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Painting a window can be an intimidating prospect. I know from personal experience. I was a painter for years and it was my least favorite thing to do. The main thing to remember is to take your time and paint the widows in an orderly way. Thinking about the whole process before you start is a wise thing. You should know in your own mind how you plan to tackle the whole project, step by step. This article will cover painting the most common type of window found in residential property, the double hung window.
Painting Double Hung Windows
During this process we will be talking about painting a double hung window. The first thing to do is plan the window painting for a day where the temperatures will not be cold. Obviously, you will need to leave the window open for long periods while the paint dries. Also, paint will be best applied within a certain temperature range. See the directions on the back of the paint can or consult a local professional.
Preparation always comes first when it comes to windows. Make sure to add any glazing on your window where it may need it. Hopefully your window does not need glazing because that can be tricky.
If you do need to glaze your window before painting it, then get the size you need. You will need to roll the glazing in your hand and create a long snakelike roll. Fit the piece of rolled glazing into the spot where the old glazing was. Use a putty knife to work the glazing into the proper shape. The putty will dry however you mold it so make sure you leave it exactly how you want to see it. It takes a bit of skill to use the correct amount of glazing and then work it onto the window so it looks good. It takes some finagling so donít get frustrated if it doesnít go quickly. Once the glazing is in it will need to harden before doing anything else. This will usually take 24 hours.
Before the window is painted, make sure any small holes are filled with putty, the glazing is finished, and the entire window is sanded thoroughly to remove any rough spots. Next, make sure to dust the window. Any dust on the window will be captured in the new paint. That would be bad. This is simple and takes only a quick minute but will make all the difference in the end result.
First, open the bottom sash, also the sash closest to you. Lift that towards the top of the window casing. Pull down the top sash in the back part of the window. Paint the bottom part of the top sash that you just pulled down.
Second, move the bottom sash down and the top sash up. Paint the upper part of the top sash to meet where you already parted the lower half. You will need to do these two steps in succession to make sure there are no lap marks*.
Third, paint the front of the bottom sash and the tops of the two sashes. You may also paint the frame of the window at this time.
Fourth, the last part of the window to paint will be the inside jams of the windows where the sashes slide up and down. This should be done when the widow sashes are well dried. You do not want to take any chances with the newly painted fronts of the sashes getting smeared or rubbed while the paint is not yet firm. To paint the jams simply push the two sashes all the way up or all the way down, both of them. Then paint the inside of the jam. Wait half an hour, at least, until the paint feels dry, not tacky, to the touch. Then move the sashes to the opposite end and paint the other half of the window jams.
Do not start your stroke with a lot of paint on your brush. Windows do not take a lot of paint. Painting windows is about finesse. Apply the paint just thick enough to coat the wood. Do not use too much or you may see drips forming. If you see a drip, try to fix it while the paint is wet. If you miss it, it will dry, look bad, and you may be unhappy with the result.
Use an angled brush that is 2-2 Ĺ inches in length. Use an angled bush for this project in order to get into the 90 corners. It would be wise to use a decent paint brush. A paint brush can be used over and over again as long as you wash it good when you are through. Also, try not to twist the brush as this will cause irreversible damage to it. If you are a novice painter, perhaps you should not buy a very nice brush in case you do twist the bristles and abuse the brush accidently.
*Lap marks= Lap marks can result from painting part of something, letting that dry, and continuing painting the other part at a later time. Many times, there will be a distinctive line that clearly shows where the old paint meets the new paint. These are called lap marks and should be avoided at all costs.
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