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Painting Your Business’ Windows to Enhance Their Style
A business’ windows should serve as the eyes into an attractive and appealing interior. Even more importantly, the windows should be the first thing that passersby consider when they walk past your company because they reflect the quality of your business to many customers. Without them, a building’s style is utterly lacking in a variety of ways.
Thankfully, you can contact painting contractors to paint your windows in styles that appeal to you. However, you can also try to paint your windows on your own to get gorgeous results. The process, as outlined below, is one that is very easy for amateurs to mess up, and, when they do, they could cause serious style problems with their facility.
Cleaning Off the Window
Any time you plan to paint a window, you need to clean the glass and the frames. There are a few reasons why you should perform this simple step. First of all, cleaning the glass and frame, particularly the area where they meet, ensures that they aren’t dirty when you paint. You don’t want to have dirt in your paint, or else you’ll end up with an uneven and gritty texture that is very unattractive.
The easiest way to clean the windows is to apply a glass cleaner directly to the surface and wipe the cleaner off with a rag. Pay attention to areas that are hard to reach, particularly along the edges of the window and the frame, to break apart any dirt. After you finish this job, you need to scrape away any gunk or old paint that may still be clinging to the surface of the window or the frame.
Get out a single-edged razor blade and scrape it slowly and horizontally, on the surface of the glass and the frame. This process will break apart any stains, dirt, or other residues that may have built up on the surface over the last few years. You might be surprised at just how much stuff can stick to a window between paint jobs. Make sure to get both sides of the window in this way to ensure the best painting surface.
Sand the Frame Very Carefully
Once you’ve cleaned the surface of the frame, add masking tape along the glass where you intend to paint the frame. This tape is designed to protect the glass of your window from the next step in this process. Take a bit of medium-grit sandpaper and rub it along the surface of the window frame’s wood. You’re breaking apart any paint in this way and also smoothing the surface to prepare it for the addition of the paint.
While you can use a power sander for this process, it is often better to do this job by hand to ensure that you hit all the hard-to-reach areas. These spots can be tricky to hit with a power sander because of their broader sanding area. Even worse, these sanders may shake the window loose in the frame and potentially cause damage to it. Make sure to work slowly on this project.
At this point, you then need to remove any of the latches and handles that are on your window and window frame. These latches won’t be painted during this process and need to be taken out of the way to avoid any complications. Place all of these items and their screws in separate bags to ensure that nothing gets lost and that you don’t ruin any of the connecting hardware.
Start Painting the Windows
When you finally start painting your windows, it should still be relatively early in the day. You’re going to want to start putting paint on the window no later than 9 a.m. Any later and you run the risk of sunlight affecting the paint. Even worse, you may run out of time while painting the window or get exhausted as the daylight changes or you could affect your business by driving away customers. Try to do this job on the weekend to improve your effectiveness.
Pick out a 1- to 1 ½-half-inch angled sash brush for the job. While fuller brushes are available on the market, you’re probably not going to use these for your windows. Simply put, the frames are not full enough to need a brush of that size. Any bigger, and you risk wasting paint or getting some on the glass of your window, which can make your building less attractive.
Now that you’re ready, start carefully spreading the paint primer across the surface of the window frame. The primer should go on smoothly and must be given a few hours between each coat to dry. Typically, you’re going to want at least two layers each of primer, paint, and finisher. You can adjust this number to suit your needs but should never go below two coats, minimum, of each material.
After applying your primer, you can then paint the frames. Pay careful attention not to get any paint on metal objects near the window or on any areas that don’t need paint. Once you’ve added a few coats, you can finish off by adding a finisher. This product helps to protect the surface of the window frame from damage and keeps it strong well into the future.
Let Contractors Paint Your Facility
As you can see, painting the windows takes a lot more work than you might have imagined. Unfortunately, there’s a good chance that you may have tried this approach and ended up making a mistake. If not, congratulations! You have done something that most business owners haven’t done, and you should be proud of your accomplishments. Your facility looks great and your customers can come to your business without suffering any issue.
However, if you did make a mistake, you likely need painting contractors to fix them for you. And this is where we come into play. We are high-quality painting professionals who fully understand how to paint windows with style and finesse. With our expert help, you can get the kind of windows that you deserve at a price that you can afford. And that’s a promise that we always intend to keep.