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Dr Dulux: How to Paint a uPVC Front Door

Fed up with white uPVC? Find out how to paint your uPVC front door with Dr Dulux. Get the know-how to transform your front door with this step-by-step guide.


Q. My white uPVC front door looks a bit tired and dated now. Can I paint it?

A. If you inherited a uPVC front door when you bought your house, you’ll probably notice two things about it. Firstly, it’s built to last and will work well for years to come. Secondly, and here’s the downside, it will start to show its age after a few years. The trouble with white plastic is that it tends to discolour after a while, especially if it’s exposed to the sun and the rain all the time. Fortunately, by painting your uPVC front door, you can get it back to looking its best and boost the kerb appeal of your home. Here’s how you do it.

Watch how to paint your uPVC doors and windows with Dulux Weathershield Multi-Surface below.  


How to paint your uPVC front door – 4 simple steps

1. Remove any door furniture

Before you even think about picking up a paintbrush, you need to remove any door furniture. By this we mean things like doorknobs and knockers, or if you have an ornate letterbox. Removing these extras will leave you will a simpler surface to paint over. Plus, it means you have the option of sprucing up your door furniture before you screw it back on. More on that in a moment...


2. Prep the uPVC door ready for painting

You need to prep the surface of your uPVC door before you paint it. Start by using a brush to sweep away any dust or cobwebs. Next, use a light sandpaper all over the surface of the door to create a key for the paint to stick to. Make sure you go all around the door frame, from top to bottom, paying particular attention to any window frames within the door.


We painted this uPVC door in Ruby Fountain 1.


3. Pick a paint that will work on uPVC doors

Choosing the right paint for your uPVC door project is really important. One of the easiest ones to use is our Dulux Weathershield Multi-Surface paint. You can apply it directly to your uPVC door without the need for a primer. Plus, it guarantees to give you 6 years of weather protection, to keep your uPVC door looking great for longer. In this example we used Green Glade.


Keep in mind that if you decide to use a shade from our Weathershield quick-dry satin or gloss range, you need to use the Dulux Difficult Surface Primer first. And remember, as it’s a water-based paint you should only paint your uPVC door on a day when the temperature is above 10°c – so that it dries properly.

You can paint your uPVC front door with a roller or brush – it’s your choice. Whatever makes the job easy and enjoyable.


4. Decide on the finishing touches

Once you’ve gone to the trouble of painting your uPVC front door, it would seem a shame to stop there. So, why not take some time to dress your doorway and make your entrance even more inviting? Use potted plants to add colour and charm – or a brand-new doormat to show off your style and personality.

Don’t forget to upgrade your front door accessories, too. The metallic letterbox, door-knocker and handle on this uPVC door really complement Indigo Shade – a new colour in the Dulux Weathershield Quick Dry Satin range.


Want more ideas for painting your front door? Check out these 3 front door makeovers that make an entrance. Or, if it’s colour inspiration that you’re looking for, discover how to choose a front door colour that suits your home.

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