It is not a small task to repaint wood trim around windows, but fortunately it’s one of the easiest tasks that you can do yourself. The task of repainting window exterior becomes easier if you have a single-story home or a good quality ladder.
The most important problem people face when repainting window exterior is peeling and cracking paint that creates an unsightly appearance and leaves your windows prone to damage and reduces the overall curb appeal of your windows. However, when it’s done properly, you can get an outstanding end-result and your windows will go many years without having to repeat the process.
The first step is to deep clean your window by pressure washing. Alternatively, you can use a spray bottle of multi-surface cleaner and rub the surface with a rag. This would help cleaning the dirt and grease from the surface of the window as well as from the surrounding trim. Removing the built-up dirt also allows you check the condition of the window trim before you begin scraping paint. Deep cleaning also ensures that the new paint will adhere better to the window surface.
Scraping loose paint is important since it ensures that the new coat of paint goes on well. In order to do this, you can use a paint scraper or a putty knife to scrape all loose paint. However, if you have an old house, there is a chance that there is old paint on the windows. You should be careful while scraping lead paint to avoid toxins leaching into the ground. You can also wear a respirator to avoid inhaling dust. If you have any concerns about removing old lead paint, you can consult with the professional painting contractors in Andover MA.
Priming is important when repainting your window exterior. Make sure you tape off the glass before applying primer. You can avoid tape if you are using latex-based paint. Keep a damp rag handy to wipe off primer that accidentally lands on the glass. You can also wait until the priming is done and then scrape it off using a sharp blade or razor.
Once the priming is done, you can apply a good coat of exterior paint on your window. In case you want to change the paint color of your trim in the painting process, you may need to apply an extra coat of paint to achieve accuracy.