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Home Contractors

Tips for Painting an All-Wood Window

Wood is a great material for building windows because it insulates well, is very strong and lasts for years. But without a protective coating like paint, they can be susceptible to rot and decay. Before you begin painting your all wood windows, take a look at these tips and techniques and you’ll be sure to get the job done without any problems.
Prepping the Wood
It’s in your best interests to put down a large drop cloth under the window. You may also want to tape painter’s plastic around the window if you’re planning on painting the inside of the window. Be sure to use blue painters tape and not masking tape as this can cause the paint to bleed through and masking tape can damage drywall and other delicate surfaces.
New all wood windows need to be cleaned and primed before you can begin working on them. A wood cleanser can be used, but basic soap and water work just as well. Never use a degreaser or other chemical cleaners on wood as it may cause the wood to permanently stain, warp or twist.
Sanding the wood is essential to the paint adhering to the all wood window successfully. When the woods surface is pitted and grooved with fine sandpaper, paint can easily bond with the wood fibers and actually become part of the wood. Without this bond, paint will eventually flake off a wood window. Be sure to use fine grit sandpaper and always sand with the wood grain. Be careful when sanding around the window pane as it can permanently scratch the glass if you’re not careful. Wipe away the wood dust using a dry paintbrush or dust cloth.
Apply the Primer
For this part of the project, you’ll need to have a small 2″ latex paintbrush to get at the smaller parts of your all wood window. You’ll also need a quality latex binding primer to coat the window and get it ready to accept your latex paint. Apply a very light coat onto the window. You’ll want to avoid any runs because these can easily seal the window shut, leak into sensitive window parts and make a mess. You’ll need to paint the entire window, so getting right up to the edge of the glass is imperative. Don’t worry if you get a little paint on the glass, it will easily come off later with a razor-blade. Let the primmer dry for at least four hours. Open and close the window every half hour or so to prevent it from sticking shut.
Apply the Paint
Once the primer is dry, you can begin painting the latex paint onto the primer coat. You’ll need to paint the windows using a very light coat of paint to prevent any runs or drips. Once you have the first paint of coat complete, let it dry for at least two hours, and then apply a second and third coat as needed. Open and close the window every half hour to prevent the window from sticking shut. Once it’s all dry, scrape away the excess paint from the window with a razor blade.…

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Remodel Kitchen

How Sealing A Window Can Contain Your Environment

Getting home at the end of a long day normally means that you are tired out and don’t want to have to deal with anybody. All you want to do is to shut the door behind you and not hear or see anything. Whatever is happening on the busy street outside should stay there, but sometimes – especially if you live in an older home – insulation might not be your friend. You might have to consider sealing a window or two at the least.
You might find that you can hear people talking outside, those car doors opening and closing and even though this might not be a huge noise problem to you, it certainly suggests that you have other issues to think about. This is when you should definitely consider sealing a window or door, because leaking air is probably frittering away your hard-earned cash in terms of an increased energy bill.
In terms of sound insulation, sealing a window or even replacing it has been shown to be the best methods. Did you know that even a modest crack around a window can let in as much noise as the entire wall in which the window rests? That crack can also let out your hard-earned cash in terms of energy cost as well.
Cracks can be filled in quite simply by a process known as caulking. This is certainly less costly than replacing doors or windows, or rebuilding structures wholesale. Even better, double glazing can keep noise in its place. Look for panes that are as thick as you can afford and establish as large a gap as possible between the glazing.
If you can, consider installing an additional layer of drywall, or recommend filler, in between the existing layers of wall. This is indicated for the more serious problem as it can be costly and very intrusive.
Plain exterior walls are not the best at insulating noise and if you append some stucco it can be better than conventional siding, as well. Pinpoint the cause of your noise problem. If it is an institution such as an airport, contact your local authorities to get a grant to help you.
If you can live with the noise and might not be too close to a major highway or in a downtown location affected by Saturday night revelry, you might think that you can live with it. However, don’t discount sealing a window altogether as if there is a draft present your energy bill is much higher than it should be. In some cases, it could be 20% higher across the board.
Remember that simple remedies often work just as well when you are considering sealing a window or two in your home. Don’t put up with additional noise or cold drafts any longer than you have to.…