at least two coats. This needs to be borne in mind, because it’s easy to watch a coat go on and think it’s a good job. After you’ve painted your coats, always give it an hour or so to dry before you take a decision on a further coat or on finishing the job.
Respraying uPVC Windows can be difficult if you’re not confident. But the payoff comes when you stand back and see a beautiful new set of windows gracing your property.