How To Paint A PVC Door

I have a white P.V.C door at home and was wondering is it possible to paint it black? Daniel, Galway

Hi Daniel,
Yes. you can paint your P.V.C Door and here is what I recommend:

  1. Make sure your door is fully clean and dry before painting (Clean with Original Krud Kutter)
  2. Apply a coat of Zinsser Bulls Eye Primer 1-2-3.
  3. Wait until primer is fully dry (60 – 90 Min).
  4. Apply a coat of ether Farbex Undercoat in Dark Grey or Dulux Undercoat Black (leave dry overnight).
  5. Finish with a coat of ether Farbex Gloss Black or Dulux Gloss Black.

Always make sure you use  good quality Brushes and Rollers to get the best finish. I always recommend Wooster or Corona they have a fantastic range for both the professional trades person to the keen D.I.Yer and to suit every ones budget.

How to Paint A PVC Door: Pat McDonnell Paints



  1. Gearoid Kelly 30th December 2015 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Sounds great.
    What about the white handles? Same procedure or would you need to get new handles?

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 22nd February 2017 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      Hi Gearoid! I would get new handles, as with wear and tear the paint could flake or chip off.

  2. Patricia mulholland 28th February 2016 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    I have a black P V C door just want to give it a black coat don’t want it gloss can you recommend what should I do please . Thank you.

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 22nd February 2017 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      Hi Patricia! Even though door is black anyway you still need to prime. I would recommend – Degrease. Clean fully with a product called Flauxoff cleaner, then apply one coat of Zinsser 1.2.3, a water based primer in black. After this, apply two coats of Dulux Weathershield Exterior Satin in what ever colour you choose.

  3. Luz 22nd March 2016 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Just a simple blog but shows great impact, i can say how good you are as a blogger..

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 20th February 2017 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      Thank you Luz!

  4. Sharon 2nd April 2016 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Was thinking about painting white upvc window grey but was worried about the effect strong sunlight would have on it ,is there a risk of the paint blistering and cracking?

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 22nd February 2017 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      Hi Sharon! Here is what I would recommend – Degrease / clean fully with a product called Flauxoff cleaner, Apply one coat of Zinsser 1.2.3 water based primer, than apply two coats of Dulux Weathershield Exterior Satin in what ever colour you choose!

  5. Angela culhane 6th April 2017 at 1:23 am - Reply

    Hi I have PVC door want to paint a shade of green please advise????

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 2nd May 2017 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      Hi Angela! Here’s what to do:

      1. Degrease door firstly using – Fluxaf Cleaner / Degreaser
      2. Apply one cost of Zinsser 123 primer
      3. Finish with two coats of Dulux Exterior Weathershield satin finish available in different shades of green.

      Would love to see a pic of the finished result Angela, hope this helps!


  6. Eamon Whyte 8th May 2017 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    I want to paint my front door which is timber (already painted).l always find it hard to get a nice even finish. Can you please advise. Should I use a roller.

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 16th May 2017 at 11:10 am - Reply

      Hi Eamon! You should use a 4” mohair rad roller sleeve. Hope this helps, let me know if you have any more questions!

  7. Ger 12th May 2017 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Could u also use this idea on teak pvc windows, I want to paint the insides cream?TiA

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 16th May 2017 at 11:09 am - Reply

      Hi Ger! Yes, you can use this method for teak PVC windows. Good luck with your project!

  8. The Restoration Group 17th May 2017 at 10:05 am - Reply

    This could be a stupid question but we’re taking the door off for this aren’t we or do we not need to do this?

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 1st June 2017 at 12:52 pm - Reply

      Hi guys! No you wouldn’t have to take it off the hinges in order to paint it.

  9. SeanD 5th June 2017 at 8:33 pm - Reply


    I’m planning to paint only the inside of my uPvc door. Its black and we want to lighten it to a cream coulour. As its the inside we wouldnt need weathershield but would you still rccommend using this or is there a better paint to use indoors.


    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 12th July 2017 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Hi Sean! You will still need to prime door with 123 primer – and it can be over-coated with regular satinwood as its indoors. Hope this helps!

  10. Catriona 27th June 2017 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Hi i have a red pvc door and want to paint it light green what should i use thanka

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 29th June 2017 at 11:05 am - Reply

      Hi Catriona! I would recommend the following steps:

      1. Clean degrease as in above
      2. Prime as above ( Zinsser 1.2.3 )
      3. Apply two coats of Colourtrend satin in whichever light green shade you prefer!

      Let me know if you have any more questions!

  11. Suzanne 27th June 2017 at 9:55 pm - Reply


    My parents dog scratched the inside of my patio door which is white pvc can you recommend how I could paint over the scratches?


    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 29th June 2017 at 11:03 am - Reply

      Hi Suzanne! I would recommend the following steps:

      1. Clean degrease door firstly with Fluxaf Cleaner
      2. Apply a coat of Zinseer 1.2.3 Primer
      3. Apply two coats of Colourtrend Satinwood white

      Let me know how it goes for you or if you have any more questions!

  12. Olivia 5th July 2017 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Hi moving house shortly and unfortunately any major renovations will not be done for at least 18-24 months so basically stuck with the windows and doors, we have mix of brown wooden windows and brown pvc doors and windows plus two really large silver aluminum door/windows was hoping to paint everything white but can this be done?? I want to paint inside and outside! I don’t mind painting outside a really dark black brown if it makes things easier but need advice!!

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 11th July 2017 at 9:49 am - Reply

      Hi Olivia! Yes you can absolutely paint your dark brown windows and doors white, or any colour you’d like for that matter! Please follow the following steps for best results:

      1. Degrease door & windows firstly using – Fluxaf Cleaner / Degreaser
      2. Apply one cost of Zinsser 123 primer
      3. Finish with two coats of Dulux Exterior Weathershield satin finish.

      We also have a blog post on painting PVC windows which you can view here:

      Let me know if you have any more questions Olivia!

  13. Mary Dineen 10th July 2017 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Love this blog!

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 11th July 2017 at 9:33 am - Reply

      Thank you Mary!

  14. Gabrielle 13th July 2017 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Hi Orlaith.. I’ve a white pvc door & I want to paint it red.. Yes I know about the 1,2,3 bull eye… But what under coat & top coat? I like a red gloss what brand? Dulux? Johnson?

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 18th July 2017 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      Hi Gabrielle, I would use either Dulux or Colourtrend: both of which are available in satin or a high gloss finish. After priming, use a red oil water based undercoat for maximum effect.

  15. Laura 7th August 2017 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    Hi!! After lots of research I feel ready to paint my pvc door (orlaith you have been most helpful!!) Would you recommend rollers or brushes for painting? I lastly require help on spraying the metal parts of the door, which include handle, knocker and letterbox. I was thinking metal spray paint? And would this need priming before hand? Any advice would be muchly appreciated! Thank you

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 10th August 2017 at 9:15 am - Reply

      Hi Laura! I would roll the door with a 4” Rad roller using a superflock sleeve and I then use a 1.5” Brush for cutting in around the edges. Prime the metal parts (once there are metal not allum with a std metal primer) then repaint with a gloss finish paint. Hope this helps Laura, let me know if you need help with anything else.

  16. Martin 14th August 2017 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Hi, we have a brown aluminium external door. Is it possible to paint this? We have satin metal & wood paint already that we painted another timber door. We hope to paint this the same.



    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 15th August 2017 at 11:56 am - Reply

      Hi Martin, yes you can paint your door using the steps we’ve outlined. Let me know if you have any more questions!

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 28th August 2017 at 4:41 pm - Reply

      Hi Martin, you can use the same steps as the PVC door above. Let me know if you have any more questions!

  17. Racheal 16th August 2017 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Hi what pain would you suggest to paint a grey composition door to black Tia.

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 28th August 2017 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      Hi Racheal, I would reccomend Sikkens Rubbol Black in either Satura (Satin Finish) or XT (Gloss)

  18. Michael 27th September 2017 at 4:24 pm - Reply


    I have a insulated garage door that got damage by a trampoline rubbing against it. It has an Oak finish but was wanting to paint it black or green. Is it possible to paint a prefinished door or is it replacement.


    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 28th September 2017 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      Hi Michael! Yes this can repainted here is what I would recommend:

      • Degrease / clean fully with Powerclean by Fluxaf
      • Apply two coats of Zinsser 1.2.3 Primer
      • Apply two coats of Dulux Exterior Satin in what ever colour you choose

      • Michael 28th September 2017 at 5:48 pm - Reply

        Great job, thanks!

  19. Anna 4th November 2017 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Hi, I want to paint the inside of my pvc front door. Can I use normal gloss paint after a primer or is there a special pvc paint I need to use? Thanks

    • pmpadmin 21st November 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      Hi Anna, you can use a normal paint after the primer. Bulls eye 123 which comes in 1/2 litre, 1 litre 2.5 litre and 5 litre is a primer available in our stores.

  20. Jacqueline Gartlan 3rd January 2018 at 9:14 pm - Reply


    I’d love to paint my teak windows inside but I have me dark brown pvc sliding patio doors, can these also be painted (just inside)?

    Great blog!
    Thanks in advance,

    • pmpadmin 29th March 2018 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      Hi Jacqueline, yes, for the wood we recommend Timber Coverstain primer and for the PVC we would recommend Bulls Eye 123.

  21. Lucia 22nd January 2018 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    I have white windows and a black front door I now want to install French Doors at the front of my front door as to stop the wind….can I put black French Doors or should they be white to match the windows

  22. Greg Jones 13th February 2018 at 8:50 am - Reply

    No question or request, just wanted to say thanks for the great advice you’ve given everyone on this thread – you’ve answered every question I could have, some I hadn’t even thought of and made me think of a few other projects too!

    Keep up the good work, I’m sure your advice is really helping loads of people

    • pmpadmin 29th March 2018 at 12:58 pm - Reply

      Hi Greg, thanks so much for your feedback, we’re happy to hear you enjoyed the article.

  23. Kieran 14th March 2018 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Hi. Could you advise on what is the best exterior paint out there. Painters in the trade are advising dulux, but wife likes the colours in colortrend. Painters are saying that colourtrend is not breatable. House is originally white, but want to change to a light grey.

    • pmpadmin 29th March 2018 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      Hi Kieran, there is nothing wrong with Colourtrend’s exterior paint so if your wife prefers their colours we would recommend going with that brand of paint.

  24. Niall 22nd March 2018 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Hi Orlaith, thanks for all that helpful advice. I want to paint the outside of my porch pvc door. Can I rub it down with white spirit to degrease it instead of using Powerclean? And will any water-based primer do such as a Dulux one, if I can`t get my hands on a tin of Zinsser 1.2.3?

    • pmpadmin 29th March 2018 at 1:18 pm - Reply

      Hi Niall, to degrease we would recommend Fluxaf and for the primer we would recommend Bulls Eye 123. Hope this helps!

  25. George 26th March 2018 at 11:04 am - Reply

    We have a dark brown wood-look interior pvc porch frame and door (house-side), along with degreasing and primer, should I use specific paint?

    • pmpadmin 29th March 2018 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      Hi George, once the primer has been applied (we would recommend Bulls Eye 123) it doesn’t really matter what paint you use, whether its Dulux, Colourtrend, etc.

  26. Danny 27th March 2018 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Hi there
    I want to paint the inside of my front door – it’s white pvc and want to take it darker.
    Maybe a dark blue and like the farrow and ball colours. What would you recommend for the inside of a door?

    • pmpadmin 29th March 2018 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      Hi Danny, the Farrow & Ball dark blues are Hague Blue 30, Stiffkey Blue 281, Drawing Room Blue 253 and Pitch Blue 220. The most suitable colour will depend on the light and space. If you make an appointment with one of our colour consultants in your local Pat McDonnell Paints store and bring in some photos of the area you want to paint they can go through the best shade for you.

  27. Rosie Dove 23rd April 2018 at 9:33 am - Reply

    I’ve followed your steps to clean and then prime out front door, did two coats of primer and then used farrow and ball exterior paint on top – it looks great – much better than buying a new door! But I’m concerned it will scratch / peel easily as I tested a scratch on the inside rim and it chipped off quite quickly.. do you have any advice? Maybe a sealant or a topcoat?

    • Niamh 12th May 2018 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      Interested for answer on this question? Thanks in advance!

      • pmpadmin 15th May 2018 at 9:30 am - Reply

        Hi Niamh, we have sent you an email asking for your number as this is easier explained over the phone.

    • pmpadmin 25th May 2018 at 11:58 am - Reply

      Hi Rosie, we would recommend applying 2 coats of Rustin’s Yacht Varnish, water based satin. The water based product is great because it is tough, but it will not change the colour. This is available in our stores.

  28. Tommy 17th May 2018 at 5:42 am - Reply

    Very interested in rosie doves question thanks

    • pmpadmin 21st May 2018 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      Hi Tommy, we have sent you an email regarding this.

  29. Rosie 24th May 2018 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Also interested in the answer to Rosie Dove question . Thanks in advance

  30. Siobhain 13th July 2018 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Hi, can I just ask if it is better to use a roller to paint a pvc door or spray it. I know someone who sprays cars and could spray it for us ?

    • pmpadmin 16th July 2018 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      Hi Siobhain, it’s easier to roll it with a suitable sleeve, either a 4” mohair or 4” Superflock. Spraying will give more a “Factory Finish”, but remember if you ever need to touch it up after being sprayed you will notice the different finish. Hope this helps!

  31. Liz 16th July 2018 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Hi thanks for all the above tips, very helpful! The Zinsser bin 123 says it’s for interior and Spot exterior use … is this still ok to prime an exterior upvc patio door with please?

    • pmpadmin 16th July 2018 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Hi Liz, yes its perfect for it, it should say on the can suitable for PVC, but it should be over coated as soon as possible with the proper overcoat.

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