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Can You Paint UPVC Doors? Yes, Let me Show You How!

Can you paint UPVC doors? Yes, I painted my front door two years ago and it’s still looking great! Let me show you how!

Regular readers will know that for the last six years we have been very slowly renovating our house. About two years ago I painted my UPVC front door. Our door was formerly a brown wood effect UPVC door. It was such a sad-looking door that negatively impacted the exterior of our house. In some houses, this brown wood effect would look good, but in ours, it didn’t. In order to maintain privacy, I’m just going to show you a close-up of the door rather than the full external view of our house. You’ll just have to take my word for it that the brown door did nothing for our house.

Can you paint UPVC doors?  Yes - here's how to paint them, from what paint to use, to the prep needed, how it holds up and more.

We had talked about replacing the door. However, binning a perfectly functional hulking bit of plastic didn’t sit well with me. Nor did the cost of a replacement door. Boy, those things are eye-wateringly expensive. So, I did some research and decided to paint the door.

I shared the process on Instagram at the time and got SO many questions asking about the paint I was using. At the time, I didn’t want to recommend the UPVC door paint I was using as I didn’t know how it was going to stand up to a) Scottish weather and b) general life. So I sat on writing this post for a long time. Two years long!

This two-year-long review in the making means that so far my door has gone through one whole summer, and two whole Scottish winters, and I now know how the paint stands up to all weathers, time, and life. I’d hate to recommend something and for it to ruin your door, let alone my door. You’ll understand why I really wanted to take my time on this before recommending paint for painting UPVC doors. I’m now at the point where I definitely 100% feel confident in talking about door painting with some degree of authority!

What Paint Should You Use On UPVC Doors?

I would recommend Zinnser All Coat Exterior paint. I did some pretty extensive research before taking the plunge in painting my door, and also talked to a few people more experienced in DIY than I am. Every time Zinnser All Coat was the paint recommended to me for painting UPVC exterior doors. This is the paint I used.

You can buy the anthracite grey paint I used from JDC Paints who sell via Amazon* and offer free delivery. If you’d rather avoid Amazon then you can also purchase the paint from Rawlins. Here you can select from a multitude of different colours, although there is a hefty £8 postage charge.

I’d just like to point out that this post is not sponsored in any way by Zinnser. The paint wasn’t a freebie. I bought it at full price with my own money. This is simply a this is what worked for me, and I think might work for you if you are also looking to paint your UPVC door product recommendation.

Matt or Satin – Which to Choose?

There are two different types of All Coat paint for use on UPVC doors – matt and satin. I initially painted my front door with the matt version of the paint. For about a week or so, the door looked great. However, then the entire door developed an unsightly white bloom that appeared in dry weather:

I emailed Zinnser, who were really helpful. They asked me to fill in a report – including details on how I prepped the door, the weather conditions when I painted it, and details on where my door is located. They also asked me to send photos of the bloom so they could investigate the cause.

It turned out that because my front door is north facing, in a more exposed location then salts were being pushed to the surface of the paint, causing a white bloom. Zinnser told me the satin version of Allcoat Exterior was a better option in this case and arranged for a replacement tin of satin paint to be sent to me. Top-notch customer service.

If your door is north facing or in an exposed location then I would therefore really recommend using the satin paint. I have re-painted my door in satin, and not had any further problems.

Is The Paint Eco-Friendly?

As this is an eco-blog, you might be wondering about the ingredients of the paint itself. I make no claims that UPVC paint for doors is an eco-friendly product. What I think though, is that if you have an old door that is functional but ugly, that you are considering replacing, then do consider trying UPVC paint before replacing the door. Because of being able to paint our door, and how good it now looks, we have decided not to replace our door, which has saved a significant amount of waste. Not only that but we’ve also saved on the resources needed to make a new door too. For me, it’s an eco win.

The Preparation

Preparation is key when it comes to painting UPVC doors! First off, give your door a brush down to remove any spider webs, dust, or leaves. Next, wash your door with warm soapy water, and rinse well. Then dry your door with a cloth or towel, or leave to dry. Then wipe down with methylated spirits to remove any residue. There is no need to sand your door.

Next, using masking tape, mask off all the parts of the door that you don’t want to paint. I spent a lot of time masking off the door handle, letterbox, and glass. In fact, I probably spent more time masking than I did painting, but it was well worth it for a sharp finish.

The great thing with the Allcoat Exterior paint is that you don’t need a separate primer. The first coat acts as a primer, meaning that you can get straight on to painting!

How To Paint A UPVC Door

guide to painting front doors

I’m not going to lie, it is pretty daunting painting something so expensive as a UPVC door. I would say that if you have never painted anything before, then your front door probably isn’t the best place to start. The paint dries very quickly. Pretty much as soon as it’s on the brush it starts to dry – so you do have to work fast. If you’re a semi-experienced at painting, then as soon as you get your head around how fast you need to work then it will be a really straightforward job. The Allcoat Exterior paint gives really good smooth coverage, and I was able to fully coat the door and frame within half an hour.

I used a brush to paint my door because of the glass section and various panels on my door. I figured it would be easier to get in with a brush than try to use a roller. If your door is less detailed than mine then do try a roller. The paint dries so quickly and can leave brush marks if you aren’t careful, so a roller would help avoid this.

Zinnser suggests leaving one hour between coats, and they recommend using two coats of paint. The first coat acts as a primer, and the second coat acts as the topcoat and sealer. I was initially skeptical that two coats would give the desired coverage, but two coats worked a dream. In fact, I had two-thirds of a can leftover. I then painted my back door to match, and I have stored the remainder to be able to patch up any chips or scratches.

I was worried about not being able to close my door after painting. However, the Allcoat Exterior is touch dry within 30 minutes, and re-coatable within one hour, so you don’t have to worry too much! I’d leave it at least two hours before closing your door, just to allow the paint to cure.

How Durable Is UPVC Paint?

UPVC door painted with Zinnser All Coat Exterior paint

I was a little worried about how durable a painted UPVC door really be. Thankfully, it’s been two years since I painted my door, and it’s stood up really well to the elements and to life. The above photo is my door after two years, and it hasn’t been touched up. The tile paint I used, however, leaves a lot to be desired!

The paint hasn’t weathered or faded. There are also no signs of blistering, flaking, or cracking. Zinnser says the finish can last for 15 years, and I quite believe this.

Of course, life happens. There are a couple of small scratches to the paintwork, as our door has taken some knocks in this time.

Is UPVC door paint durable

Our joiner hit the door with some wood when he was here doing some work in our hallway, and that did chip the paint. My daughter also managed to scrape the threshold bar and bottom of the door with her scooter. I guess this would be similar to how a painted wooden door would perform. There are a couple of small scratches around the lock, from where keys have scraped it. I took some photos before I patched up these scrapes so you can see, but overall though, I’m mightly impressed.

If you have an unsightly UPVC door, then I would definitely recommend painting your door, rather than replacing it. Although the paint itself is not an eco-friendly product, if it makes the difference between replacing your door or not, then I think it’s a great compromise that yields great, long-lasting results.

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Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Amazon to Know

ethical shopping amazon

Looking for eco-friendly and sustainable alternatives to Amazon? The good news is you don’t need to look too far. I’ve got nine online sustainable marketplaces for you to try today for almost all of your needs.

In May 2021 it was reported that Amazon had a sales income of €44bn in Europe in 2020, yet paid no corporation tax. Despite Amazon recording their highest income yet Amazon’s European unit apparently made a €1.2bn loss and therefore paid no tax. This was at the same time as many bricks and mortar shops were forced to permanently close down,

And to rub salt in the wound, the Guardian reports that the unit was granted €56m in tax credits. These credits can be used by Amazon to offset any future tax bills should they turn a profit. The company has €2.7bn worth of carried forward losses stored up, which can be used against any tax payable on future profits. This means it will be quite some time before Amazon pays any tax.

Of course, it’s not just tax avoidance. Amazon has been linked to human rights abuses. Their business model is based on over-consumption. And the company’s carbon footprint has been calculated as being larger than that of Switzerland.

The Best Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Amazon

The best sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives to Amazon

The good news is that there are lots of great eco-friendly and sustainable alternatives to Amazon out there. These ethical online stores cater to a wide variety of ethics, budgets, and product requirements. Let’s look at nine of the best out there now.

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&Keep

Dorset-based &Keep* sells a wide range of carefully curated, eco-friendly, reusable, and sustainable products. If you are looking for plastic-free products in particular, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the majority of &Keep’s products are plastic-free. Where there is plastic, &Keep like to ensure it’s the BPA-free kind and kept to an absolute minimum.

What’s more, all of &Keep’s products are cruelty-free and not tested on animals. And for extra eco points, all of their packaging is always completely plastic-free and uses recycled materials.  &Keep also regularly donate to environmental causes and charitable organisations that work far beyond their reach.

Sign up to their newsletter and receive 10% off your first order.

Content

Content beauty's ethical product

Content* sells a thoughtfully sourced selection of natural and organic beauty brands. Their collection of beauty products avoids many controversial skincare ingredients. These ingredients Content avoids are listed here, as there are simply too many to mention in this space! What’s more, none of the brands they stock test their products on animals, nor do they instruct anyone to do so on their behalf.  It’s reassuring to know that you are in safe hands when you buy from Content, and that they’ve done all the hard work for you.

And it’s not just beauty products that Content sells. You’ll also find departments selling ethical clothing, vintage clothing, recycled and handcrafted jewellery, fairtrade and vegan shoes, books, and zero waste living products. It’s a veritable one-stop shop!

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Big Green Smile

From make-up and beauty products to natural cleaners and baby care, Big Green Smile* is one of the biggest online retailers of natural, organic cruelty-free, and eco-friendly products in the UK. I stop by Big Green Smile particularly when I’m looking to buy bulk products, such as washing up liquid or soap. I find the prices really reasonable and they often run great promotions.

Bookshop.org

If it’s books that you are after then Bookshop.org* is the place to go as an ethical and eco-friendly alternative to Amazon. Bookshop.org is an online bookshop that, unlike Amazon, has a mission to financially support local, independent bookshops.

You can shop your local bookshop, or shop from a specific local bookshop to support, and they’ll receive the full profit from your order. If you don’t have a specific store in mind that you’d like to support, then your order will contribute to an earnings pool that will be evenly distributed among independent bookshops. In fact, Bookshop.org give away over 75% of their profit margin to stores, publications, and authors.

What’s more, they’re a certified B-Corp. This means that Bookshop.org meets the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.

EcoWareMarket

sustainable alternatives to Amazon

EcoWareMarket** is a new online marketplace that connects consumers with eco-friendly suppliers, manufacturers, brands, and artists from across the UK and Europe.

Featuring a growing inventory of UK or EU-made eco-friendly clothing and accessories, stationery, toys, hygiene and beauty products, kitchenware, and more, it’s a great place to look for your daily essentials. You can also find unique items here, like toys made from residual sugar cane waste.

As it is a marketplace, you can connect directly with suppliers, making it easier to find the products you are looking for. As EcoWareMarket is new, do keep a lookout for its growing product range.

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Ethical Superstore

Ethical Superstore*, one of the original stalwarts of the ethical and eco-friendly shopping scene, sells a massive range of eco products. From fair trade, organic, vegan, and eco-friendly products in practically every category you could ever imagine – from clothing, to toys, to food, to cleaning products and more. The sheer range of ethical products makes them a really strong sustainable and eco-friendly Amazon alternative.

What’s reassuring is that each item sold at Ethical Superstore adheres to at least one of Ethical Superstore’s seven key ethics. These are:

  • fair trade
  • organic
  • eco-friendly
  • supports education, health & wellness
  • is locally produced
  • or supports charitable causes.

It would be easy to be overwhelmed by choice. Thankfully Ethical Superstore allows you to shop by product ethics. Here you can filter products by a huge number of ethics to find the products that suit you.

I use them for buying household staples and am always impressed by their use of recycled and repurposed packaging.

Good Club

Good Club zero-waste delivery service

Do you use Amazon to do your store cupboard food shop? Then try Good Club* as an ethical alternative. I have used their services a couple of times now to buy ethical and organic store cupboard staples. I am always really impressed with their reasonable pricing, and their delivery service. Here your order is delivered in reusable boxes, which you empty and then place outside your house. The boxes are then collected the next day for reuse. You don’t even need to be at home.

And even better, Good Club also offers a zero-waste food delivery service. Here you can stock up on dried bulk items such as pasta, rice, oats, and more. These come in canisters that you decant into your own jars and then return to Good Club for reuse. Genius!

Oxfam Online

The eco-friendliest option is always to shop second-hand. Thankfully Oxfam Online* makes shopping second-hand easy. Here you can pick up a multitude of items – from ladies, gents, and kid’s clothing and accessories – to books, music, collectibles, and more.

Oxfam online makes a great sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to Amazon. This is because as well as their massive secondhand inventory, you can also shop their Sourced by Oxfam range online. This is a collection of eco-friendly cleaning products, fairtrade food items, ethical gifts and more, that help you live more sustainably. All profits also support Oxfam’s work helping to end poverty.

Wearth

Eco-friendly alternatives to Amazon

Wearth* is an online marketplace partnering with eco-friendly and ethical UK brands. They sell a huge range of eco-friendly products, such as zero-waste products, ethical fashion products, sustainable toiletries, and more. If you are facing decision fatigue, then you can shop from each department by your values. Simply tick the boxes that match your values, such as plastic-free, refillable, made in the UK, vegan-friendly, and more. You are then only served eco-products that match your ethics.

Read more on my write-up of Wearth.

Came across any other great sustainable alternatives to Amazon that you would recommend? Do let me know!