Why Are Your Paint-Coated Windows Not Lasting?

May 24, 2023

What are some possible reasons why your paint-coated windows do not last?

  1. Poor surface preparation
  2. Low-quality paint
  3. Incorrect application
  4. Exposure to different elements
  5. Improper maintenance
  6. Inadequate ventilation
  7. Age of the windows

Have you noticed that the paint on your windows is chipping or peeling off? Does it seem like no matter how many times you repaint them, the issue persists? If so, you are not alone. Many homeowners experience the frustration of paint-coated windows that just won’t last.

In this blog post, we will explore the reasons behind this common issue and provide you with tips on how to prevent it from happening again. So, if you’re tired of spending time and money repainting your windows, keep reading to discover why your paint-coated windows are not lasting.

Poor Surface Preparation

Poor Surface Preparation

When you apply paint to a surface that hasn’t been adequately prepared, it won’t adhere correctly, and the paint will eventually start to peel and flake off.

Preparing surfaces for painting involves several steps, including cleaning, sanding, and priming. Before starting to paint your windows, ensure that the surface is clean, dry, and free from loose or flaking paint.

After cleaning and sanding, it’s crucial to prime the surface before applying paint. Primer helps the paint adhere better to the surface, making it more durable and long-lasting. Applying primer also helps create an even base for the paint to adhere to, resulting in a smoother, more uniform finish.

Low-Quality Paint

Another possible factor preventing your paint-coated windows from lasting is the use of low-quality paint. High-grade paint contains more pigments and binders to make it more resilient against chipping and peeling. On the contrary, cheaper low-grade versions won’t last as long and will require frequent touch-ups to maintain their finish.

Powder coating is a popular and effective finishing method for aluminum windows that offers several advantages over traditional paint coatings. This method is known for its durability, resistance to fading, chipping, cracking, and weather resistance.

Unlike traditional paint coatings, powder coatings require minimal touch-ups and repainting. This is due to their dry coating process, which is commonly used as a metal finish for industrial equipment. The powder is applied as dry particles through an electrostatic process and then cured with heat. Thus, powder coatings are known for their ability to maintain their finish and color for many years, even in harsh weather conditions.

Incorrect Application

Incorrect Application

A common misstep people make when painting their windows is applying the paint too thickly, leading to uneven results and increased chances of cracking and peeling over time. To avoid this problem, it is essential that users follow all manufacturer-recommended application steps such as the number of coats applied per layer and drying times. Typically it is better to apply several thin layers rather than one thick one.

However, applying too thin a coat of paint won’t provide sufficient protection from the elements and could wear away quickly over time, leaving windows vulnerable to damage. To avoid this scenario, it is crucial that enough paint be applied evenly across all surface areas or to opt for a powder-coated finish.

Exposure to the Elements

Windows are often left open to the elements, and over time this exposure can cause their paint to deteriorate over time. Direct sunlight can fade and crack a paint job, moisture causes it to swell and crack further, and temperature fluctuations cause expansion and contraction which results in cracks and peeling. To combat these problems, it is crucial that a high-quality exterior-grade paint be chosen that is specifically designed for this use.

Improper Maintenance

Improper maintenance can also cause paint on windows to deteriorate quickly. Regularly washing them with mild soap and water to remove dirt and debris that cause wear is vital; additionally it is wise to avoid using cleaning agents that may scratch the paint surface as this can hasten their demise more rapidly.

Inadequate Ventilation

If the windows are not properly ventilated, moisture may be trapped between the glass and the paint, causing it to swell and peel off. To ensure adequate ventilation in your home, consider installing ventilation fans or dehumidifiers, or opening windows periodically to allow fresh air into the space. In addition, consider adding screens or window tinting that blocks direct sunlight from entering. This can reduce moisture build-up while simultaneously cutting your energy costs by preventing the entrance of heat.

Age of Windows

Older windows may have been painted multiple times and the layers may not be compatible, leading to premature chipping and peeling of paint. Furthermore, older windows often contain surface imperfections or cracks which cause paint to chip off more rapidly than newer ones.

Key Takeaway

The reason why your paint-coated windows are not lasting depends on various factors, some of which we explained in this blog. By taking these into consideration, you can ensure that your paint coating will continue to last over time.

However, if you want to spare yourself from the hassle of maintaining the paint coating of your windows, powder-coated aluminum windows are an excellent long-term and low-maintenance solution that will withstand harsh elements and weather fluctuations. The process itself differs from paint, and thus it will not have the same disadvantages that painted windows do. Instead, you get to reap the benefits of having a powder-coated window that will last a long time and add aesthetic value to your building.

So, don’t settle for less than the best when it comes to your window colors. Invest in high-quality materials and proper installation to ensure that your windows look great and function well for years to come.

If you want to ensure long-lasting, durable, and high-quality windows for your home or business, consider upgrading to powder-coated aluminum windows from AMC Aluminum. Our innovative and easy-to-assemble window system coupled with our use of locally made and environmentally friendly Jaloucoat coating makes them the premier choice for powder-coated aluminum windows in the Philippines. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.