Hey everyone! Have you ever invested in a project or purchase and later realized the color was just not right? Well, after the purchase and installation of new vinyl windows from Home Depot I realized a day later I made a huge mistake.
I ordered almond color windows. gasp. My son would add, “hashtag suburban mom probs” right about now.
With white casings around our kitchen windows, the almond window trim package was a mix-matched mistake. And, it was going to bug me. I was on a quest to figure out how to paint vinyl windows.
So I did what I always do when I find myself responsible for an error in a big purchase. I searched online for solutions and told no one in my family.
solution to paint vinyl windows
My first attempt was to use a white primer from a can a paintbrush and just paint over the almond trim. But with the visible brush strokes, paint drips and the crank handles (which is what I loved about my new windows) I needed another option to paint the vinyl windows.
spray paint details
I grabbed one of the dozen cans of spray paint in my garage and read the details. I really had nothing to lose as I had already painted a corner with white primer. So I cleaned out the corners of the windows and wiped all the vinyl trim.
I used a spray primer for the first coat and with the positive results I finished with two coats of a primer + white semi-gloss finish. Next time I will just use the paint + primer option. One less step.
vinyl windows after
And, guess what? Within 10 seconds I knew I had found the best technique, for my skill level and patience, to paint the vinyl windows. The paint adhered to the vinyl with a smooth finish. The paint did get on the actual window, but it was an easy cleanup with a razor blade. The results were immediate. I applied two more applications and allowed plenty of dry time.
And, that crank window… with the twist off knob and the arm? The spray paint went over the window trim like a first coat of nail polish from a new bottle of OPI. Smooth finish with instant results.
After almost two years the windows still look great. And, no one notices the windows. Which is the best compliment, right. Kind of like when someone gets a little work done and everything thinks she (or he) looks “rested.” wink wink