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Materials and Tools:
80- or 120-grit sandpaper
primer and paint
painter's tape or trim guard
angled sash brush
fine steel wool
The key to painting a double-hung window is keeping the sections apart. If window sashes are removable, place them on workbench.
Protect floor with drop cloth.
Remove all hardware.
Soak hardware in vinegar-water solution to remove grime.
Scrape away loose paint with paint scraper.
Tip: Raise and lower window sections to reach hidden surfaces.
Tape glass with painter's tape or use trim guard.
Prime window sections. Use oil-based primer for metal, water-based for wood.
Caulk joints and gaps in sashes, jambs and trim. Caulk gaps between pane and sash.
Apply paint with angled sash brush.
Tip: Do not get paint in window channels.
Raise and lower sashes to reach hidden parts.
To keep window sections from sticking, apply thin layers of paint in two or three even coats. Let coats dry completely before closing sashes.
Paint jambs and trim.
Clean hardware with fine steel wool before replacing.