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How to Paint Old Vinyl Roller Blinds

Updated February 21, 2017

Alter the colour of your old vinyl roller blinds by finishing them with paint. Unfortunately, vinyl roller blinds will not accept primer nor paint unless they are conditioned, using a specific preparation strategy. Because they are nonporous, vinyl blinds require abrasion before they will accept adhesion. Employ the right prep techniques or expect flaking. Apply the base coat and surface finish, using the correct application technique, or the finish may dry flawed.

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  1. Take the blinds outdoors. Don't work indoors, as this may lead to a build-up of primer and paint fumes.

  2. Use a sponge to wash old vinyl roller blinds with soap. Rinse the blinds, using a hose. Allow the blinds to dry in the sun for two hours.

  3. Abrade the vinyl roller blinds to promote adhesion. Gently sand the roller blinds until they feel rough. Work slowly and carefully. Do not use over-aggressive sanding techniques, or you could damage the blinds.

  4. Apply painter's tape to portions of the roller blinds that are to remain unpainted.

  5. Coat the vinyl roller blinds with latex spray primer. Maintain 8 inches between the roller blinds and spray nozzle as you apply. Allow the blinds to dry for two hours.

  6. Coat the primed vinyl roller blinds with acrylic spray enamel. Maintain 8 inches between the roller blinds and spray nozzle as you apply. Allow the blinds to dry for two hours.

  7. Warning

    Always maintain 8 inches between the roller blinds and spray nozzle, or the finish could dry flawed. If you prime unabraded vinyl roller blinds, the finish will eventually flake. Never paint over vinyl roller blinds that are not primed, or peeling will result.

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Things You'll Need

  • Water-based soap
  • Coarse sponge
  • Water hose
  • 180-grit sandpaper
  • Professional painter's tape
  • Latex spray primer
  • Galvanised metal etching spray primer
  • Acrylic spray enamel

About the Author

Ryan Lawrence is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado. He has been writing professionally since 1999. He has 10 years of experience as a professional painting contractor. Lawrence writes for High Class Blogs and Yodle. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations with a minor in history from the University of Oklahoma.

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