Because the body corporate is responsible for the outside of the building, painting aluminum windows in high rise apartments can be undertaken, but there are several restrictions. Older apartments have either mission brown windows or bronze anodized windows. When renovating a more former style apartment and considering on changing the color of the aluminum windows, building firms are only allowed to change the color of the windows inside as the body corporate is responsible for maintaining the exterior perimeter windows of the building and part of their responsibility is to maintain uniformity. The body corporate can’t have owners painting aluminum windows with different colors.
The body corporate of your building is responsible for the windows maintenance and replacement when the windows are worn out. However, when they replace windows, usually, the body corporate will replace them with a modern version in the same color. If in the past construction firms wanted a different color and you felt confused if it was a quality powder coat like finish in a different color you wanted, nowadays, you have the option to source a specialist painter from any building company with two pass spray painting experience in high rise apartments. Having this experience is essential because taking out a window opening top up in upper-level apartment increases the factors you need to take into consideration to produce a quality product as a contractor.
When Painting aluminum window frames in an apartment setting, you have to consider these complicating factors which elongate the process such as: Limited space to spread out painted doors and sashes for drying. Drying windows is most prevalent on higher floors and takes longer to set up daily. And due to space restrictions, the number of men you can have working on it, especially during preparation, which is the most labor intensive part of the job can be limited. The Two Main steps in painting aluminum window frames are Preparation and Painting. Because this will affect the durability and quality of the finish, it is important to take no short cuts on the preparation stage. Preparation is where the inexperienced painter or DIY handyman falls short.
Preparation can be further broken down into several steps such as cleaning, masking and sanding and overspray protection of adjacent finished surfaces. Building material specialists always recommend that clients vacuum the window tracks before we arrive to remove any built-up layers of dust and bugs. The frames need to be thoroughly cleaned using a solvent wash technique of wiping on wax, and grease solvent washes such as Repsol on with a clean cloth then off again quickly before the water evaporates with another clean cloth. It is best if this process is done in sections because if the water dries before wiping off, then the grease and grim will remain. Sanding the window frame surface is best done by hand. The coarseness of the sandpaper will depend on the substrate and condition. It is recommended that aluminium doors and window suppliers and 24 grit be used on chalking powder coated surfaces and 60 – 80 gravel on anodized surfaces. After sanding, the surface needs to be blown off with air to remove dust and dirt. It is also best that before painting, further solvent wash must be carried out.