Factory-finished windows, whether they are vinyl, aluminum or any other type of metal or plastic are marketed as “maintenance-free” windows.
Why would you want to paint something that is “maintenance-free”?
Here are 3 reasons why you might be considering painting your “maintenance-free” windows:
- They have faded or discoloured over time
- The metal has become pitted
- You’re wanting to change the colour
How do we go about painting these type of windows at CAM Painters?
First of all, this customer wanted the actual window frame to be left white and
the window casing to be painted, to create a pleasant 2 tone effect. She also wanted the vinyl shutters to be painted as well. So, in order for her wishes to be clearly communicated with the team, I used an app called Skitch to mark up a photo. Now the team knows exactly what goes where, so there’s no confusion!
Next, the windows and shutters were dirty, so we used a cleaner/degreaser to get rid of all the dirt so the surface would be nice and clean for the next step.
Then we primed the surface with Extreme Bond Primer from Sherwin Williams. This primer is designed to adhere to glossy surfaces, such as factory-finished vinyl and aluminum. It provides an excellent base for our top-line paint to go over.
We then painted the shutters and window frames with Emerald exterior satin from Sherwin Williams.
This is Sherwin Williams top-line exterior product and it is formulated to be used on exterior vinyl. Sherwin Williams was finding that when their regular exterior paint was used on vinyl that it would fade over time. They developed new tints for their Emerald line that are “vinyl-safe” meaning that the colour will remain vibrant over time. We at CAM Painters like this because we transform homes with lasting beauty, we don’t want your home’s colour to fade in a couple of years.
So these are the reasons why you might consider painting your factory-finished vinyl or aluminum clad windows, as well as the procedure we use to ensure that we have a lasting beautiful finish you can be proud of!
If you have some exterior painting needs why don’t you book a quote? Have CAM Painters Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!