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Painting standard vinyl french doors black?

bigfan's picture

I would love to paint my standard vinyl french doors black or dark blue.  How would this look with the white mullions/grills?  Do you think I could pull it off if they were still white?  If so, what kind of paint would you recommend for this type of surface?

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gmcauley's picture

Hello bigfan,I think French doors are best left white, but it entirely depends on your space and style — experiment! In terms of paint types, try reading our Paint Types And Finishes article or Melamine Paint Tips for advice on vinyl.I hope that helps!Gwen McAuley (gmcauley at

goldo's picture

Thanks for the explanation !Best regards

Nestor_Kelebay's picture

Bigfan:  I can't advise you on colour, but I can advise you on paint.
There's a popular misconception that vinyl can't be painted; presumably because it's plastic or because manufacturers of vinyl windows advise against painting their windows.
Actually, vinyl can be painted.  People paint the vinyl siding on houses all the time.  The reason why window manufacturers advise against painting their windows is because vinyl softens when it gets warm, and so leaving the vinyl white ensures that it remains as cool as possible, and therefore as strong and hard as possible, and therefore less susceptible to bending or stretching or otherwise deforming.
I am partial to oil based paints.  They have a much more reliable film formation mechanism and they form stronger and harder films that stand up to daily wear and tear better.
If it were me, I would mask off what I don't want to paint first and use an interior oil based primer.  Then top coat with an interior oil based paint.  You can also use a latex primer and paint, but latex paint films simply aren't as hard and durable as oil based paint films.  If you wanted to use a latex paint, I would prime with a sticky primer like Zinsser's Bullseye 123 (available at Home Depot) and top coat with any company's top of the line interior latex paint.
Or, if you're planning to take the doors off to paint them, Krylon makes a spray paint specifically for plastics called "Fusion".

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