interior and exterior painting windows

Complete Guide To Painting Windows (Interior and Exterior)

Any advice applied to carpentry work can be perfectly applied to window frames. What we must keep in mind when working with windows is the care and insulation of the glass. Also all types of hardware, fasteners and locks, some may be wood and other frames may be wrought iron.

painting interior windows

Window paint is also subject to large fluctuations in temperature and humidity due to condensation. There is also the detail that the windows must move freely when the work is completed. In this article, we will show you a do-it-yourself that includes recommendations for getting the best window painting job with the least amount of time and effort.

How to Paint Your Window of Different Materials?

First of all, we must consider the color we will apply to the window frames. This will depend on the type of window pane, the material of the structure, the color of the surrounding walls and/or the gloss we want to give to the space.

A white coat of paint would have a glossy effect and will not draw attention away from the walls with special features such as a gotelé or lush wallpaper. As a main recommendation, it should be taken into account that when it comes to interior decoration, it is best to choose a lighter shade than the walls; this will help your windows become a focal point within your room without being too flashy.

Is a more colorful style more appealing? Painting the windows the same color as the walls can be quite an eye-catching and exotic idea as it will make the spaces look much larger and wider with no dividing lines.

Types of Paint According to the Type of Windows

The windows can be painted with different types of paint, everything will depend on the material in which they are made, these could be of: wood, iron or plaster, among other possibilities. Besides, nowadays paints come in a huge variety of colors to customize any corner.

Wood Window Paint

If the windows are made of wood, you can use wood varnish or enamels. These come in a variety of stunning colors, from glossy colors to matte finishes. You can also give it a vintage finish with chalk paint, which creates beautiful matte finishes and simulations.

Plaster Window Paint

If the window frames are made of plaster, plastic paint. This type of paint can also come in a variety of colors.

Paint for Iron Windows

If the window frames are made of iron, iron windows can come in different types of treatment such as wrought iron, smooth or hammered. These types of materials are resistant to weather, temperature changes, humidity, heat, and are very durable. This type of material can achieve different finishes with paintings with effects such as aged copper or rust effect for more extravagant tastes.

masking exterior windows before painting

Necessary materials to paint interior windows:

Among the materials needed to perform this fun task are the following:

  • Paint (depending on the material of the interior window).
  • Paper masking tape
  • Primer
  • Brush
  • Metal sandpaper
  • Cleaning rags

For personal safety, it is ideal to have an apron, old clothes, gloves and goggles.

How to paint exterior window frames? The steps you should follow

Now we will explain step by step what you need to do to complete this project:

Step 1: Cleaning the windows

To start painting the windows it is necessary to clean the surface well, remove the glass, especially if the windows are the old model of crank type shutter. This is the fundamental step for all types of windows to be worked on.

Step 2: Preparation of each type of exterior window frame prior to painting

Wooden windows: Sand the window frame with medium grade sandpaper and thoroughly remove dust. Be sure to wear goggles while performing this step. Once the sanding is finished to remove imperfections, chips and disjointed paint residue then process to clean with a damp sponge, do not place soap just wipe the cloth to remove dust especially from the corners.

Plaster windows: This step is the same, with a fine grain sandpaper.

If the exterior window is made of iron: Sand with fine 220 grit sandpaper to avoid any rust that may be present and wipe with a cloth to remove dust, grease or any contamination, especially if the windows are crank glass shutter type, which are the most complicated due to their many details.

NOTE: If the exterior windows have any type of aluminum or plastic wire frame to prevent insects from entering, it must be removed before performing step 2.

Step 3: Insulate or mask off the work area.

Tape along the edges of the windows to ensure a clean line. If you want to be extra cautious to avoid messing up, you can also tape the newspaper in case the glass cannot be removed. Between coats, it is recommended to remove and reapply the masking tape to prevent the adhesive from removing the paint from the edges. In case the exterior windows are crank windows, place newspaper or masking tape on the side opposite to where you are painting and when you are done with that side do the same but on the painted side to continue the unpainted side.

Step 4: Applying Paint to the Windows

Depending on the type of material the window is made of, a different type of primer should be used. In any case, it will help to fix the paint better. It should be applied in the same way as the paint, a thin coat with a brush.

Once the primer is dry, it is time to start applying the paint, always working in the same direction. Apply paint to the main frame, then to the opening frames. It is recommended to leave the window open to dry completely without damaging it.

Step 5: Recommended second coat

Once your first coat has dried, apply the second gloss of paint, just as you did in the previous step. Remove the masking tape once finished and allow the paint job to dry. Just be careful not to get paint on the glass when you paint the window along the edge.

Final Recommendations when painting a window:

Before you begin, it is advisable to check the windows for signs of the horrible mildew. Windows take a lot of wear and tear, and because they have to withstand rain and sunlight, they can be a breeding ground for mold. If you see signs of mold or are unsure, it’s best to clean them with a fungicidal wash, before you start painting.

With the cleaning and inspections almost complete, it’s a good time to give the area a good cleaning. Use a vacuum to remove paint chips, sanding dust or dust from the smaller nooks and crannies and around your window frames, and then use the damp sponge to remove any remaining contaminants.

Stand back and enjoy the end result, all in just one day! I bet you can already see the neighbors out the window looking jealous!