al miller

03:10PM | 05/18/99
My wife and I just recently moved into a rental house. It was given a pretty shoddy paint job inside the house before we moved in. Our problem is that we cant seem to open and close our windows in humidity and heat- due to the shoddy paint job. Any suggestions? please email

David, Moderator

09:44PM | 01/10/14
Member Since: 11/15/13
174 lifetime posts
This becomes a problem especially with older windows after being painted many times.
If the window does not open, use a sharp utility knife and score down where the window meets the parting strip. May take several passes. This will release the window.
To do this properly it is best to take the whole window assembly apart. That would be a lot to share in one post.
Here is a solution which will help.
I am assuming these are old wooden windows.
Leave the window in the closed position. Use a 1" paint scraper to scrape excess paint from the back of the parting strip and sand smooth.
Score the paint (reference above) Raise the window up into open position. May be a little tough going.
Scrape the parting strip ( as above)on the bottom half of the window and sand.
Thanks for stopping by
Good luck


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