How to Paint Windows: Tips from the Experts

Now that warmer weather is approaching, you are probably starting to think about home renovations. This could include everything from landscaping to how to paint windows.

This article will provide tips from experts on how to paint your Oakville windows. Sometimes a simple coat of window paint can do a lot to spruce up the appearance of your home!

How to Paint Windows: What You Need

  • Primer
  • Exterior paint
  • Window Glazing Putty
  • Paintbrushes
  • Caulking Gun
  • Putty
  • Sturdy Ladder
  • Multi-purpose cleaner
  • Scraper or putty knife
  • Clean, dry rags
  • Sandpaper
  • Tarp

How to Paint Windows Frames:

  • Thoroughly clean the windows

After placing a tarp on the ground to protect it from paint and/or residue, clean the exterior of your windows with a clean, dry rag and window cleaner. A pressure washer can be used if readily available. 

Cleaning the windows will remove any dirt and grime that will prevent the fresh paint from sticking to the window frame renovation. While you are cleaning the windows, check to make sure they are still fully functional. Make any necessary repairs or opt for a total window replacement if needed.

  • Remove chipped paint, glazing, or loose caulking from the window frame

In order for the new paint to glide on smoothly and cleanly, it is first necessary to remove any loose caulking, excess glaze, or chipped paint from the window. Do so, carefully use a scraper or putty knife to scrape away any of the above. Take care to check if the paint contains any lead, especially with older homes. It is always a good idea to wear a mask to protect your lungs from dirt, lead paint, dust, and other debris.

  • Sand the surface before priming and painting

In order for your windows to look neat and trim, you will need a smooth surface. Sand the surface to even out the areas that you scraped in step 2. This creates a smooth canvas for both the primer and paint to adhere properly

  • Clean the surface once more

Use a dust brush or clean, dry rag to remove any dust from Step 3.

  • Make any necessary repairs to the window glazing or caulking

This step may delay the actual window painting, but this is the best time to resolve any issues with window caulking and or glazing. It only takes a few minutes and caulking typically dries in a few hours. If you need to touch up the window glazing, this could deter the painting process a bit but is well worth the wait.

  • Apply the primer to the window frame

First, tape the window glass to keep primer and paint from getting on the window glass. Carefully apply a coat of quality primer around the surface of the window trim. Use a clean, damp rag to remove any primer that goes on the window glass. Or wait until it is dry and carefully scrape it off. Make sure the primer is fully dry before moving onto the next step. 

  • Paint the window frame

Ensuring that the primer is fully dry, apply a coat of exterior window paint to the window frame. If a second coat is needed, allow the window to dry fully before applying. 

  • Remove excess paint

Use a putty knife or scraper to chip away any excess paint once the window is completely dry. Then use a damp rag to clean the window glass to get rid of any fingerprints, dirt, or other debris.

Need more tips on how to paint windows? No worries, TH Windows and Doors Oakville will gladly assist you, see our work. Call us today for advice on the window or door painting, repairs, or replacement!