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How To Paint Windows And Trim

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Your homes windows and trim are the jewels in the crown, if they look good and are well maintained, your home shines, if neglected or poorly painted the value of your home suffers.


Angled tip paint brushes are designed for trim and wooden windows, the angled tip allows you to apply paint precisely along a narrow strip of wood on a sash, mutton or in a tight spot. Choose a 1 to 1 ½ inch angled tip brush for painting windows.


Before you start painting your wooden windows, repair any missing or damaged glazing, sand and prime as necessary.


Start painting at the top of the window frame moving the sash as necessary to complete the entire area, and then move on to the sash itself.


Paint the sash inside out starting in the center and moving out to the edge. Painting the sash will require moving it up and down to reach all of the area, painting the sash last will prevent the sash from sticking as the paint on the frame dries.


Some people mask the glass on the sash, this is a very time consuming and tedious task, I paint the sash overlapping the paint onto the glass, then go back with a razor blade and scrape the glass area later.


This allows a full and complete bond of the paint to the wood and the glass, often removing the masking tape spoils the paint finish breaking the seal between the paint and the glass allowing moisture to undermine the paint film.


Painting Trim


An angle tip brush also works great for painting trim, 1 ½ to 2 inch brushes work best.


To paint trim start with the edges, paint the edges first and then the face of the trim, start at the top and work your way down. Use an edge guide to paint along a contrasting color, edge guides are metal or plastic tools that cover previously painted areas to protect them and allow a neat straight edge between colors.


If you need to stop in the middle of the job, place your brush in a plastic freezer bag and zip it closed. It will keep your brush fresh for several hours while you’re away.




When you’ve completed all of the painting, clean your brushes in soapy water if using latex paint or mineral spirits if using oil based paint. Rollers are not usually worth cleaning as it is time consuming and the cost of paint thinner will exceed the cost of a new roller. Remove any masking tape from doors and windows, uncover any plants or walkways you protected from drips and store away your paint.


Your leftover paint should be stored in a dry temperature controlled location indoors, do not store paint outdoors as it may freeze and be ruined. In addition the paint cans will become rusty, making it difficult to reopen the cans without contaminating the paint.


Tips for a good result


1. Preparation is the key to a good paint job. Always do a thorough job of preparing the surface, wash, rinse, sand and prime.


2. Keep it safe, move any unnecessary items out of the way and use good safety equipment, such as a respirator, safety glasses and a hard hat. Always use a good ladder or a scaffold to play it safe.


3. Use only quality paint, painting your home is a lot of work, using good quality paint will minimize problems down the road.


4. Take your time, a rushed haphazard job will look bad and fail quickly. A good well done paint job will last many years!


Mike, The Home Depot Answer Man


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Posted 2016-01-04T20:18:52+0000  by Mike_HD_OC Mike_HD_OC