How To Repaint Your Wooden Window Frames

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If you have window frames that are faded, cracked or chipped, they can make your home look older than it is. A new paintjob on your older window frames can make a big difference in improving the overall look of your home. It's also possible that you have the idea to paint a room with a new trendy color, but aren't quite sure about it. Trying this new color out first on your window frames is a great way to get a sense of whether it would look good on the walls of an entire room. Also, a colorful window frame can add the perfect color burst to a room. It's fairly easy to paint a window frame, but you do need to make the proper preparations first.

What You Will Need

Step 1. Use a scraper to completely remove any flaking or chipping paint. Remove any dirt or dust the window may have on it using a sponge and soapy water. Let the window completely dry.

Step 2. With a putty knife, apply a wood filler or putty to fix small holes or cracks in your frame. Follow the manufacturer's recommended drying time for the filler you're using.

Step 3. Use sandpaper (preferably medium grit) to sand down your window frame. Do this until the surface is as smooth-textured as possible. Remove any debris caused by the sanding with a tackcloth.

Step 4. Use a paintbrush with a tapered sash to paint the section of the frame that is right next to the glass. When applying the paint, ensure the narrow edge of the brush faces toward your window frame. Permit your paint to slightly overlap onto the glass (around 1/16 of an inch) to prevent condensation which can cause peeling paint.

Step 5. Now wrap a rag around your putty knife and hold it in place. Use the knife to remove excess paint from the glass. Make sure to use the rag's clean side every time you attempt to remove any excess paint.

Step 6. Use a paintbrush to apply interior paint to your window sashes, adopting a technique of even, slow strokes as you paint. The paint should dry for at least 24 hours. If the sashes can't be removed, raise and then lower them so that you are able to reach any crevices or corners. Also, if removing the sashes is not possible, make sure you avoid allowing paint to get between the window frame and sash. This can make it very tough to open the window after the paint has dried.

Step 7. Paint the remainder of the window frame in the following order:

For a Double-Hung Window

For a Casement Window


Speak with a home remodeling expert for more advice.