You can change the colour of your UPVC windows by spray painting or vinyl wrapping them, however for a factory finish spray paint is superior in this application. There are two reasons for this which we will look at below.
If you go down the wrapping route, you will want to buy vinyl by the roll and for the high-quality 3M stuff, you are looking at hundreds of pounds per roll. For a finish that is in any way equal to spray paint you also need to hire a professional to wrap your windows, and the labour time is extensive, more so than paint. One window will take 3-4 hours to wrap so for a house you are looking at a 4-day job easy.
Painting UPVC windows professionally is cheaper than wrapping them. The labour time is slashed in half and the material costs are lower because the installer will buy their paint special to order from a supplier. If a professional quoted you £800 to wrap five windows, we would quote you around £650 to paint them - a saving of just over 20%. We would call this saving typical in the UPVC spray paint versus vinyl debate.
This is the biggest difference between the two. You will find that vinyl wrap is available in a huge range of colours just like spray paint (we offer over 500 colours) but also that the quality of the vinyl varies greatly between manufacturers. Truthfully, you never know what you are going to get with vinyl and that is especially true of the generic stuff you can buy off eBay or similar websites. There’s also a lot of knock-offs.
High quality vinyl wrap offers a smooth finish and will temporary change the colour of your UPVC windows until you peel it off. The finish is no smoother or better than spray paint though, so it becomes somewhat of a false economy. Spray paint permanently changes the colour of UPVC and will last for at least 10-years. Vinyl temporarily changes the colour (for a higher price as well) and usually comes with a 5-year guarantee.