Painting exterior windows can be a challenge but it takes just a few easy professional techniques to make the job sail right along and before you know it you are done and by gosh……IT’S BEAUTIFUL!!… My technique for painting exterior windows is to take it one step at a time in a logical order and that works pretty well for me. Let’s start with the first thing I do. I gather up all the tools and equipment I am going to need for the job.
Tools Needed For This Job Are;
- Soap and Water
- Sand Paper
- 2-inch Sash Brush…Sash Brush is a brush with an angle on it to make it easy to paint windows with.
- Masking Tape
- Latex Trim Paint
- Putty Knife
- Latex Gloves
- Two-gallon pump up Garden Sprayer
- 1 gallon of household bleach
- 5 Gallon Bucket
- 1 Gallon work pot. You will use this to pour in a workable amount of paint instead of trying to work from a full gallon of paint.
- Pot hook. It will make your job a lot easier and safer if you use a pothook when you are way up on the ladder. Pot hooks can be purchased at most any hardware or local paint stores.
- Paint-can opener. A screwdriver will do.
- The next thing to do is to check the weather. A rain shower can ruin a paint job in a hurry!
When painting exterior windows mold and mildew are a real problem sometimes and the first thing you need to do after you check the weather is get rid of that. Get the 5-gallon bucket and pour 1 gallon of bleach in 5-gallon bucket then and fill with water being careful not to splash the bleach and water mixture onto clothes…Then fill up the garden sprayer with the mixture and pump it up. Bleach will not hurt most plants and flowers you may have around your house but just to be sure your plants are not hurt thoroughly wet all the shrubs and plants under the window in which you will be working.
If the window is not very high off the ground you will be able to spray it from the ground. Spray mixture on all parts of the window that you will be painting and let stand for about 5 minutes. Do not let it dry before you wash the bleach and water mixture off. Respray if necessary to keep it wet. Rinse it off thoroughly. Let that dry. by using this technique you are taking care of several problems at the same time here. As you wash off the mold and mildew you going be getting rid of all the dirt, dust and sap from the trees as well.
If it’s a second-story window now is when you will need your ladder. When painting exterior windows that are high up you want to be sure to get the job done right the first time so you won’t have to do it again for a long time. Position ladder so that it is level and you can safely work on the window without having to stretch and risk falling. Scrap all blistering and peeling paint off and then sand the window with 100 grit sandpaper of finer till you have a smooth surface. Dust off the window with a brush (maybe an old paintbrush you can use as a duster) so you will have a clean surface.