When looking to rejuvenate interior spaces, painting wooden window frames may not be the first option that comes to mind. However, a new paint job on some tired windows can transform an interior space. Furthermore, it’s a job that any homeowner can do if the recommended techniques are followed, as our professional decorators at Scott Anson Painters and Decorators Ltd. know from years of experience.
A new lick of paint doesn’t just have to be about cleaning and freshening tired windows either. A bold colour choice can do wonders for the look of a room, adding interesting accents and creating a colour scheme to work with.
Proper Preparation is Key
Before starting any DIY job, it is crucial to protect all the surrounding areas. First, covering furniture and flooring with dust sheets is a must, as it’s impossible to predict how far droplets of paint may travel. Second, the preparation process should include sanding. Sanding down wooden window frames will ensure that there are no splinters and provide a smooth surface, guaranteeing a quality finish.
Thorough cleaning is also essential. It may be tempting to skip this step, but methodical cleaning will improve the adhesion between the wood and the paint and create a smoother finish. Finally, be sure to use masking tape around the edges to protect the walls.
Best Techniques for Painting
Once the surfaces are ready, we would advise starting the job with a primer or undercoat that’s close to the colour of your chosen topcoat for the best results, as this will give a more uniform look and keep the paint job looking good for longer.
The best way to ensure a quality finish is to make sure there is no excess paint on the brush by tapping it against the side of the pot after dipping it in. Painting in long brush strokes, start at the edges next to the windowpanes and move outwards towards the walls. It is also important to paint in one direction.
Let the Window Frames Dry Properly
While DIYers may be eager to enjoy the full effect of their endeavours, it’s important not to rush the drying process. The window frames need to be left for a long time, preferably overnight, ensuring that they are fully dry before removing the masking tape. If there are any small imperfections resulting in spots of paint on the walls, it is a simple process to cover these using a small artist’s brush.