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Can you paint a uPVC front door a new colour?

A uPVC front door is a reliable option for any home. They are a popular choice amongst homeowners, which is a testament to their effectiveness as an entrance door. Here at Associated Windows, our customers often ask us ‘can uPVC front doors be painted?’ So, to help those who want to freshen up the look of their front door, we’ve taken a closer look at the issue.

What are uPVC doors?

Golden oak effect uPVC entrance dooruPVC doors are a cost-effective, low maintenance solution for either the front or back of the home. uPVC – which stands for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride – is a poor conductor of heat and uPVC doors are fitted with multiple, heat-trapping chambers. This allows them to prevent significant amounts of heat from being lost outside, leading to a warmer, more comfortable home. They’re a popular choice with homeowners, as they’re available in multiple finishes and glazing options. Also, they’re fitted with high-security locking systems so homeowners feel safe and secure when inside their properties.

Can you paint uPVC doors?

Tastes change over time so it’s unsurprising that a lot of homeowners like the idea of being able to alter the look of their front or back door. Fortunately, with the right preparation and tools, painting uPVC is possible. You can use the method below if you like the idea of painting uPVC doors:

  • Make sure the door is completely clean and dry before painting
  • Next, apply a coat of quality exterior primer to the door and wait until dry
  • Once the primer is dry, apply an exterior gloss or satin paint to the door but make completely sure that the paint you use is suitable for use on uPVC
  • Wait until the first coat is dry and then apply subsequent coats as required to give the door complete coverage

But should you paint a uPVC front door?

Simply put, the answer to this is no. When manufacturers make coloured uPVC doors, they are spray-painted with coatings that have specifically been designed for use on uPVC. When applied, they form a molecular cross bond with the plastic, ensuring for a long-lasting, vibrant finish that will withstand general wear and tear without cracking, chipping or flaking off. Therefore, even the best of DIY jobs is unlikely to last as long or attain the same level of quality.

Whilst it is possible to paint a uPVC front door yourself, if you’re really that fed up with its colour, maybe you should consider replacing it instead. uPVC front and back doors from us here at Associated are available in a huge range of colours along with smooth and woodgrain finishes. So, you can reinvent the look of your front door with ease. As the doors are guaranteed for 10 years, you can also be certain that the finish will last considerably longer than any DIY job. Give us a call on 0117 9311777 or contact us online and have us fit a replacement uPVC front door on your home today.

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