Exteriors

Published on August 20th, 2013 | by Henri

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Painting might damage vinyl window frame

Q.    I own a small condominium and, per regulations and rules, it is my responsibility to replace, at my expense, from a vendor selected by the board of directors, windows and one sliding glass door. The door has been installed but is the wrong exterior color, and I have been told that the exterior frame needs to be painted. This would also include the screen door frame. Can one paint these frames without compromising the integrity of the seal (lifetime warranty), and prevent continued maintenance? What would you recommend as the best course of action?

A.    Vinyl can sometimes be painted but it is risky. It is best for you to contact the manufacturer of the door and ask for their advice. Often, painting a white vinyl frame a darker color can cause the vinyl to become distorted.

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