The reason you need painting wooden doors and windows – We all know that the third Little Pig’s house was brick, and the only one that withstood the huffing and puffing of the Big Bad Wolf. Even though that fable appears to teach the moral of modern building materials over older ones the fact is that nothing has the same look that wood does. Having wood around your exterior creates a classic look, and all you need to do in order to keep it in good condition is to brush up on staining and painting wooden windows and doors.
One of the main reasons for painting and staining, besides beautifying your home, is upkeep. You want to maintain the look of your home’s openings. This is particularly important since these areas are constantly exposed to the elements. The effects of the weather will build up over time, eventually damaging these parts of your exterior, leading to warped or rotten wood. Painting wood doors and trim and windows will protect them and prevent further deterioration.
If you’re not working on freshly installed windows and doors in your home there’s the chance that they may already be stained. You can still paint them, but more prep work will be required. The reason you can’t simply paint them immediately is not so much the stain, but the varnish. Prior to being scuffed varnish will keep primer from adhering properly. Sand the wood windows and doors first, then scuff them further using paint deglosser or mineral spirits.
Another good tip is to thin out your paint. If you’re having problems having it apply smoothly this can quickly be solved by adding mineral spirits when using alkyd paint or water if it’s acrylic paint.
Sandpaper is obviously the best tool when it comes to sanding any wood surfaces, but you should be aware that you don’t want to go any rougher than 180-grit. Also stay away from steel wool, as this can leave metal fibers behind in the wood which will eventually rust.
Pre stain wood conditioner is a product to look out for if you want to lessen the risk of ending up with a blotchy or uneven finish. Apply the pre stain before the stain, which should be followed up with an exterior-grade finishing coat such as polyurethane.
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Both of these projects are fairly labour intensive, but will also add a lot to the curb appeal of your home. Give Home Painters Oakville a call at 647-494-5545 and we’ll help you get a FREE quote for staining and painting wood doors and trim and windows!