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September 30, 2019

Frenchic Top Tips - How to Paint a UPVC Door

Tired of your house’s drab exterior? Give your uPVC front door a new lease of life and brighten up your home with an Al Fresco makeover.

Read on or watch the video to learn how to easily paint your uPVC door with our weatherproof range, and get handy tips from our Brand Ambassador, Craig Phillips.

The Product

Our Frenchic Al Fresco Indoor/ Outdoor Range has become well-known for transforming front doors up and down the country. This durable chalk paint is both weatherproof and UV resistant, so you can even spruce up your garden furniture whilst you’re at it. 

This easy-to-use paint is ideal for beginners, as it is self-priming, self-sealing and self-levelling, meaning you only have to use one product and an even finish is guaranteed!

Suitable for use on a wood, laminate, uPVC, composites, ceramics and metals, the Frenchic Al Fresco range leaves an almost matte finish, has little odour and is certified safe for use on children’s toys.  


For this project, you will need:

  1. Your paint colour of choice from the Frenchic Al Fresco Range
  2. Frenchic Concentrated Sugar Soap
  3. Fine sandpaper
  4. Masking tape & a polythene sheet
  5. A small hand-held paint sprayer or paintbrush


Step 1 – Prepare the door’s surface

Before you begin painting, you will need to clean the surface of the door. Dilute some concentrated sugar soap in warm water and wash the door with an absorbent cloth or sponge. This will remove any grease or grime that would act as a barrier to the paint. Rinse off with cold water and dry with a clean cloth.

Next, you want to lightly sand the door using fine sandpaper to help the paint adhere to the plastic surface. If the door has been painted previously or there is a build up of oil, use a coarser sandpaper and wear a dusk mask when sanding the door down. Once you’ve finished sanding, wipe off the dust with a clean, lint free cloth.

Step 2 – Protect the glass & handles

To avoid staining the glass or handles, you’ll need to protect them from paint splashes. Cover the glass panel with a polythene sheet and secure the edges with masking tape. For ease, buy a roll of masking tape with the plastic film already attached.

When it comes to the door handles, either cover them in masking tape or disconnect and remove them entirely if you prefer.

Step 3 – Apply the paint

Before you apply the paint, check the weather forecast. Avoid painting outdoors if it’s likely to rain or if there is moisture in the air, and only paint when the temperature is between 10 and 32 degrees Celsius. If you’re unsure, do a test area first to make sure your happy with the results.

When it comes to the application, you have two options. You can either use a small hand-held paint sprayer or an oval brush. The end result will be the same, so it just depends on your preference.

Option 1

uPVC door spraying is a quick way of applying paint over a large surface area. If you choose this option, make sure you wear a mask and goggles. Keep the nozzle 4 inches or 100ml away from the surface while spraying and move continuously up and down or side to side, for an even distribution.

Option 2

Painting a uPVC door with a paintbrush is actually pretty easy. Unlike wooden surfaces where you have to work in the direction of the grain, plastic doors have a flat surface so you can paint in any direction.

Take your time on any protruding sections and check joints for drips or paint build-up in the corners. After 5 minutes, with no more paint on the brush, revisit these sections and gently feather them out for a smooth finish.

Leave the first coat to dry for at least two hours and then apply a second coat. This will cover any streaks and ensures that the previous colour doesn’t show through.

Tip: Remove the masking tape before the paint is fully dry to avoid pulling any paint off with it.

Step 4 – Aftercare

Our Al Fresco paint range is self-sealing, UV resistant and weatherproof, so there’s no need for additional sealant.

We advise that you are as gentle as possible with the door for the first 48 hours, as the paint will be quite soft. After two weeks, the door will be fully cured and highly durable.

Starting your own DIY project?

For more step by step tutorials and helpful tips from our Brand Ambassador Craig Phillips, subscribe to FrenchicTV on YouTube.

Need some inspiration? Join our Facebook page to see what others have achieved with our Al Fresco weatherproof paint range.


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