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    Anyone with expereince of UPVC filler ?

    A few years ago one of our internal UPVC frames was damaged with some paint stripper and it was repaired by our insurance company free of charge using some kind of filler. I have just noticed this morning while replacing the blind used at the window that the filler has discoloured, this isn't just a small patch of discolouration, it is in fact rather large as the entire area around the damage was slathered in the filler and then sanded. As for the actual areas that were damaged there are also cracks around the larger indents that were filled.

    I have not contacted our insurance company yet as I am sure if I did they would just say the repair was only guaranteed for one year but I am curious if anyone has experience with this filler stuff that can advise...
    1. Is the decolouration over time normal ?
    2. What is the average lifespan of such repairs before the filler starts to fail?

    Basically what I am trying to find out is if this was bad luck or expected after a few years because if its the latter and I can prove this then I can claim it wasn't repaired properly as we have a new for old insurance policy.

    On a final note the frames have only ever been cleaned using UPVC cleaner as supplied by the original fitter.

    Thank you in advance for any assistance

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    got any pictures? that would help? would probably say any filler style product will eventually discolour have you tied scraping or sanding it down?

    I haven't heard of new for old on buildings insurance before.

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    I managed to find a half sheet of 2500 grit and had a go at sanding it but it sadly isn't just the top layer of filler that has discoloured. I guess I'm going to have to remove the old filler and redo it, if I had know this was going to happen I would have paid the £50 excess and demanded the panel be replaced, kind of begs why I'm paying £360 a year new for old policy.

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    Argoj

    I haven't heard of new for old on buildings insurance before.



    It's a combined buildings / contents insurance.

    Could you put a strip of plastic around to cover l? It's cheap as chips for long lengths and so many different sizes available, should be able to find something that fits OK. If the side is damaged then run strips up either side to match so it won't be very noticeable. Other option would be to buy upvc paint. I would prime and use some spray paint myself, so it don't show the brush marks but the sun and heat may cause this to want doing every few years. If it really bugs you then get window replaced.

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    wayners

    Could you put a strip of plastic around to cover l? It's cheap as chips … Could you put a strip of plastic around to cover l? It's cheap as chips for long lengths and so many different sizes available, should be able to find something that fits OK. If the side is damaged then run strips up either side to match so it won't be very noticeable. Other option would be to buy upvc paint. I would prime and use some spray paint myself, so it don't show the brush marks but the sun and heat may cause this to want doing every few years. If it really bugs you then get window replaced.



    Replacing it would be rather extreme it's just the internal cross beam separating the top and bottom panels. Insurance company didn't want to know so have left a message with the original fitter to see if possible to replace just one panel, if not I'll just have to sand it out and refill.

    If you want to fill maybe this will do it. Easy to use. Milliput Epoxy Putty, Superfine White amazon.co.uk/dp/…2E6

    When our back door was put in , the fitter damaged part of the UPVC door surround , we let him use a filler to fix, but it had discoloured within the first year. Should have made him replace it at the time, but the filler looked perfect when first done, luckily just a little bit so not really noticable to anyone else.

    I had a upvc plastic suround my window which had plastic weld around the window. I had to cut it off to replace the window ledge as it was welded to that aswell great idea

    I had a upvc plastic suround my window which had plastic weld around the window. I had to cut it off to replace the window ledge as it was welded to that aswell great idea

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    tinkerbellian

    When our back door was put in , the fitter damaged part of the UPVC door … When our back door was put in , the fitter damaged part of the UPVC door surround , we let him use a filler to fix, but it had discoloured within the first year. Should have made him replace it at the time, but the filler looked perfect when first done, luckily just a little bit so not really noticable to anyone else.



    Exactly the same here once the "repair" was finished other than a mild lingering solvent smell there was absolutely no sign of a repair. Given UPVC windows are custom fabricated to fit, such a design should make it easy to replace one section of the interior frame.... I guess I'll find out when our fitter decides to start replying to his voice mail messages.

    Original Poster

    wayners

    If you want to fill maybe this will do it. Easy to use. Milliput Epoxy … If you want to fill maybe this will do it. Easy to use. Milliput Epoxy Putty, Superfine White https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002CNEWAM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_1M9Ayb997S2E6



    That's not for UPVC repairs... this is
    weiss-chemie.com/htm…=31
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