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How to paint window frames and door frames

By Kirstine Pedersen

Updated: July 4th, 2018

Painting doors and window frames can be tricky if you're not a professional painter. Read on for some expert tips.

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Painting window doors and frames is seen by many to be the toughest part of the painting process. So if you’re struggling with this, don’t worry – everyone else is too! Patience and a steady hand definitely help, but there are tips and tricks that you can can use to make window and door painting a lot easier and quicker.

Here’s our guide on how to paint window frames and door frames like a professional painter decorator.

Proper painting preparation

First things first, kick off by putting the proper prep work in. Cleaning and preparing your windows is an absolute must if you want to achieve a flawless finish. To start, remove all curtains and fixtures to make the painting process easier and save yourself a lengthy clean up post-paint.

To clean any spiderwebs and dust, use your favourite cleaning solution. This will help you achieve a sparking clean surface to paint on.

Remember to clean the top of the window sill, an area where a lot of dust tends to accumulate.

Finally, it’s time to lay down drop sheets (old bed sheets will do!) under the frame so you don’t spill any paint on the floor.

Masking tape

Masking tape is essential for painting windows and door frames where you’re using two different colours. To achieve truly smooth lines for windows, put masking tape on both the wall and also the glass before starting.

To get straight edges when you line the tape up, push the edges down where the paint will meet the tape. For corners, use a knife to tear the tape for a perfect seal.

 When removing the masking tape afterwards, rip off slowly at an angle before the paint completely dries up. Otherwise you may accidentally rip off some paint too.

If there are any larger parts you need to paint around which can’t be removed, use paper towels to cover and tape to hold it in place.

Filling in and patching

Every paint job can get worn and torn over time. For any scratches, apply a bit of filler with a putty knife to fill in the hole. Use a damp cloth to remove any excess and help to give it a smooth surface – and less sanding!

Brushes and painting

Now for the fun part – it’s time to get stuck into the actual painting. Grab an angled paintbrush and dip it halfway into the paint (you don’t need a lot of on your brush) and then tap it on the bucket.

Paintbrushes and paint

When you begin painting, start with the area closest to the glass first and work your way out. This helps to prevent any accidental smudging as you paint. After you’ve finished the inside, paint the frame that faces the room.

Depending on the type of paint and the old colour, you may need multiple coats for a smooth finish.

Cleaning up

Time for the not so fun part. Remove the masking tape slowly before the paint has completely dried. If it’s already dry, have a knife handy to help cut away the tape without peeling off any of your beautiful paintwork.

Pack up your drop sheets, clean your brushes, and store any unused paint and brushes for future touch-ups or your next painting task!

Do you have any tips for window and door frame painting? Let us know in the comment section below. 

Looking for assistance with painting projects or general home repair? Connect to a number of people offering expert painting decorator services in London today.

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