How do I paint the backside of non removable window grids?

Becky Cruise
by Becky Cruise

I have a door with side lights (windows) with faux plastic grids that are screwed (?) in and do not appear to be removable. I have painted the grids but can see some paint from the inside that seeped on the backside of the grids. Ugh!! How do I paint the backside of the grids?

  7 answers
  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on May 17, 2020

    Hi! I think the only way would be to remove them. If they aren't glued or screwed in, I suspect they will pop out. Easy does it because sometimes they get brittle over time. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Cindy Cindy on May 17, 2020

    Hi Becky. If they are truly non-removable, you will not be able to paint the back side of your grids. Take a good luck, there might be some screws that are flush with the surface. Good luck Becky. Stay well.

  • William William on May 18, 2020

    The grids are stuck on with industrial double stick tape. Since some paint seeped behind them some of the tape has loosened. There would be no way to paint the backside without removing them. But then the paint would prevent them to be stuck back on. Only solution I have is to tape off the glass on the backside with painters tape matching the grids. Then you can paint the glass.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on May 18, 2020

    I would call the manufacturer and ask them how their grids are installed to see if you’ve any options on safely removing them.

  • Nan W. Nan W. on May 18, 2020

    Becky: the manufacture might also have same grid... that you could put on OTHER side of window.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on May 18, 2020

    In the future for others: There is a paint on material that works like masking tape. Paint it on, cut it at the edges, remove the excess on what you want to paint, then paint.

  • I always say, I am not always right though. That if it goes on it has to be able to come off. Try looking for hidden screws or a spring loaded hinge, they can be put in places out of sight.