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If you have windows with removable sashes, remove the window and paint on a sawhorse or workbench. Always begin at the center and work your way out. This ensures a wet edge on all surfaces so you have a smooth transition and no lap marks. If you paint the window trim and frame first, these areas will be tacky by the time you finish painting the sash.

Use the following sequence
  • Begin painting the wood nearest the glass using an angled sash brush.

  • Paint the rails of the sash

  • Paint the windows frame and casing

  • Paint the exterior windowsill

It's best not to paint the edges of the sash, as these tend to stick to the frame. Even a little paint on the edge of the sash can cause windows to stick shut. Instead, use a clear penetrating wood sealer to prevent moisture entering the sash.

To form the needed moisture seal between the glass and the sash overlap the paint by about 1/16 inch on to the glass. Mask the glass before you paint and use care and plan to sue a razor scraper after the paint has dried. You can also use a trim guard to protect the glass. Be careful not to let the masking tape on too long as it may bake on to the glass and become next to impossible to remove.

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