What’s the best way to paint a UPVC exterior door? You might be tempted to pick up a brush. Please don’t. Brushes give you nothing but ugly brush marks. You need a contactless paint method for UPVC, such as spray painting.
There are 3 main ways to paint exterior doors:
You’re probably familiar with brushes and rollers. These are fine for hardwood doors because hardwood is porous and lends itself well to texture.
However, brushing and rolling is not suitable for UPVC or composite doors because they create undesirable contact texture. This manifests as brush marks with brushes, and bobbly texture with rollers. These textures are noticeable and cheapen the look of a door. Worst of all, they can’t be corrected unless the paint is removed.
For UPVC and composite doors, spray painting is the only application technique that will give you a smooth and consistent factory finish.
Think of it this way – do vehicle manufacturers paint their cars with a brush? No, because it would leave horrible brush marks. Do they paint their plastic trim with a brush? No, for the very same reason. The same is true of UPVC and composite door manufacturers — they also spray paint their products at the factory.
In comparison, brushing and rolling is an amateur application. It will change the colour of your door, for sure, but the finish won’t be convincing.
The bottom line is this – spray painting is THE ONLY WAY to paint a UPVC or composite door to a factory standard. If your aim with painting your exterior door is to make it appear as though the door was originally installed in the new colour, you should follow the same route as manufacturers and choose spray painting.
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