DIY Black Windows

Here are three ways to affordably DIY black windows – electrical tape straight on the window, Rustoleum primer and paint in one satin spray paint and thin pvc trim like from New Panes.

You can always mix and match the different ways to apply these. For example, In my daughters room I used spray paint for the edges and electrical tape for the grids.

Here are the steps I took to spray paint my kitchen window frame –

  • Step One: Clean with an all purpose cleaner
  • Step Two: Scuff it up with 220 grit sand paper
  • Step Three: Tape off and cover 4ft around the area with plastic to protect from overspray.
  • Step Four: Apply light coats of Rustoleum primer and paint in one satin spray paint ( multiple thinner coats will allow for less dripping and a stronger hold)
  • Step Five: Remove the plastic and tape while the paint is halfway dry so that it doesn’t peel off while removing.

This is my living room where I used all electrical tape. It has been up for about a year now and even in the Vegas sun it has lasted pretty well. There is one area where it is peeling off in the corner, but that is easy to replace. If you use this method just be sure you clean the window before you apply it.


  • Can you do this on the exterior of the window? I have never tried it myself so I can’t give a good answer.
  • Do you paint the locks and turns? I do spray them from all angles. Then when it is almost dry I open and close it so it doesn’t stick together.
  • Is the paint going to peel off? From what I have done I haven’t had any issues with it yet. The paint in my living room has been up for a year and it hasn’t peeled.
  • Did you do the track of the window? I did not spray the track but, I opened the window right after I sprayed it so it wouldn’t stick and you would be able to open it with ease.

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