Can you paint upvc doors?

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Can You Paint UPVC Doors?

Our home’s front door is one of the most important aspects of every property.

As well as being the first thing people see when they pay us a visit, meaning they help present a first impression of our home, front doors offer a range of other benefits. This includes enhancing kerb appeal, providing greater security, offering better energy efficiency and in some cases even helping to raise the value of your home.

Front doors can be made from a whole host of materials including wood, aluminium, composite and more. One of the most popular materials used when manufacturing doors is UPVC. 

Over time, it’s normal for front doors to suffer from wear and tear. Painting your front door is a great way to restore it to its former glory, but can you paint a UPVC door?

In this article, we’ll outline everything you need to know about UPVC doors and answer whether you can paint them. Read on to find out more. 

What Are UPVC Doors?

Before we examine whether you can paint UPVC doors, let’s first take a look at exactly what they are.

UPVC is a popular material that is used to manufacture doors and windows. While it’s most commonly known by its acronym, UPVC actually stands for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride. The manufacturing process sees this UPVC placed on top of a steel core, helping to create a product that is strong and durable. 

While it looks plastic in its appearance, in actuality it is closer to metal when it comes to functionality. Usually, it is used as a substitute for other materials, and in addition to being used to manufacture doors and windows, UPVC can also be seen in sidings and weatherboarding.       

The Benefits Of UPVC Doors

UPVC doors offer several benefits, making them a popular choice for homeowners across the country. Some of these advantages include:


Strength and durability are undoubtedly one of the biggest benefits of having a UPVC door installed. UPVC is a highly durable material that can withstand various weather conditions, including rain, sunlight, wind and more.

This is particularly beneficial here in the UK where the weather is unpredictable, especially for those who live in coastal areas whose homes may be greater exposed to the conditions. Plus, UPVC is resistant to rotting, warping and corrosion, making it a long-lasting choice. 

Low maintenance

Unlike some door options, UPVC front doors require minimal maintenance. If they become dirty or you notice debris has appeared on their surface, simply cleaning them with soap and warm water is the best way to keep them looking as good as new.   

Energy efficiency

UPVC also features good insulation properties that help to keep your home well-insulated. This can contribute to energy efficiency by reducing heat loss during the winter and stopping the property from overheating in the summer. This can potentially lead to reduced utility bills and increased savings.   


Due to the aforementioned durability, UPVC doors are also extremely secure. As well as being hard to force open or breach, they will often come with multi-point locking systems. These locks engage at multiple points along the door frame, making it more difficult for thieves or intruders to open.


Generally, UPVC doors are more cost-effective than other materials like wood or aluminium. This makes them an attractive option for homeowners who are looking for a durable yet affordable choice. 

Sound insulation

UPVC is also an effective insulator against noise, helping to reduce external sounds and create a quieter and more peaceful environment indoors. This is especially beneficial if your property is located in a noisy area. 

UPVC doors provide a whole host of benefits, but before deciding on a material it’s important to consider your specific needs, budget and other individual requirements. We’d also recommend professional installation to ensure that the door performs to its optimal ability and keeps you safe. 

Can You Paint UPVC Doors?

Yes, you can paint UPVC doors.

Sometimes, people are reluctant as painting on a plasticised surface can prove more difficult than other materials, but if done correctly there is no reason why the task cannot be done effectively. 

However, before you start it’s important to select a paint that is UPVC compatible. Visit your local DIY or hardware store to find the right product, the label should outline that the paint is suitable for UPVC but ask for help if you’re unsure.

It’s also important to choose a dry day to paint the door. 

Painting in the rain will make the job extremely difficult and this should be avoided at all costs.    

How To Paint UPVC Doors?

If you’re planning on painting UPVC doors, follow the steps below to ensure you’re doing so correctly. 

Gather Your Equipment And Tools 

Before you start, make sure you have everything you need to paint the doors properly. 

This includes: 

  • UPVC paint
  • A dust sheet
  • A bucket 
  • A sponge 
  • Sandpaper 
  • Masking tape
  • Primer 
  • A paintbrush


Make sure you prepare the door’s surface before starting to paint. Use some sandpaper to rub down the door, creating a slightly rougher surface. This will help the paint better adhere to the surface and remove any lumps and bumps that may have formed.

This is also the time to remove any decorative features from your door, and apply masking tape to areas you don’t want to paint.

Prime The Door 

Before using your UPVC door paint, you should apply primer to the door. As UPVC is a bit more difficult for paint to stick to, primer will help with this meaning your application will more easily adhere to the surface. 

Paint The Door  

When the primer has dried, use a paintbrush or roller and apply the UPVC paint to the door. Paint from top to bottom so any drips can be easily evened out during the process. If you need to, apply a second coat once the first has dried.  

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