November 7, 2022

Your Guide to Painting Timber Window Frames

Although often overlooked in many homes, unsightly and peeling timber window frames can drastically affect how your home looks from the inside and outside. Fret not, however, as you can fix this problem easily! Upgrading your timber frame glass and repainting it can take your windows to the next level, extending their lifespan and rejuvenating your home décor. We run through a step-by-step guide to painting timber window frames for your next home improvement project.

When Should You Repaint Your Timber Window Frames?

You can repaint your timber window frames as an easy and inexpensive way to refresh how your home looks. Otherwise, a general rule for timber frame upkeep is to repaint them every 5 to 10 years, which is essential for maintaining worn frames and ensuring continued protection from weather elements. The longevity of freshly painted timber frames varies according to the sun or rain exposure your frames see. Carry out proper repainting when required.

What You’ll Need

  • Wood primer
  • A suitable paint
  • Paint pot
  • Masking tape and protection sheet
  • Sandpaper
  • Cloth and water
  • Sugar soap
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint scraper
  • Screwdriver

The Steps

1. Clean

Wipe down your frames and panes with a soft, damp cloth to remove dirt or debris. Using sugar soap will allow for a more thorough clean and cause primer and paint to adhere better to your timber frames.

2. Sand

Strip peeling parts and sand down your timber frames to remove any existing paint or varnish. Remove dust with a clean paintbrush and toothbrush, alternating the two for different areas.

3. Protect

Lay a sheet under your window if needed. Apply masking tape to the edge of your frames to prevent paint from spilling on the glass or bleeding while allowing for straighter lines. Remove any fittings like window handles to prevent paint from getting on them.  

4. Paint

Choose a colour. Go for a neutral or white tone to brighten up the space and blend in well with the rest of your house or go for a slightly brighter or darker colour than your walls for a truly outstanding statement. Apply a layer of undercoat to help your finish last longer, starting in one area before carefully working around the frame. Apply your first coat similarly and add a second coat to ensure full coverage. Remove the masking tape before your paint dries and reattach any fittings.

And with that, you’re done! Stand back to admire your freshly painted timber frames and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

Get Some New Panes for Your Frames!

Ready to paint your frames? Upgrade your windows first with some new glass panes! At Atlas Glass, our retrofit double glazing for wooden frames offers added benefits, such as improved energy efficiency and noise reduction. With freshly painted timber frames and double glazing, your windows will look good and function incredibly well. Contact our experienced team to discuss how retrofit double glazing can benefit you and receive a free quote today!

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