How to paint your window frames

How to paint your window frames

It's very likely that you've lived in your home for a few years now. After settling in, things tend to give in to wear and tear. This can be especially true for your wooden window frames; the weather can be harsh on it too.

There comes a time when you need to spruce up your window frames. That way, your property will maintain its curb appeal.

Read on to find out how to paint your wooden window frames.


The materials needed

Whether you want to keep your windos frames' current color or you want to switch things up, make sure you choose a high-quality exterior primer and paint. Consider using one with a semi- or high-gloss finish, as these are more durable and easier to clean.

Other materials you'll need to include:

  • Paint scraper
  • Sandpaper (medium to fine grit)
  • Painter's tape
  • Drop cloths or plastic sheeting
  • Putty knive
  • Exterior wood primer
  • Exterior paint
  • Paint brushes (various sizes)
  • Paint tray
  • Stir sticks
  • Optional: safety gear

Choose the right day: paint on a dry day with moderate temperatures and low humidity to ensure the best results.
Quality paint: use high-quality exterior paint designed for wood. This will provide better protection against weather and wear.
Ventilation: ensure good ventilation while painting, especially indoors, to avoid inhaling fumes. 


Remove old paint

Usa a paint scraper to remove any loose or flaking paint. Be careful not to damage the wood.

Sand the surface
Sand the window frame to smooth out rough areas and ensure a good surface for the primer and paint adhere to. Use medium grit sandpaper first, followed by fine grit for a smoother finish. A power sander can speed up the process.

Clean the frame

Wipe down the frame with a damp cloth to remove dust and debris from sanding. Allow it to dry completely.

Repair and fill:

Inspect for damage
Look for any cracks, holes, or damaged areas in the wood.

Fill holes and cracks
Use a wood filler to repair any imperfections. Apply the filler with a putty knife and smooth it out. Let it dry completely.

Sand again

Once the filler is dry, sand the filled areas smooth to match the rest of the frame.


Protect surrounding areas:

Tape and cover

Use painter's tape to mask off the glass panes and any areas you don't want to paint. Cover the surrounding areas with drop cloths or plastic sheeting to protect from paint splatters.


Prime the frame:
Apply primer

Use a high-quality exterior wood primer to seal the wood and provide a good base for the paint. Apply the primer with a brush, making sure to get info all the crevices and corners.

Dry time

Allow the primer to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions, usually about 24 hours.


Paint the frame:

TIP: which sheen to choose?
Because of the tropical climate semi-gloss is generally the best choice due to its balance of durability, moisture resistance and aesthetic appeal.
It provides sufficient protection and ease of maintenance without overly emphasizing imperfections. 
However, for maximum durability and an elegant, polished look, high-gloss is an excellent option, especially if the window frames are in good condition and well-prepared.

Stir the paint

Stir the paint thoroughly to ensure even color and consistency.

Apply paint

Use a brush to apply the paint, starting with the edges and corners, and then moving to the larger surfaces. Apply the paint in long, smooth strokes, following the direction of the wood grain.

Allow the paint to dry and apply at least two coats of paint for a durable finish.


The finishing touch

Well done! Carefully remove the painter's tape, clean the area and the brushes and enjoy the results.

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