Coloured window frames are a great addition to any home, adding aesthetic appeal to your property. However, coloured frames are, unfortunately, no less susceptible to damage than plain white ones. Although uPVC is remarkably resilient and durable, it can still be scratched and pitted by mechanical means. For example, if you accidentally scrape a mortar trowel on the window frame while plastering your room, you can expect a scratch to appear.
Although this sounds worrying, especially if you’ve just invested in some beautiful coloured window frames, the good news is that it’s perfectly possible to repair the damage and restore your window frames to their original flawless state. However, the amount of damage that has been created will determine how to carry out the repair – a shallow scratch may be covered over or buffed out however a deeper scratch will require filling.
Perhaps the easiest solution, at least in theory, is to use a scratch repair pen to fill in the scratch. These pens are commercially available and allow the user to simply apply some replacement lacquer to the damaged area. Although this may sound like a simple option, though, there are some issues to consider. While this may be a good choice if you have window frames that are in an easily-matched colour, it’s far from ideal if you’ve chosen coloured window frames in an unusual shade.
Getting the correct match will be almost impossible and you could end up making your damaged window frames look worse rather than better. A scratch repair pen is, therefore, only a good choice if the damage is extremely minor, in a barely visible location and you can find a pen that is in a shade that perfectly matches your window frames.
If you run your finger along the scratch on your window frame, you’ll be able to determine whether the scratch is a light one. If it is – for example some claw marks caused by your over-enthusiastic pet cat – you may find that you can repair the damage by buffing the scratch out.
Here are a few steps to take to complete this repair:
While repairing a slight scratch may not present too many difficulties, it can be far more difficult to repair a deep scratch in your coloured window frame. In fact, it’s only possible to remove a deep scratch by sanding the window frame right down to the naked surface of the UPVC before filling the scratch and then painting the UPVC again so that the repair can be blended in. Needless to say, this can be a tricky task but if you’re keen to try it you can follow these steps:
Although it isn’t ideal to have to repair a scratch in the surface of your beautiful coloured window frames. However, with the right approach, it’s perfectly possible to restore them to their former glory.
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