Painting near Windows

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated May 9, 2016)

If you don't take the proper steps when painting near windows, you can easily find yourself with more work than you wanted. For example, if you would like to be able to open your windows again, there are a few precautions you will need to take. Same with if you would like to actually look through your windows without any paint in the way. To be able to avoid some of the more common issues, simply make sure that you follow these simple guidelines.

Materials needed:

  • Metal roller tray
  • Angled, natural bristle paintbrush (for best results)
  • Three inch trim roller
  • Stir stick
  • Utility knife
  • Paint can opener (or flat tipped screwdriver)
  • Drop cloth (canvas or plastic is best)
  • Paint
  • Lots of newspaper
  • Painter's tape

Procedure:

  1. Prep and tape the area. Before you can begin painting near windows, you need to properly prepare the area for your work. This means that you need to remove any and all hangings, drapes, or other items that you may have near the windows. Next lay out your drop cloth on the ground in front of the window, and begin taping off the window. The ideal way to do this is by running painters tape along the outer edge of the windows to protect it from getting any paint. You may need to apply couple of rows. Repeat the process on the inside of the windows, but this time adding some newspaper to the mix. Basically you want to tape the newspaper to the windows so that you can keep as much of the paint off of the windows as much as possible. If you have any interior trim, apply the newspaper and painters tape around it, leaving the trim exposed.
  2. Get the paint ready. Open your paint can, and stir it all together. This will help prepare the paint for the work you will begin shortly. Pour a little bit of the paint into the roller tray and then slowly roll the roller into the paint.
  3. Start at the top. Begin painting your window at the top. This will help you prevent any drips or running paint from ruining any work. In fact, you will be able to help hide any drips or runs when you do it this way. Slowly work the roller over as much of the wood as you can, though you will not be able to get everything. You will need to use the paint brush to cut in and get into the tight corners that the roller can't reach.
  4. Work the edges. Repeat the process for the sides of the windows, being sure that you don't miss anything. You may need to use the paintbrush more than before so that you can get everything.
  5. Interior trim. When working the interior trim you shouldn't have all that much difficulty since you can simply paint over the trim and not worry about getting the newspaper dirty. However, you may miss a couple of places if you don't use the paint brush to help out.
  6. Finish at the bottom. Once again, repeat the painting process at the bottom of the window. Use the roller as much as possible, and then finish up with the paint brush. Make sure that you don't paint over the edge of the window and inadvertently seal the window shut. If you do, you may want to run a utility knife along the edge to help break the seal.
  7. Repeat as necessary. Repeat steps three through six as often as necessary for multiple coats of paint. Allow enough time to pass between the coats so that the preceding coat is completely dry prior to you starting the next one.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Throwing a Block Party

Have you ever gone to a block party before? These things are simply fantastic. After all, what could be better than having a ...

Discover More

Country Cottages

Country cottages evoke a feeling of comfort and warmth, something along the lines of visiting a favored grandmother's home. ...

Discover More

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Remodeling your kitchen and replacing the existing cabinets can be a pretty expensive project for just about everyone. A less ...

Discover More

MAX Power! A powerful lithium-ion drill/driver that delivers 0-to-650 RPM and 115 inches-per-pound of torque in a lightweight, easy-to-use package. An anti-slip soft grip and LED worklight makes this tool a delight to use. Check out Black & Decker 20-Volt Cordless Drill/Driver today!

MORE HOME IMPROVEMENT TIPS

Testing for Oil or Water Based Finishes

When redoing the woodwork in your home one of the most important steps is to determine what kind of existing finish you have. ...

Discover More

Prepping Walls for Painting

Before you can get that old and tired looking room to back to its best, you need to get it ready for painting. Luckily, ...

Discover More

Painting in Tight Corners

If you are painting walls that meet in a corner two different colors, it's best to use painter's tape. But if your walls are ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments for this tip:

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 9 + 8?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

Links and Sharing
Share