How to Paint Window Frames
Sometimes all a room needs is a fresh coat of paint to give the space a new life. Whether you’re painting a single wall, or the entire room, one element you should consider is how you want your window frames to work with the rest of the space. The fastest and easiest way to paint your window frames is with a paint sprayer. You’ll need to carefully mask the area first but a paint sprayer will give you a smooth even coat if you’ve prepared the surface properly.
Follow this guide from the experts at Park Road Timber and Hardware to make sure you get professional results when painting your window frames.
Useful Tips for Window Frame Painting
Clean the Area
There are a few things you should take care of before it’s time to paint. Window frames are easiest to paint when you clear the area of any curtains, blinds and their fixings. If you have a sliding window, you’ll need to remove it from the frame for painting later. Once everything is out of the way, wipe the window frame down to remove any excess dirt.
Prepare for Painting
For painting window sills or frames, it is essential that you prepare the area, saving yourself a significant amount of time when it comes to cleaning up. Before getting started, the first thing you should do is place some drop sheets or a ram board on the ground near your window. This is done to help prevent paint from staining your floor or carpet.
When preparing to paint aluminium window frames, one of the most important steps is to cover any surfaces you don’t want painted with masking tape. This includes any glass or exposed area of wall you don’t want paint to get on. By taking the time to properly prepare, you significantly reduce the chances of getting paint somewhere it shouldn’t be. For larger sections, you can take extra precautions and tape paper towels down as well.
Start with Primer
If you are painting metal window frames that haven’t been painted before, you should apply primer before you get started. With disposable gloves, a ventilator and safety glasses on, shake your primer can and apply to the frame. This gives the paint a surface it can stick to with ease. Apply several coats of primer, holding the can at least 10 centimetres away from the frame.
Use A Paint Sprayer for the Best Result
There are multiple options for painting a window trim, frame and sill, but a paint sprayer is going to give you the best results with the least effort. Again, you should wear a ventilator, safety glasses and disposable gloves before starting. Spray from top to bottom, using smooth even strokes. Once the first coat has been applied, wait 20–30 minutes. You will likely need three coats but use your best judgement. Make sure to paint the sliding window frame, too (with primer applied).
Once you have finished painting the window frame’s exterior and everything is dry, it is time to remove all the tape and any paper towels. Place your sliding window back in the frame and rehang any curtains. Now all that’s left to do is stand back and admire your freshly painted window frame!
Park Road Timber is Here to Help
If you are still unsure about the best way to paint your window frames or have any DIY questions, the Park Road Timber and Hardware team is here to help. Our experts can help you find the right paint type or colour for your next painting project.