Paint uPVC windows with Dulux Weathershield Quick Dry Satin
A lot of good info came out as the result of a question asked by a homeowner about how to paint uPVC windows with Dulux Weathershield Quick Dry Satin.
(Homeowner emails…) 2-3 Years ago I bought a tin of the above paint with the intention of using it on some white UPVC windows, with International UPVC primer as a base coat.
Before starting, I was overcome by fear about what I was going to do, potentially was I going to ruin the windows, and then laziness set in, resulting in the paint still being in the unopened tin. But now, with spring round the corner, I am determined to have a go.
Could you please advise me whether the Dulux paint is suitable for the job, and if it isn’t, what would be? Also, would it now be usable, or past its sell-by date?
Many thanks for your advice. I’m sure it will be most helpful and give me the impetus I need to get on with the job.
Response to question about Dulux Weathershield QD
In short, it is not the right paint for uPVC windows!
Otex high adhesion primer will stick to a cleaned pvcu surface. Mythic Primer too has had good reports.
Sell-by-dates of water-based paints
Paul Hague, tech support at Holmans Specialist Paints gave a full answer to this in a recent TP newsletter article. (Subscribe for future updates) In essence, consider 12 months as the regular shelf life of water based paint.
KrudKutter Original has long been the go-to cleaner for most of the Traditional Painters. Citrus-based, it cuts through grime, removes wax… but now it is case of Krudkutter works, if you can find it. It appears to have been taken over as a company and taken out the UK for now.
There is a very good replacement called Pro Clean from Dutch firm, Fluxaf. It has been available in the UK for a few years now, recently rebranded and has excellent user friendly credentials. Coming in concentrate form means it is very economical, and flexible as it can be diluted (or not) and used in a wide variety of circumstances, for instance, as a …
In Simple-ville, strong degreasers double as “liquid sander” thoroughly cleaning and providing a key on smooth surfaces.
A readily available alternative is Owatrol’s tried and tested ESP wipe on wipe off cleaner and primer for plastic, laminate, anything really.
Have you had success paint uPVC windows? What was the specification?
PVC Windows kill
BTW – did you know that Canadian PVC windows kill !!!!! I don’t know if it is a made-up stat or not – 22m Canadian birds a year splatter themselves hitting glass windows? Something for painters to bear in mind when specifying paint. (The higher the sheen of paint, the easier it is to wipe clean. )
Here’s an OTT decorative solution for keeping birds away from glass windows in the first place.
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