Bob Vila Radio: Painting Windows

By Sarah Monzon & Bob Vila | Updated Jan 6, 2015 1:08 PM

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When you’re painting, windows are often the hardest things to get right.


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Listen to BOB VILA ON PAINTING WINDOWS, or read text below:

When you’re painting, windows are often the hardest things to get right.

Before you start, take the time to remove any hardware and clean the surface thoroughly. If you’re painting old window sash, this is the time to replace any broken panes or crumbling putty.

Use an angled sash and trim brush to paint windows. Start in the center top and work your way down so you can catch any drips as you work.  Paint the muntins first, then sash, frame, and sill.  Work slowly and carefully using uniform strokes in the same direction. Instead of using masking tape on the panes, you can just clean up the edges with a razor blade once it’s dry. Be sure to finish the job once you start to prevent lap marks.

To keep windows and doors from getting ‘painted shut’, always leave them open until the paint is completely dry.  Then try this painter’s trick:  spray on a little furniture polish, lightly wiping off the excess, to keep doors, windows, and other freshly painted surfaces from sticking.

Get more info at… and right here at home with me, Bob Vila!

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day. 

For more on painting windows, consider:

 How To: Paint a Room
Quick Tip: Painting a Room
Painting Tools and Materials