Painting or Staining Door Glass Frames

Check the instructions that came with your door glass or door glass and frames kit to see if your frames require primer. If you are uncertain, please contact us and ask!

A. Glass/Frame Painting instructions: White Frames (unprimed/require primer)

  • Your frame is maintenance free and does not require painting.
  • If you choose to paint this frame follow below steps with frames at room temperature:
    • First lightly sand frames and clean with mild detergent mixed with water. Let dry.
    • Next, apply adhesion promoting primer made for use with polypropylene. We recommend: Sherwin-Williams UPO 7228 Low VOC Automotive Finishes Adhesion Promoter – clear plastic adhesion promoter, PPG SXA 1050 plastic adhesion promoter, or BASF R-M AM865 plastic adhesion promoter.
    • After primer dries, apply thin coats of an exterior grade acrylic latex paint. Let paint dry completely between coats. Apply clear top coat at paint manufacturer’s recommendation.
  • CAUTION: Apply paint in a well-ventilated area and follow all paint manufacturer's cautions, warnings and instructions.

 

B. Glass/Frame Installation: Primed Tan/White Frames

Frames are ready for painting or staining. Do not apply primer/adhesion promoter. 

1a. Painting

  • First clean with mild detergent mixed with water. Let dry. No other surface prep needed.
  • With the frames at room temperature, apply an exterior grade acrylic latex paint in thin coats, allowing the paint to dry completely between coats. Apply clear top coat at paint manufacturer’s recommendation.
  • CAUTION: Apply paint in a well-ventilated area and follow all paint manufacturer's cautions, warnings and instructions.

1b. Staining

  • First clean with mild detergent mixed with water. Let dry. No other surface prep needed.
  • Next, with the frames at room temperature, apply an opaque base coat of exterior grade acrylic latex paint. Let dry completely.
  • Apply the stain, work it into the grain with a sponge or cloth, and then wipe off the excess stain. Continue applying coats of stain until you are satisfied with appearance.
  • Apply clear top coat at paint manufacturer’s recommendation.