If your front door is looking a bit dated and you want to spruce it up with a new colour then you might be wondering if you can paint a uPVC front door and how to go about it.
This is a project that can have a massive impact on the kerb appeal of your home and one where you can really unleash your creativity! What’s more, it is a relatively easy DIY project that you can complete yourself over a weekend.
So if you’re considering that makeover for your front door, follow our step by step guide on how to paint a UPVC front door and enjoy your home’s new look!
Whilst uPVC doors are built to last, they do begin to show their age quite quickly. The white plastic tends to get discoloured from being exposed to the sun and the rain and can look old and dated very quickly.
Painting your uPVC front door means that you can experiment with colours as well as creating more kerb appeal. This can have a real impact if your are getting your home ready to sell, but even if you aren’t, don’t you deserve to come home to a beautiful home that makes you happy?
Before you rush off to buy the paint for this project there are some things that you need to consider before undertaking this DIY project.
The most important thing to take into consideration is the weather around the time you want to paint your uPVC door. You don’t want the weather to be too cold, too hot or rainy.
Aim to paint when the temperature is between 12C and 30C and there is no rain forecast.
Also, consider how long the project will take to complete. To allow for drying time and multiple coats of paint you are looking at this project taking a few days to complete.
This means you will need to take home security into account if you cannot close your front door or if you are removing the handle to paint. Be sure to plan other activities you and your family can do while keeping an eye on the front door – whether that is more DIY and gardening or just chilling out.
In order to paint your uPVC front door you will need to choose a paint that works on uPVC. This is because uPVC is too smooth for typical paint to grab onto. For this reason you might also need to use a primer if the paint you are using does not include a primer.
There are plenty of paint options available for you to choose from. The most popular is Frenchic’s Al Fresco range which already contains a primer, and comes in a whole range of bright and beautiful colours to boot!
As well as your suitable paint you will also need:
- Painter’s tape
- Paintbrush or roller
- Dust sheet
- Screwdriver to remove the hardware from the door
The first step to painting a uPVC front door is to clean the door. Start off by using a brush to sweep away dust or cobwebs, then give the door a clean with your cleaner of choice – sugar soap or Elbow Grease are great options.
The next step is to remove any hardware from your door.
This includes things like your door number, door handle, letterbox etc.
Whilst you can paint around these using tape, it will give you a much cleaner look to remove them before painting.
This third step is going to help you to protect any of your door’s features, such as glass or your peephole. Use tape to protect these areas.
If the paint you are using does not contain a primer then you will need to prime your door following the instructions on the primer you are using. Be sure to allow the primer to dry according to the directions.
If the paint you are using does contain primer then you can move on to step five.
After all your prep it is time for the fun part – getting to paint a uPVC door.
It is best to use thin coats of paint and build up the layers rather than a thick first coat.
Don’t be disheartened when your first coat looks rubbish, just trust the process and keep going. It is normal to look blotchy at first but that’s why we do layers!
Now that your door is painted it is time for your finishing touches.
This includes removing the tape you used, fixing any nicks and replacing the hardware back onto your door.
This DIY activity can take place over a weekend and yet create a dramatic difference in the appearance of your home. Painting your uPVC door can make it look clean, fresh and fun instead of tired, dated and dirty.