Synopsis: If you cannot afford to replace your windows and doors and are looking for a cheaper alternative, then you may wish to consider spray painting them instead.
There used to be a time when your windows and doors colour faded, that you needed to replace them, but this is no longer the case. If your windows are looking tired and faded and in need of some TLC, then you can make significant savings by having them painted rather than replacing them. Below are some tips to help you get started and see if it is a task that you are up to yourself, or whether you need the assistance of some experts to spruce up your home and giving it a face lift.
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Clean Your Windows & Doors
The first thing that you will need to do is clean your windows and doors thoroughly. You will want to make sure that all debris, dirt, and grease are removed from the surface of the frames, as these will affect the overall finish. You can use household products to give them a clean, and by mixing four parts hot water to one part vinegar and putting this into a spray bottle, you can start cleaning the surfaces and getting them ready to be painted.
Preparing the Surfaces
As well as giving the surfaces a good clean, you will also need to prepare them so that the paint will adhere to the frames correctly. You will need to sand them down with fine sandpaper which will assist in getting the surface ready for painting. When you have finished doing this, you will then need to mask off the brickwork and window panes to ensure that no paint is sprayed onto them. Once the preparation is complete, you will then be ready to paint them.
Painting the Frames
If you want to ensure that you get a professional finish that companies such as Cheshire uPVC coating can achieve, you will want to have some experience at spray painting. If you do not already have one, you will need to either purchase, hire, or borrow paint spraying equipment to get the job done correctly. You will want to put a primer coat on the surface initially, taking your time to ensure that the entire surface is covered evenly. Once the primer has been done, you will then want to start painting in the colour that you wish your windows and doors to be. Depending on the original colour, and the new colour that you are painting with, you may need to put several coats of paint on the surface. When you have finished your layers of paint, and the surface is dry, you can then remove the masking, and your first frame will be complete.
If in Doubt, Use A Professional Service
If you do not have the equipment or experience to do this job yourself, you may wish to have a local company do the work for you. When you compare the price of new windows and doors, you can save around 80% of the total cost of replacements, so even when paying for a company to do this for you, it is still an extremely affordable option, and guarantees a high-quality finish.