Schedule a Free Consultation

The Do’s and Don’ts of Painting Renewal by Andersen® Windows

Renewal by Andersen® replacement windows feature frames and sashes made of Fibrex® material, which does not require repainting throughout its lifespan. However, at some point, your remodeling project may require that you get a new color for your windows. Replacement windows and patio doors company, Renewal by Andersen of Des Moines, discusses the do’s and don’ts of repainting our windows.

DO: Check Your Warranty Coverage

No matter the manufacturer, the warranty coverage is the first thing you should check before you decide on painting your windows. Today’s replacement windows, ours included, have separate warranty coverage for factory-applied coatings. Painting or staining the windows are typically not part of the warranty coverage and may even void it.

DON’T: Paint the Parts That Shouldn’t Be Painted

If you have ultimately decided that your Renewal by Andersen windows should be painted, keep in mind that certain parts should not be painted. These include:

  • Accessories, including weatherstripping, gaskets and silicone beads
  • Surfaces that slide against another surface, such as under the sliding window tracks
  • Hardware, including hand cranks, operator arms and locks

Note that certain colors and finishes are not suitable for painting over, including Cocoa Bean, Black, Forest Green, Red Rock and Dark Bronze. Also note that our French and sliding door frames and sashes are not made of Fibrex material and may be subject to a different set of restrictions.

DO: Prepare the Windows Before Painting

In addition to preparing your work areas and having the right tools, you should prepare the windows for painting. Certain window styles have removable or tilt-in window sashes designed for easy cleaning, which can also make it easier to paint them. Before applying paint, lightly sand the frames and sashes using fine grit sandpaper or steel wood, being careful not to scratch the glass. Use a fast-drying alkyd primer in a neutral color, such as KILZ®, and let it dry before applying the first outer coat.

DON’T: Test the Windows Too Early

Make sure the painted surfaces are 100% dry before closing and opening the windows as operating it prematurely may damage the paint finish. Since the window will be open for some time as it dries, you may want to turn off heating or cooling for these specific rooms to minimize energy loss. If anyone in the family has pollen allergies, you will want to wait until late spring until the pollen count in the area settles.

Renewal by Andersen of Des Moines is your number one provider of replacement windows and exterior doors. Give us a call at (515) 209-3000, or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Des Moines and surrounding areas.


"I wanted to drop you all a note of Thanks for the window and door installation you did on my home. I was so impressed by the quality, care and professionalism of your entire team. Everything you said during our first sales meeting happened exactly as you indicated. I felt like I was amongst family. You have a great business and staff and do excellent work. I’m enjoying my new windows and doors tremendously, Thank you!"

Kathy M. - Clive, IA
November 2003

View All Reviews