How to Paint Wood Windows

Wood WindowsPainting windows can be an easy project, if you know what you’re doing.  Since this is pretty easy, you probably won’t need a house painter in Winnipeg, but hey people hire service men and women for all sorts of reasons, not just because they don’t know how to do something.  If you lack time, for instance, hire someone to do this for you.  Below, we will be going over two different styles of windows and how to paint them, as well as a special section on how to open a painted shut window, also very easy to do; you just need to have the right tools to do it.

Painted Shut Windows

These windows are pretty annoying, I’ll be honest.  It happens usually over a few years’ time when the window has been painted again and again and the window is never opened.  So the layers of paint just keep multiplying until one day you try to open it, and it won’t open.  If you’ve ever gotten paint on your paint, you know that it goes from wet to sticky and then dry in a few minutes – imagine what it does to the creases in your windows!  Painted shut windows can also happen over one paint coat as well, but these are much easier to open.  So don’t fret, here is how you open a painted shut window!  The first thing you want to do it use a putty knife and try cutting the layer or layers of paint on the window.  It may take a little elbow grease such as tapping the handle with a hammer to break the seal, but it will work eventually.  On the interior and exterior side of the window there should be a small space between the sash and the tracking for the window, you can also try sliding the putty knife in this way as well to unseal the seal.  Once you get the window open, try to get the rest of the paint off of the window frame that might make it stick again and while you’re at it, you may as well oil your tracks or runners.  Don’t bother to use silicone lubricants because paint has a hard time sticking to these surfaces, instead use paraffin wax or WD40.

Painting Double Hung Windows

One of the most important things to painting any window, especially a double hung window, is to remove all of the hardware first.  This is going to make painting the window much easier, and you won’t have to paint around the hardware, which will look much better.  On top of that, you won’t have to tape the segment off or clean the hardware after you are finished.  One of the most basic rules of painting a window or anything else for that matter is to work at the area farthest away from you and then work toward yourself.  If you aren’t hiring a top house painter in Winnipeg and you are doing this yourself, the next step is to remove the upper and lower sash of the window.  This is for interior painting.  Paint the lower half of the sash first, push it up and then paint the other half.  The entire sash should be painted and almost pushed back into place – but remember to leave a small gap to allow it to dry so it does not paint shut!  Then your bottom half of the sash should be painted lowered and again, almost put into place entirely, paint the bottom and the edges.  Now you have that out of the way, you can begin to paint the actual frame of the window, Make sure that you start at the tippy top of the window and then work your way on down to the bottom of the window.  When painting any window, be careful not to paint the tracking, because this will cause a painted window and it’s going to be difficult to open up again.  Make sure you don’t shut the window yet, instead let the paint dry.  The last part of this step is to spray the tracking with something like WD40 to lubricate the tracks.  If you are painting an exterior window, this entire process should be reversed; the bottom sash is painted first.

Painting Casement Windows

Oftentimes, people won’t even bother to paint these types of windows, because it seems awkward in terms of the hardware limitations.  But, if you know what you’re doing this can be easily fixed.  If you take a look at the hardware on the window, there should be a release button; this allows you to free the window.  In most cases, the arm of the window can be pushed down, this allows the window to be opened and pops away from its tracking, which will allow you to move it forward and backyard and paint it correctly, as well as paint all of the surfaces on the window.  If you have weather stripping on your windows, try to remove the stripping when possible to get all around the window.  However, if you have stripping that is really difficult to remove, leave it as is, and try not to paint it!  If you have removed it, or you are missing any pieces or it’s really lose, be sure to replace it with new stripping, since this helps prevent drafts and leak out your hot or cold air in the home.  Make sure that when you are done painting these types of windows that you do not shut the window entirely, let the paint dry first.

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