When it comes to your home and curb appeal, nothing is a more noticeable fix than repainting window trim. If you have a single-story home or feel comfortable on a ladder, this is an easy and safe job that can save you money. If done properly, it’s not something you’ll have to worry about for many years.
First, give your windows a good wash, either with a pressure washer, or some old-fashioned elbow grease. Removing the built up grime allows you to see the condition of the window trim and provides a better surface for the paint to adhere to. After a good wash, scrape and remove all the loose paint, caulk, and glazing. Anything that’s lifting away from the trim can be scraped or peeled away.
When you’ve finished scraping the trim of the window, sand all the painted surfaces. This step ensures that your new paint will go on smoothly and prevents any future lifting. be sure to carefully dust the windows after sanding, and if you’re dealing with particularly damaged window trims, a second or third round of sanding may be helpful. Before painting, repair any damaged caulk or glazing.
Tape off the glass before you start priming. Any paint that does find its way to the glass can be scraped up with a razor blade when the paint is dry. Try to be very neat when working along the edges of the glass. When the primer is dry, follow up with a coat of exterior paint. If you’re changing colors, be sure to apply two coats. After peeling away the tape, clean up any rogue paint with a razor blade and a damp cloth.
Give the windows one last wipe down to clean off extra oils or stray paint and then give yourself a pat on the back.
If you’re looking to replace your windows rather than just repaint window trims, call us today!