Painting Window Frames
It seems like there's always a window in need of painting, whether you're matching a new room scheme or just sprucing things up. The actual painting isn't difficult, but you should know what you're getting into before you start. If you can, remove the window frames before painting them. Newer windows are released by pushing them against their spring-loaded jambs. Don't paint the edges of windows they'll slide easier if unpainted. Older windows those with sash-cord weights are more difficult. You can paint older windows in place, but don't paint them shut.
- Remove Windows Fro m Their Frames
- Mount the Window
- Paint the Wood Next to the Glass
- Clean Excess Paint
- Paint the Flat Portions of the Sashes
Remove Windows Fro m Their Frames
To paint double-hung windows, you'll want to remove them from their frames. Newer, spring-mounted windows are released by pushing against the frame. If you have an older window, consider painting it in place.
Mount the Window
Drill holes and insert two nails into the legs of a wooden stepladder, and mount the window easel-style for easy painting. Or, lay the window flat on a bench or sawhorses. Don't paint the sides or the bottom of the sashes.
Paint the Wood Next to the Glass
Using a tapered sash brush, begin by painting the wood next to the glass. Use the narrow edge of brush and overlap paint onto the glass to create a weather tight seal.
Clean Excess Paint
Clean any excess paint off the glass with a putty knife wrapped in a clean cloth. Rewrap the knife often so that you always wipe with a clean piece of fabric. Overlap the paint onto the glass about 1/16 of an inch to create a good seal.
Paint the Flat Portions of the Sashes
Paint the flat portions of the sashes, then the case mouldings, the sill and the apron. Use slow, careful brush strokes. If you're painting with the sash in place, you'll want to avoid getting paint between the sash and frame. For casement windows, open them up completely before painting.
Move Windows While Drying
If you must paint your windows in place, move the painted windows up and down several times during the drying period to keep them from sticking. You can use a putty knife to avoid touching the painted surfaces.
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