Whether you’re trying increase your home’s curb appeal or simply think there are too many chips in the paint, your exterior window frames can always use some new paint, providing your home’s façade with a fresh look that will leave you proud. If you have a couple hours to spare, let’s get started!
Materials and Tools
Directions for Painting Exterior Windows
- Choosing a suitable trim paint: Before you start painting your window frames, find some trim paint specifically for the outdoors, so it can last longer in different weather conditions.
- Removing the old putty and paint: Scrub the area with a TSP cleaning solution before rinsing thoroughly. Then, scrape the loose window putty and paint off from around the window’s edges, brushing clean. Once you’ve sanded the wood smooth, brush the exposed wood using linseed oil, which will help the fresh putty adhere. Now, roll the new putty into a narrow tube shape, pressing it into bare spots. Pull your putty knife down it to make a sloping, flat surface, and then slide a wet finger down the putty in the opposite direction, removing small imperfections.
- Allowing the putty to dry: Once you’ve applied new putty, open your window and pull down its top until it’s roughly three inches from the sill. Push up the bottom sash until it’s roughly three inches from the window frame’s top. Now, let the putty dry as per the manufacturer’s directions.
- Painting the sash: First, prime bare wood if there is any, starting with the window’s muntins. Continue by painting the horizontal parts and then the vertical parts, which should provide you with neat results, as brushstrokes running against the grain are covered by those that aren’t. Also, don’t fret about a little paint getting on the window glass—wait until it has dried and then scape off excess with a single-edged razor blade.
- Painting everything else: Move the sashes back to their regular positions before painting what was unreachable previously. Once those parts are painted, open your window somewhat, leaving roughly a one-inch gap from the bottom and top. Move your sashes several times while the paint is drying to prevent sticking.
- Painting jambs and stops: Now, paint the jambs and stops, but avoid painting the tracks that the window moves in—paint buildup may lead to the window jamming.
- Painting window casing’s face: While painting your window casing, cover the nearby siding using painter’s tape.
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