Can You Paint Vinyl Windows? 

January 3, 2020 by


There is some disagreement on this topic, as experts keep arguing on whether it’s cost-effective to paint vinyl window frames. Explore the pros and cons of painted vinyl windows.

Common Painted Vinyl Windows Problems

Vinyl windows can be painted, but that does not mean they should be painted. Generally, home contractors will tell you painting vinyl window frames is a viable option, while window manufacturers will contradict them.

The major drawback is that paint does not adhere well to vinyl. This results in paint flaking off, leaving you with windows that look worse than they did before you painted them. The color you choose can also be a factor. Darker paint colors attract solar heat, which puts additional heat stress on your window frames. If your current windows are older, the increased heat could cause warping.


Another important consideration when thinking about painting your window frames is your window warranty. Altering the vinyl window frame may void your warranty. Without a valid warranty, you won’t be able to get the manufacturer to fix your windows.

Some manufacturers will accept certain colors of vinyl paint but not others – going so far as to ask you to send in the paint chip for verification. If your windows are under warranty, it’s worth a phone call to find out what colors, if any, do not void the warranty.

Custom External Paint for Your Windows

The only other option is window replacement. When you choose to replace your windows, contact United Builders. We customize the windows, including style, size, and color. We offer several vinyl windows colors for you to choose from to suit your specific taste and the style of your home.

Windows and doors manufactured by Anlin Industries feature multiple external color options. The white and tan window and door frame colors are standard for the inside and outside of all Anlin products. As additional options, our customers can choose from 12 of the popular ThermaCoat colors to further enhance the beauty of your home. We’ve installed many Anlin doors and windows and our customers are always quite pleased with the completed project.

United Builders

If you have any more questions about frame color options for your windows, or you would like to learn more about vinyl replacement windows in Southern California, United Builders can help. We have years of industry experience we are ready to put at your disposal to make sure your new windows function at their best for your home and your loved ones. Give us a call at (909) 969-8976 for more information on our products and services. We professionally install replacement windows throughout Rancho Cucamonga, Chino Hills, Fontana and more.