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How to: paint the windows


"How can I paint my windows? What paint do I need? Is it better to paint or stain my wooden windows? Can I also paint my PVC or aluminium window frames?" Here are the answers to your questions, broken down into four handy step-by-step plans:

  • painting wooden windows: here you will find step-by-step instructions on how to give your wooden windows a (new) coat of paint, inside and out
  • staining wooden windows: here we explain how to use stain to freshen up your windows on the outside
  • painting aluminium windows: here you can read how aluminium window painting differs from wood window painting and how to do it correctly
  • painting pvc windows: here's how to proceed if your windows are made of pvc and you would like to paint them


On this page, you will also find some general tips for painting your windows, including some top products to use!


What do you want to do? 

Paint wooden windows

Stain wooden windows

Paint or stain wooden windows? 🤔

Choosing whether to paint or stain your windows depends in part on the look you want to achieve. If, for example, you want a mirror-smooth high-gloss look, you can only go ahead with lacquer paint. If you still want to see the wood structure, turn to a stain anyway. 

There are also a few other things to consider, such as how often you should refresh the windows. With stain, this is every three to four years; lacquers can remain maintenance-free for up to 7 to 8 years. 

Finally, it is best to look at the condition of the wood itself. For completely new, untreated wood we would rather recommend a lacquer primer and lacquer paint, but for aged woodwork, we find a stain better because it is more flexible. Even if there is already a transparent layer of stain on your wood, you can finish it much more easily with a covering stain.

Paint aluminium windows

Paint PVC windows

Windows and doors?

Looking to paint your door(s) as well? Whether it's inside the house or the front door, we also have handy step-by-step guides on how to paint your doors.

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How to paint your windows

Whether you want to paint a wooden window or treat it with stain, or have a window made of aluminium or PVC... The broad outlines are the same everywhere:


Step 1: prepare the windows and surrounding area

This step mainly consists of thoroughly cleaning and degreasing the windows, possibly also sanding them a little, and applying the necessary masking material. Sometimes you also need to remove old layers of paint.

Step 2: apply an appropriate primer

This could be a regular paint primer, for wooden windows, an adhesion primer for alu/PVC windows, or a pre-treatment product for wood that will be stained. A one-pot system (primer, intermediate and final coat in one) is also often one of the options for wooden windows.

Step 3: apply the finishing coat

Even easier than with a primer, because here all that remains is to choose between a lacquer and a stain.


More details on exactly which primer and paint or stain you need for each type of window, and exactly how many coats of everything is best to apply, can be found in the more specific step-by-step plans we have listed for you above. 

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Would you rather look for the right products for your windows yourself? Then to check out our page with paint for windows and doors or have a look at our suggestions below.

Paint wooden windows

Sikkens Rubbol BL Primer 1L at Tintrio
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Sikkens Rubbol BL Primer
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Sikkens Rubbol BL Rezisto Satin
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Sigma Tigron Aqua Primer
Select your colour: White | Content: 1 l
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Sigma Tigron Aqua Satin
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Sigma Amarol Triol Aqua Satin
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Levis Expert Hout Lak Binnen Satin
Colour (Levis): Mix Colours | Content: 0,5 l
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Levis Expert Hout Primer Buiten
Content: 1 l
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Sigma Torno Aqua Satin
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Sigma Torno Aqua Primer
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Levis Simply Refresh Ramen en Deuren
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Stain wooden windows

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Xyladecor Ramen en Deuren UV-Plus - Light Oak
Colour (Xyladecor): 4020 - Light Oak | Content: 2,5 l
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Xyladecor Ramen en Deuren Dekkende Beits - Chalk
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Trimetal Silvanol Lm
Colour (Silvanol): 721 - Oak | Content: 1 l
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Sikkens Cetol Filter 7 Plus
Colour (Sikkens Cetol): 006 - Light oak | Content: 1 l
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Sigma Woodprotect Solid Satin
Select your colour: Mix colours | Content: 1 l
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V33 Deuren & Ramen High Protection - Light Oak
Colour (V33/Plastor): Light oak | Content: 0,75 l
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Paint alu windows

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Sigma Multiprimer Aqua
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Trimetal Multiprimer Aqua Protect
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Sigma Tigron Aqua Matt
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Sigma Tigron Aqua Satin
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Trimetal Permacryl Satin
Select your colour: Mix colours | Content: 1 l
Variants from €34.95 
From €38.95 

Paint PVC windows

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Trimetal Multiprimer Aqua Protect
Select your colour: Mix colours | Content: 1 l
Variants from €33.45 
From €39.95 
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Sigma Multiprimer Aqua
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From €44.95 
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Trimetal Permacryl Pu Satin
Select your colour: Mix colours | Content: 1 l
Variants from €19.95 
From €44.45 
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Sigma Tigron Aqua Matt
Select your colour: Mix colours | Content: 1 l
Variants from €20.45 
From €43.95 
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Sigma Tigron Aqua Satin
Select your colour: Mix colours | Content: 1 l
Variants from €22.45 
From €48.45