It’s arguably the hardest part of the painting process, and although patience and a steady hand will get you most of the way, there are some tips and tricks that you need to know to make window and door painting a lot easier and quicker. Here’s our guide on how to paint window frames and also door frames.
Clean & painting prep
Cleaning and preparing the windows are an absolute must if you want to have a great shiny and smooth finish. To start with remove curtains and fixtures, this will make it a lot easier to paint and ensure you don’t have as much of a clean up at the end.
To clean all the spiderwebs and dust use a sugar soap, which will give you a clean surface to paint on.
Now it’s time to lay down the drop sheets (old bed sheets will do!) under the frame so that you don’t drop any paint on the floor.
This is essential for windows and door frames where you have two different colours and want smooth lines. For windows, you’ll need to put masking tape on both the wall and also the glass.
To get straight edges when you line the tape up, push the edges down where the paint will meet the tape. For corners, use a knife to tear it for a perfect seal.
If there are any other larger parts that you need to paint around which can’t be removed, use paper towels to cover and then tape to hold it in place.
Filling in and patching
Everything gets scratches and holes after a little while – it’s just a part of being a homeowner! You can use a little bit of filler with a putty knife to fill in the hole. Then use a damp cloth to remove any excess and help to give it a smooth surface – and less sanding!
Brushes and painting
Now for the fun part – painting time! Grab an angled and dip it halfway into the paint (you don’t need a lot of on your brush) and then tap it on the bucket.
When you start to paint, go closest to the glass first so that you can make your way out, so you don’t smudge it as you go. After you’ve finished the inside, do the frame that faces the room.
Depending on the paint and the previous colour, you might need multiple coats.
Remove the masking tape slowly before the paint has completely dried. If it’s already dried, have a knife handy to help cut away the tape without peeling your beautiful paintwork.
Packing up the drop sheets, store any unused paint for touch ups and clean brushes and store them correctly to use again for your next painting project.
Do you have any tips for window frame painting? Let us know in the comments below!
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