After tons of research, today I’m sharing all my tips for painting vinyl windows black!
One of my biggest obstacles in this house has been the window color. Within the last 10 years someone replaced all of the windows with really nice TAN vinyl windows.
I really don’t understand why they wouldn’t pick white… or black, but I’ve been on a mission to figure out how to paint them. In our master bedroom I wasn’t sure how to tackle the windows, so I used black electrical tape to give the appearance of black windows! I knew this wasn’t a long term solution though. Here’s what I learned about painting vinyl windows:
- Because dark paint colors on vinyl attract heat, you have to paint them a lighter color.
- I REALLY wanted to paint my windows black, so I discovered Sherwin Williams Vinyl Safe Paint Colors.
- The vinyl safe colors don’t use any black pigments because the black attracts too much heat.
Upon quite a bit of debating, the Sherwin Williams paint guy encouraged me that he COULD make black with maroon, blue, and deep gold colorants! I was SUPER hesitant when the paint came out of the mixer looking like a deep turquoise. He assured me that with two dry coats it would look black. Before painting it onto my windows I tested it on multiple surfaces and sure enough two coats looked black on all of them! (I’m including a photo of the paint label for you)
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- I started by taping off all the window edges with FrogTape.
- Then I used masking paper to cover the windows, walls, and floor. Honestly I wish I would have used even more because there was still a bit of overspray.
- Next I used my Graco Truecoat 360 paint sprayer to put a coat of Bulls Eye gray primer on the windows and trim.
- Once this was dry I made sure my “black” (turquoise blue) paint was mixed thoroughly and sprayed two coats on the windows. The first coat seriously scared me because it looked very teal, but once each coat dried I was really happy with the color.
- I made sure to remove all my tape while the paint was still wet so that it wouldn’t peel any paint.
- Once the windows were newly dry, I opened and closed each window so that it wouldn’t be painted shut. Only one window lightly scratched my paint job which I was able to easily touch up, and now it opens and closes easily.
I’m SO glad that I tackled this project! I was reassured by multiple paint guys that because I was painting the interior of the windows they didn’t *think* they would warp. We also live in a cold climate. It was a risk I was willing to take though because I hated our windows so much. I’m going to wait a full year though before I consider this treatment on our other windows, just to see how they hold up.
After painting the windows I touched up all the walls with Benjamin Moore “Chantilly Lace” and then added these brass curtain rods, and these Grey Curtains from Hobby Lobby. I still need to hem them but I couldn’t wait to share this with you. Now that they’re 100% dry, they look like the exact same pure black that I painted our cabinets with! You’d never know it was a teal blue color to begin with!
Thanks so much for reading about my experience painting vinyl windows black. If you decide to tackle this project, let me know how it goes! **Disclaimer… I’m not responsible for any warping due to painting windows… it’s a risk I was willing to take but if you do, do it with caution!** Also, I should note that if you have tan windows and you’re not wanting to take this risk, Sherwin Williams does make their Vinyl Safe paint colors in white which wouldn’t be nearly as high of a risk!
Next Wednesday I’ll be revealing the entire kitchen and dining room with sources, but if you’re curious in the mean time, I’ve included clickable links to many of the products!
**Update** To see the reveal post head here! I’ll also share one teaser pic!!