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Before painting a window

By Jakob Jelling

Painting a window is one of those tasks that we often think are completely basic and do not have any special tricks, but as a matter of fact, there are some guidelines we should follow in order to do a really professional job. Windows are constantly exposed to the erosive effects of weather factors such as rain, sun, wind, and therefore might need a special attention if we wish them to continue looking good for a long time after painting them.

The first thing you should do before you paint a window is to clean it as good as possible making sure it is free of any dirt and dust. A dirty window might cause dust to get mixed with the paint and therefore the final result after you finish painting it might not be as good as desired.

Once the window is clean and dry, you should cover the details you might not want to paint, such as catches, since this will be easier than having to clean the paint later. Once you have done this, you should proceed to also cover the glass, but making sure of leaving a gap of about 1/2 cm uncovered, since this will allow you to seal the join between it and the frame.

Once your window is clean and the areas you don't want to paint are covered, you are ready to start painting. You should start from the lower area going up outside, and from the upper side going down inside. Make sure of having the floor covered under the window if you don't want paint falling on it.

If the window has cross pieces, you might want to start by painting the horizontal ones and then follow by the vertical ones. Once this is ready, you should continue by the window molding which should be the last thing you paint. Once everything is painted, you should wait until the paint is almost dry and then remove the tape you used to cover the glass. Avoid removing it when the paint is completely dry since the tape might take some of the paint with it.
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