Painting windows can be a challenging task. Windows get a lot of wear and tear from being opened and closed frequently. It’s just a matter of time before they blister and chip due to constant exposure to the sun and various other weather conditions. In addition, windows have quite a number of separate pieces that need to be considered when painting. You will have to paint the muntins, sills and sashes without painting the panes. The secret to painting windows lies in the preparation. Here are 5 tips that will help make painting windows easier:
1) Wash, scrape and sand any worn or damaged spots. Wash the window with a solution of Trisodium Phosphate (TSP). You will need to use a scraper to remove all the loose paint being without scratching the glass. Regardless of the window’s condition you will need to sand the finish to remove the sheen from glossy paint. This allows the new finish to adhere to the window.
2) Fill in any holes. You can use caulk to fill in any gaps between Sash Window Repairs Kent the window and wall, but make sure you use wood putty on the window itself. Apply the wood putty with a putty knife and smooth with the flat of the knife.
3) Don’t paint between the frame and the sash. If you paint that crack between the frame and the window sash you will not be able to open your windows when the paint dries. If possible, it is best to remove the sashes and paint them separately. If you are leaving the sashes on, use painters tape to mask the panes and the walls.
4) Paint the muntins first. If the windows have munitns, which are the thin strips of wood that separate panes, paint them first. Don’t paint the tracks of the window. If you are not using a tinted primer you may need to apply two coats of paint.
5) Address any mistakes quickly. After you remove the masking tape be sure to remove any excess paint. Starting at the right side of the window put a utility knife along the edge of the paint and pull it toward the left side of the window. Next use a razor to edge off the line of paint that was left by the utility knife.