Marvin Ultrex Window Painting?

willinakJuly 17, 2010

I'm not sure how well the outside (sash) of a Marvin Ultrex window will take to paint.

We are in a condo with a given color for the exterior sash and trim. Marvin offers a limited color selection, and none are close to the dark red that is required, how well a paint would adhere is a big question mark for me. Can't seem to find any online information on the subject. Any experience here?

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Windows on Washington Ltd

Best bet would be to call Marvin and see if they have a painting protocol documented.

Tecton manufactures the pultrusions for Marvin so you can call them direct.

I think what you will find is that there is minimal prep. Make sure the surface is clean of any oils or debris and a good exterior latex will likely do the trick.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2010 at 8:23AM
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willinak

The only piece of information I could find on the web referred to snading with 100-150 grit paper, but I think that was for older installations.
That said, if it was required to sand, that might be a deal breaker, as that alone would likely raise the overall cost by $100/window.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2010 at 11:59AM
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afsa

pretty much any type of vinyl or composite window that allows paint the surface will require sanding to break and scuff the surface for the paint to adhere to the surface better. But as windows said calling Marvin or Techton is the best thing to do.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2010 at 6:36PM
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willinak

Wouldn't it be nice if they offered a paintable primed surface, which you know they do anyway to get their production paint to adhere. Dream on!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2010 at 9:09AM
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afsa

The Integrity product are not painted, the color is in the product when it is made so it is throughout the pultrex.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2010 at 10:44AM
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willinak

From Marvin himself:
"Finish Options:
Patented finishing process yields a finish 3 times thicker than competitive finishes to resist scratching and marring, while 5 times the UV resistance protects against the fading, chalking, streaking and cracking common to vinyl windows."

What does that mean?

    Bookmark   July 19, 2010 at 2:53PM
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afsa

My bad, i was mistaken and spoke to quickly, and the quote below is directly from the catalog!

"The finish is not painted, but rather a robust acrylic cap that encases the fiberglass substrate, protecting it from an on slot of environmental and daily life hazards that it will encounter throughout its lifetime."

    Bookmark   July 19, 2010 at 3:33PM
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willinak

Well, you found more than I did. They didn't say "clad", but it kind of infers that, doesn't it!

Help! We need a Marvin rep on this forum! :-)

    Bookmark   July 19, 2010 at 5:44PM
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afsa

I have sold some Integrity, (sold mostly Marvin in a high end home region) and they are definitely not clad they are solid Pultrex.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2010 at 9:34PM
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swesna

I like the deal breaker of adding $100 per window to sand...how is that calculated.

I installed an integrity in my bathroom. It is a great window and you should be able to prime and paint with minimal prep. The surface is not so smooth and would should hold the paint without sanding. One of the benefits of these windows is that they are easy to paint.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 8:16AM
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mtow

Advice: Once you paint you probably will be painting again and again!
Take the factory finish or move onÂ

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 3:17PM
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willinak

"Advice: Once you paint you probably will be painting again and again!
Take the factory finish or move on "

Good advice, EXCEPT for the fact that this is a condo. As such, has to match existing color scheme. The HOA refuses to replace my leaky windows, so I'm going it alone.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 10:40PM
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