Window frames are vital components of your home that fill your home with sunshine in the summer. Like everything else in your home they require a little maintenance if they are to look clean and tidy.
If your window frames are looking a little grubby, why not give them a fresh lick of paint. You'll be amazed at what a difference it will make. You don't need to be a professional painter and decorator! Follow these simple steps, and your window frames will look as good as your curtains!
Step 1: Buy All Your Products
The last thing you want to do is start painting then realize you haven't got the right brush or the right amount of primer. Make a list of all the products you need and purchase everything at your local home store.
Of course, you will need a 2” paint brush, wood paint and primer. You should also have masking tape, sandpaper and a sponge. Unfortunately mould can also accumulate in your windows, so you can also purchase some special fungicidal wash if your window frames have this problem.
Step 2: Prepare Your Window Frames
Inspect your windows carefully before you do anything. If you have any signs of mould, give your window frames a good wash with special fungicidal soap. If you see any holes in your frames, fill the surface with putty and scrape off any excess.
Carefully remove any locks and handles from your window frames. The next step is to sand everything down so it is smooth to the touch. Brush the dust away then wash your window frames leaving no trace of dirt and grime.
Step 3: Apply Primer
Once your windows are immaculate, it's time to apply some primer. Primer is really important because wood is porous and has different grain variations. This means the paint is absorbed at differing rates. Primer creates a uniform surface that will enhance and improve any application of paint.
If you are changing the color of your window frames from a dark color to a light one, primer will eliminate all traces of the old color. Carefully apply masking tape to your windows then apply a layer of primer to your woodwork.
Step 4: Apply Paint
Now you can finally start painting! Have a starting point then carefully work away from this until you have covered all surfaces. Make sure you don't apply too much paint by wiping off any excess paint before you paint the surface.
When you have finished, let the paint dry. Repeat once again and apply another layer of thin paint which you can then leave to dry. When everything is dry to the touch, you can remove the masking tape and re-fix all handles. Take a step back and admire your handiwork!
My name is Brad, and I'm a painter and decorator in Croydon, England. I've been a painter for over 10 years run my own company in South London and Surrey. I am passionate about painting and love helping people improve and enhance their homes.