Myth Busting Blog – Repainting Wooden Windows

There is often a misconception that wooden windows need to be repainted often, making it a laborious annual chore. With this in mind, some homeowners may favour uPVC windows over the quality and desirability of wooden windows.

When will I need to repaint my wooden windows?

The truth of the matter is factory finished wooden windows actually need repainting very infrequently. At George Barnsdale we are dedicated to designing products that will provide you years of high performance with minimal maintenance. This commitment to performance and longevity is backed by industry-leading guarantees, including our standard 10 year guarantee against paint system failure which covers embrittlement, flaking or cracking of the coating.

How will I know when to repaint?

Recoating is only necessary when the coating begins to show signs of wear, such as colour fading and significant loss of sheen, or after the repair of damage. If any parts of the coating are showing signs of damage or wear then we recommend recoating.

Product finishes can be affected if they are exposed to harsh climates, such as exposed coastal areas and areas at high altitude.

How easy is it to repaint my wooden windows?

If repainting is required, then there is no need to worry, it can be done in just a few easy steps:

Step 1. Order the paint consumables – If you have ordered from us, we will have record of your products and their coating and can match to the original specification.

Step 2. Preparation – Once you have your materials ensure that the area is clean and free from dirt or grease. If there is any sheen to the coating, then before applying the relevant paint or stain, it’s recommended to lightly sand with a fine abrasive, such as p240 or finer. After sanding, wipe with a very lightly dampened sponge to remove sanding dust, then wipe dry with a clean cloth.

Step 3. Application – It’s essential that a synthetic brush designed specifically for the application of water-borne coatings is used. For our windows and doors we always recommend to apply two to three coats, regardless of whether it’s a paint or stain.

The video below is a guide to repainting wooden windows from The Wood Window Alliance:

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Remember, it’s good practice to recoat all windows and doors (or at least all on the same elevation) at the same time to provide the best protection and to keep the appearance of the property at its best.

If you need any extra guidance please get in touch.