A few months ago I made a huge, expensive mistake when I ordered (and paid for) new windows for our kitchen. My mistake; I selected almond trim on our new windows from Home Depot. I didn’t realize it was a mistake until the windows were installed and the almond trim windows clashed with our white trim.
Here were our newly installed crank windows. I couldn’t get past the contrast between the almond vinyl windows and our DIY updated farmhouse window trim. On a side note, my husband never noticed the contrast. I am convinced many men suffer from male pattern blindness: the inability to notice paint. Here’s a closer look. It drove me crazy.
paint vinly windows | 1.0 (fail)
My first attempt to paint the vinyl window with a brush was a big fail. I sanded both windows with a 200 grit sandpaper and cleaned both windows several times.I used Kilz primer in the bucket and brushed the primer onto the vinyl window. The base coat went on without a problem, but when I sanded it a second time and went over it with the white paint, I got drips.. the ones that dried overnight. So I re-sanded a third time and went a different direction. I
how to paint vinyl windows | 2.0
I used Kilz Paint & Primer spray paint. he can and brushed it on. As a base coat it was okay, but when I sanded a 2nd time and went back over it with the primer I started to get drips, the ones that dry overnight. So I lightly re-sanded and wiped them down and purchased these. I bought 2 cans of primer and 2 cans of glossy white.
The spray paint was so much easier and in very little time. It took longer to clean and sand the vinyl than it took to spray paint. I spray painted over the first attempt with the brushed on primer with a Rustoleum Primer. However, on the second winow I used the Rustoleum Paint & Primer in a Semi Gloss finish. I absolutely loved the results. And, this time my husband noticed the difference.
The spray paint worked better than I anticipated on the handles and locking mechanisms. They were a a real PITA (pain in the a$$) to paint with a brush, but the spray paint went on like hairspray! Once the spray paint dried, I used a window cleaner and a razor’s edge to clean the spray paint “splatter” on the windows.
I am so proud of this project. I found very few blog posts or articles on painting vinyl windows so I hope this helps! I am very proud of the results.