If your house has old wooden windows, and you plan on painting your house soon, you need to invest a little time first in assessing and preparing your windows.
Inspect The Outside Of Your Windows
The first thing you need to do is inspect the outside of your windows. Look at the current paint around your window trim; is it peeling and cracking? If so, you need to repaint your windows not just for cosmetic reasons, but to protect the wooden frame around your window. Without a proper coat of paint, the wooden frame around your window can become damaged and rotten.
Next, you need to look at the glaze. The glaze goes directly on your window panes and fills in any cracks or gaps between the window panes and the window frame. If the glaze is loose, worn or chipped away, water can get in between the windowpane and ruin the wood around your window. It can also make your window panes loose.
Then, look at the windowsill. If it is dirty, you'll need to clean it before you begin painting.
Get Rid Of Loose Material
Now you need to use either a paint scraper or a putty knife to get rid of all loose material around your window. This includes loose paint, glaze and caulking. If any of these materials are peeling, it is best to remove them now.
Sand Your Window Frame
After you have gotten rid of all loose material, you need to sand your window frame. This is a good way to get rid of old paint, and it will also create an ideal surface for the new paint to bond with. You can sand your old window frames by hand, or use a sanding tool if you want to get the job done a little quicker.
Clean & Dust The Window Frame
Once the windows are sanded, you will need to clean the trim, windowsill and panes. Use a rag and a bucket full of soapy water to clean the trim, windowsill and panes. Use a toothbrush or similar scrub brush to get rid of any grime around the edges of the glass, around the hinges, and in any other small, tight space around your window.
Apply New Caulk
When your window is clean and dry, you'll need to apply new outdoor caulk to any windows you noticed needs some during your inspection. Use a caulking gun to apply beads of caulk along the edge of the windowsill. You want to ensure that your window is properly sealed before you repaint it; this will prevent water from damaging and rotting your window frame.
Apply New Window Glaze
If your window pane is a little loose, you may need to apply new oil-based window glaze to your window. Use a putty knife to apply the glaze around the edge of the window pane. Work slowly and make sure that you apply the glaze smoothly. Allow the glaze to complete dry and cure according to the directions on the package before you paint your windows. Keep in mind that often times, oil-based window glaze takes multiple days to cure.
Once you have completed all the steps above on each of your windows, your windows will be nice and ready for a new paint job along with the rest of your home.
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