How To Paint PVC Windows

“We recently bought a house and we don’t like the exterior dark brown pvc windows, is it  possible to paint them white?”

Hi Sarah! Yes it is possible to change the colour of your PVC windows. I would reccomend following these steps in order to achieve your desired result!

  1. Cover all ground areas with dust sheets and tape where they’re needed.
  2. Lightly sand the area with a fine grade sponge sander & dust down all window surfaces.
  3. Clean and de-grease the PVC windows with Fluxaf Cleaner.
  4. Apply two coats of Zinsser 1.2.3 Primer and leave windows to dry overnight.
  5. Apply two coats – we recommend either Dulux Exterior Satin or Dulux High Gloss in whatever colour you wish – and leave the windows dry overnight.
  6. Open the windows for a couple of hours each day for a few days so the paint on the PVC windows can thoroughly harden.






  1. Peter 11th July 2017 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Hi guys, I was wondering if I can change the colour of my pvc windows? They are now dark black and I want to have them a creamy colour. Will it still work for me? Thanks

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 12th July 2017 at 9:14 am - Reply

      Hi Peter! Yes you can change the colour of your windows using the steps mentioned above. Using the Zinsser Primer (it’s of high quality) allows you repaint your windows with any colour you desire. Let me know if you need help with anything else!

  2. Miriam 3rd September 2017 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Hi would these steps also work on Upvc fascia and sofit. Ours was bottle green but has badly faded and I’d love to be able to paint it.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 5th September 2017 at 2:58 pm - Reply

      Hi Miriam, you can use the very same steps as outlined above! Let me know if you have any more questions. Happy painting! 🙂

  3. Amanda 24th September 2017 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Hi, would the same products be suitable for the interior side of PVC window frames and a door as dislike the brown pvc. Would any interior paint work once apply the Zinsser? Thank you.

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 26th September 2017 at 9:32 am - Reply

      Hi Amanda! Yes you’re right, you can use the same products for the inside of your PVC windows – if you prefer to use an interior paint you can however we would feel the exterior paint has better coverage. Hope this helps, let me know if you have any more questions!

  4. Edel Ritchie 18th November 2017 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Hi have brown windows and the doors would love to change them. Do u carry out the work by ant chance

    • pmpadmin 24th November 2017 at 9:22 am - Reply

      Hi Edel, we do not have painters as members of staff. We would recommend taking a few of the business cards that we have in our stores from painters and decorators who leave them there for our customers. Hope that helps 🙂

  5. Ray 17th January 2018 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Hi, I have white upvc windows want to paint them black. What’s the process thanks

    • pmpadmin 29th March 2018 at 1:26 pm - Reply

      Hi Ray, we would recommend using the Bulls Eye 123 primer before painting.

  6. Veronica Dee 27th May 2018 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Hi I want to paint a white pvc hall door were do I get paint I live in Tipperary Veronica Dee

    • pmpadmin 29th May 2018 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      Hi Veronica, we have our new store in Limerick at the Raheen Road Roundabout which is probably the closest Pat McDonnell Paints store to you. We also have 2 stores in Cork and 1 store in Kilkenny which are also quite close.

  7. James 20th June 2018 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    If I carry out the above steps, as recommended, would there be a risk of the paint on the pvc chipping over time?
    Thank you.

    • pmpadmin 22nd June 2018 at 12:36 pm - Reply

      Hi James, no, once the door is cleaned/degreased fully (Using power clean by Fluxaf) and primed with Zinsser 1.2.3 primer there should be no issues.

  8. Elaine 8th July 2018 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    I would like to paint brown aluminium windows white…what product works best to ensure the paint doesnt chip

    • pmpadmin 9th July 2018 at 11:43 am - Reply

      Hi Elaine, we would recommend to clean degrease with Power-clean by Fluxaf, Apply one coat of Zinsser 1.2.3 Primer (Waterbased), apply two coats of either Dulux Weathershield Ext Satin or Colourtrend Ext Satin or Gloss in your chosen colour.

  9. Sarah lonergan 12th October 2018 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Hi I’m just wondering is there anything I can do to remove paint from pvc windows. The last person to paint the walls wasn’t very tidy. I tried a paint scraper and a blade but no joy. Any tips please?

    • pmpadmin 22nd October 2018 at 4:38 pm - Reply

      Hi Sarah! We would recommend using Power Clean by Fluxaf. Spray on and leave for 2-3 minutes only. DO NOT LET DRY! Then remove paint with window scraper.

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