Learn how to successfully paint over PVC surfaces and prevent any peeling, cracking or flaking – our 3-step guide below shows how you can paint PVC doors and window frames and other PVC surfaces with suitable preparation, priming and finishing with Zinsser products, featuring decorative topcoats that are available in more than 4000+ colours.
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- Zinsser Mould Killer & Remover
- Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3
- Zinsser Perma-White Interior
- Zinsser AllCoat Exterior Satin/Gloss
Stained, faded and marked PVC surfaces make a property appear rundown, affecting the attractiveness of businesses to customers and of rental properties to prospective tenants. Not many people know that you can paint PVC surfaces as we are often asked “can you paint plastic window frames“.
PVC surfaces on a property include:
- PVC Pipework
- PVC Guttering
- PVC Doors
- PVC Windows, ledges and frames
- PVC Soffits and facia boards
Ensuring these surfaces are clean and tidy could be the difference between customers visiting your business and using your services or walking on by to the competition – easy to do in such a competitive market on the high street.
Using Zinsser’s products, this can be a quick process without much downtime or disruption to customers and staff, needing just a few hours between coats and products to allow for sufficient preparation and drying.
Zinsser listens to contactors and develops new products – or adds features to existing products – to meet their changing needs, delivering world class products that meet “real world” challenges, providing tried and tested solutions to painting problems, such as painting over PVC. Their Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primes PVC surfaces without flaking, cracking or peeling, and can be painted over with topcoats available in more than 4000+ colours.
Step 1. Surface Preparation
The PVC surface to be painted must be clean, dry and free from anything that will interfere with the adhesion and application of the materials and coatings to be applied.
Remove loose and failing material through scraping or brushing with a stiff bristle brush to a sound edge, feathering this with a fine grade abrasive paper.
All visible signs of organic growth should be removed and the areas treated with Zinsser Mould Killer & Remover, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, allowing to dry.
Step 2. Priming
Now the surface has been suitably prepared, remove any remaining contaminants along with anything that could interfere with adhesion and then degrease overall with methylated spirit, making sure to frequently change the cloth.
If intending to finish with Zinsser Allcoat Exterior Solvent Based Gloss or Zinsser Perma-White Interior, prime overall with one full coat of Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and, in normal drying conditions, allow a minimum drying time of 1 hour.
Zinsser Allcoat Exterior Water Based (Satin and Gloss finishes) and Solvent Based (Satin only) can be applied directly to suitably prepared (clean, dry, lightly abraded and thoroughly degreased) uPVC without the requirement of a primer coat.
Step 3. Decoration
The primed surface can now be decorated in one of 4000+ colours:
For interior projects, use two full coats of Zinsser Perma-White Interior in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and allow a minimum drying time of two hours between coats.
For exterior projects two full coats of Zinsser AllCoat Exterior Satin/Gloss can be used, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, allowing a minimum of one hour between coats to dry.