Severe Weather Frame Finishing Instructions

Frame Finishing Instructions

This frame features a white powder coat pain that meets AAMA 2604 and salt spray requirements. This frame does not require painting. Painting of this frame voids any finish warranty.

Touch Up

Use touch-up paint to cover small scratches or nicks. Available from Western Reflections in spray cans: use part number 15915100.


Acetone based cleaning products must NOT come into contact with the frame weather seals, as they can degrade the seal.



If you choose to paint this frame

Surface Preparation

Prepare the surface scuffing both the frame and the screw covers with 120-180 grit sandpaper for proper paint adhesion.

Frame: Use uniform movements. DO NOT expose aluminum. Clean the surface with denatured alcohol. The frame should be free of any dust or debris before painting.

Screw Covers: Scuff the flat side of the cover by moving the cover in a circular motion for 5 seconds on the flat sandpaper. Wipe the debris off the cover. The cover will have a matte finish when it is properly scuffed.


The frame and screw cover are designed to accept an exterior grade alkyd paint as a top coat.

Frame: If acrylic paint is used, an adhesion promoting primer will provide increased paint adhesion. Apply thin coats, allowing paint to dry between coats to achieve the desired coverage and finish. Follow the paint manufacturer's instructions.

When painting the frame, a thin piece of cardboard between glass and outer frame is recommended to prevent paint seepage. This seepage can look unsightly from the back side of the glass.

Screw Covers: For best results, use an alkyd paint. Latex and acrylic paint may be used, but do not have as high an adhesion rating as alkyd paint. Do not use adhesion promoter.

If paint is still not adhering properly to the covers, please contact customer service for non-pigmented covers (part number 26731003 available in a box of 2500.)

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