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Old 08-21-2012, 05:45 PM   #1
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My local building supply house has a large "discount trailer" with returned doors and windows at drastically reduced prices. Examples are $800-$1500 windows by Marvin, Green Mountain, etc... for $50-$200, new in packaging.

I spotted two small double hung Marvins that are two-over-one and match my existing historic windows perfectly. Only problem is they are vinyl clad.

Can this be painted black to match my wooden sash?

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Old 08-21-2012, 07:26 PM   #2
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My local building supply house has a large "discount trailer" with returned doors and windows at drastically reduced prices. Examples are $800-$1500 windows by Marvin, Green Mountain, etc... for $50-$200, new in packaging.

I spotted two small double hung Marvins that are two-over-one and match my existing historic windows perfectly. Only problem is they are vinyl clad.

Can this be painted black to match my wooden sash?

Thanks guys.


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I just pulled my info on Vinlysafe Colors by SW, no where in the flyer does it say you need to prime or rough up first. I know my best friend did neither first, and hers is still great (15 yrs later). I believe the paint already has all the bonding agents needed. Post a photo, when you're done.

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Where your going to run into trouble is with any dark colors on vinyl.
Vinyl expands and contracts. Paint it black and it's going to heat up to the point it could very well distory the seals in the window.

Ever see really dark colored vinyl siding? That's the reason.
Try contacting the window company directly and talk to there Tec service dept. I'll bet it would at least void any warrenty if there is ine.
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In general when painting vinyl you have to just clean and apply a quality 100% acrylic paint. Vinyl does expand and contract, but a quality paint acrylic paint will expand and contract as well Sherwin Williams Superpaint, resilience, duration or emerald will work well on vinyl.
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thanks guys.
just did some research and am pretty sure the windows in question are actually "ultrex" fiberglass.
this is probably better for painting than vinyl??
thanks again.
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Here's there web site. But I sure would talk to them about painting them black.
http://www.integritywindows.com/Care-Maintenance/
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Black CAN BE risky on windows......any type of windows.....but especially vinyl. Even wood windows have issues with peeling. There's just so much heat buildup around window areas that black peels much sooner than any other color. Obviously, chemistry has come a long way in paint making it more compatible on vinyl or fiberglas for that matter, but, I have actually seen vinyl windows warp and not open properly due to black paint application. As Joe said, I would seriously call the manufacturer to make sure.
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On vinyl and fiberglass doors some even come with a warning stick stating to not paint a dark color.
I've seen some black and hunter green doors get so hot it melted the gasket holding in the window.
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I taped my windows and spray painted them - 12 years ago - they still look like they were done yesterday (dark red over white vinyl and aluminum both). The only thing is to make sure you tape well and be good with spray paint (don't paint to close or you get drips and buy the good nozzles instead of the cheap ones that come on cans).

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