The necessity of wood trim painting / staining of doors and windows – Even with one-foot firm planted in the 21st century we still use many of the same building materials we did when first starting out life on this planet. Maybe it’s because wood provides a more rustic look than vinyl or concrete, or maybe it’s because no other material out there can quite capture the same aesthetic. Regardless of the reason, every homeowner in Ottawa should know how to paint and stain wood windows and doors, at least for the sake of upkeep.
As mentioned, upkeep is important. Maintenance of your house exterior in Ottawa is essential, as its exposure to the weather causes a lot of natural wear and tear. Moisture is but one factor that can cause wood trim, windows and doors to warp and even rot. Paint and stain wood trim, doors and windows in order to keep them from becoming even more damaged.
Doing so will also provide a boost to your home’s curb appeal, making it more eye-catching. Being able to capture a prospective buyer’s interest in the same way, is a great way of making more money why you finally decide to sell your home and put it on the market.
How to apply stain to wood? When prepping your wood windows and doors for staining forget about painting trim without sanding but never use sandpaper that’s rougher than 180-grit. Any more than that is too abrasive, and you could actually end up damaging the surfaces yourself. Also take care to avoid steel wool, which can leave traces behind after using (which will then rust when exposed to moisture).
Consider applying pre-stain wood conditioner before you apply your stain and final exterior-grade finishing coat. It’s an extra step, but one that can prevent ending up with a finish that’s blotchy or uneven.
Painting Wood Doors and Trim – You may want to paint your wood windows and doors, only to find that they’ve already been stained. The issue here is not with the stain itself, but with the varnish that’s also on the wood. Wood varnish prevents primer for adhering, and primer is essential to any good paint job. Sand the wood windows and doors first before scuffing it further with mineral spirits or a de-glosser.
If you run into trouble with your paint applying smoothly then you may need to thin it out. Alkyd paint can be thinned by adding mineral spirits, and water can be added to acrylic paint for the same effect. Take care to add a little bit at a time as needed, as you don’t want to dilute your paint too much.
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As part of your house exterior you want your wood trim, windows and doors in perfect condition, but you may not be able to take care of them alone. Reach out to us at (613) 699 6062 and Home Painters Ottawa can help you with a FREE quote for the cost of painting and staining wood trim windows and doors!