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Of all the wood work in the home, windows suffer the most wear and tear. Constant exposure to temperature changes and condensation means that windows often need to be painted more frequently than doors, moldings and trim. Unfortunately, the process involved in painting windows can seem quite involved. To simplify things, here are some window painting guidelines that can save you time, money and effort.

Start by gathering the right tools for window painting:
A screwdriver
A 1 1/2" or 2" quality brush
A paint scraper (for removing loose or peeling paint)
A cutting-in brush (for precision work)
Spackling paste (for patching nicks, dents, cracks, etc.)
A paint shield or masking tape
A putty knife (to apply the spackling paste)
Primer (for priming any unpainted areas)
Sandpaper (for sanding rough, uneven or glossy areas) Enough paint to complete the job.

First, remove locks, curtain hooks and other hardware from the windows. This will speed up your work and produce a better looking paint job.

Before starting to paint, repair any damage to the window and properly prepare the surface. This can be done by scraping off old paint, then sanding, and priming any spots where bare wood shows. (Your salesperson can give you more advice on what surface preparation maybe needed.) You should also plan to paint the windows early in the day so they have enough time to dry before you close them in the evening.

If you have a steady hand, you can keep paint on the frame and off the glass by using the cutting-in brush. Otherwise, you can either use a paint shield or use masking tape. Be sure to press the tape firmly to the glass to keep excess paint from creeping beneath it.) If masking tape is used, it should be removed before the paint dries to a hard film.

To paint double-hung windows, follow this six-step procedure:
1. Raise the bottom sash and lower the top sash most of the way, so there's a 6" overlap. Paint the
bottom horizontal section of the top sash, then the accessible vertical members. Use care to keep
paint from getting in between the sashes and the window frame, which can "glue" the window in
2 Nearly close the upper and lower sashes, then finish painting the rest of the top sash.
3. Paint the entire bottom sash.
4 After allowing the sashes to dry, paint the window frame.
5. Close the windows and paint the exposed parts of the runners. If your windows have sash cords,
avoid getting paint on them
6, Paint the window sill and apron.

If your home has any casement windows (windows that open out or in, rather than up or down), follow these steps:
1. Open the windows and paint the top, side and bottom edges.
2 Paint the crossbars and frame casings.
3. Complete the job by painting the sill and apron.

No matter how good these tips are painting windows is not easy. It takes an apprentice painter four years to complete training and graduate after extensive testing, to journeyman painter status. Most "so called" painters employed by the average contractor are not qualified to paint these types of windows and do a sloppy job. That is why you should consider calling McPherson Quality Painting for a professional hassle free job.


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