Learning how to paint window frames can be a fantastic way to update your home. If your window frames have peeling paint or don’t offer the wow factor you want, a bit of paint can do a fantastic job. The question is, how do you paint window frames without covering the glass and wall with paint? 

At Select Painting, we can handle the work for you. Give us a call for a consultation for painting window frames or any project, big or small. 

Why Should You Paint Window Frames?

Painting window and door frames can be one of the most time-consuming and frustrating processes if you don’t know how to do so. The problem is that it takes a bit of skill and a few tips to get them looking beautiful again. Why invest time in the process?

  • It gets rid of peeling paint.
  • It adds a new layer of color or character to the room.
  • It’s an essential step in protecting the wooden window frames to maintain their value.
  • Learning how to paint window frames also gives you the ability to modernize your living space.
  • It’s a simple way to add value to your home.

No matter why you need or want to paint them, window sashes and door frames need a bit of extra attention to get them looking they’re very best. 

Handyman paints a window frame with white paint with a paint brush. Hand in yellow rubber gloves applies a glossy paint finish to window casement.

Create a Plan for Window Frames

Before you dive in and pick up a paintbrush, consider all of the design options available to you. You could go with the necessary options, such as painting the window frames the same color they are now. 

Or, you can paint them an accent color that helps create a picture frame-like look. If there’s a beautiful view outside of the windows, this is a fantastic way to show it off.

Your window frames can also be an excellent way to bring the room together. If the crown molding and floor molding in your kitchen is white, paint the window frames white as well. 

Perhaps there is a bit of blue in the cabinetry or countertop. To help bring that color through, paint the very inside of the window frames, near the glass, a blue color. You don’t have to keep everything the same.

How to Paint Window Frames

Now that you’ve decided on a color and style, the next step is to get started painting. Before you do, wash down the wood frames. Remove any material or dust. Then, follow a few tips.

Ready the Surface

It’s also a good idea to take a bit of soft sandpaper to them. You want to remove any oil-based paint or stain from the wood. Getting any “shiny” type of paint off the frames ensures a new coat of paint will stick. Be sure to get into the nooks.

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Tape the Window

No one wants to spend a lot of time peeling paint from the window panes. Use blue painter’s tape to cover any surfaces you do not want to get paint on. Taping is essential because you’ll be applying a significant coat of paint to the frame. 

Also, you’ll need to get into all of those corners easily. The tape gives you more freedom to twist and turn your brush.

Choose the Right Paint

You can choose any paint designed for wood applications. Most often, a flat or semi-gloss paint works the best. Choose a scrubbable paint, one that is cleanable even if it gets pretty dingy over time. 

The brand is less important than the quality of paint. If you choose an inexpensive flat paint, it may not offer the durability that you need. 

Apply a Primer 

Priming the window frames is an essential step in some situations. For example, if you sanded a significant amount of paint off the frame, you’ll want to add a primer. You’ll also benefit from it if you are covering up a darker color. 

The primer should go on well, covering all surfaces with ease. It does not need to be applied in a thick coat, though. Its job is to hide what’s underneath while also giving the final coat a place to adhere.

Let the primer dry overnight at least. By letting it dry overnight, it ensures the paint dries thoroughly. If you notice color still coming through after the primer, and it’s significant, you may need a second coat. Usually, a second coat is less common.

Apply the Final Coat

Once the primer dries, you can apply the second coat. With this initial coat of the final paint, work hard at getting it into the corners and on each level of the window frame. It’s important to apply just enough paint to cover these surfaces well. You do not want a build-up of paint in the corners, though. 

Use a smaller brush initially for this coat. Get into the corners, edges, and along with the interior sashes. Allow this coat to dry thoroughly before you apply a second coat. 

Finishing Up

After all of the paint dries, remove the tape and wipe down the surfaces. You may need to touch up any areas necessary.

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Removing the Window Frames

When you learn how to paint window frames, you may want a different method. It is possible to remove the window frames on some homes, paint them, and replace them. Only do this when you’re confident you can replace them with ease. 

You don’t want to break the frame or add too many additional nail holes into it as you replace it.

Getting Some Help May Be a Better Option

You can paint your window frames and door frames using this method. You can also call on a professional to help you with the work. The key to remember is that it takes a bit of time and the right amount of patience to get this task done correctly. If you don’t want to dedicate that time, turning to a pro can make things a bit easier.

For all of your interior painting needs, trust Select Painting. Our team works closely with you to minimize frustration and to create beautiful, clean looks. Ask us about how to paint window frames with our team today.