The painting of windows and doors on the exterior of a house is not as straightforward as it seems, wooden doors and windows are constructed using wood with contrasting grain patterns, so to achieve an even, professional-looking finish, they must be painted in a sequence that takes account of the grain. Doors present their own problems as you will need to apply knotting solution to any knots in the wood to prevent resin seeping through the new paint. Whether painting windows or doors, you will need to prepare removing any furniture such as handles, locks, knocker, letterbox etc.
Then remove any dust or dirt ensuring a clean and dry surface. Decide on the type of paint you wish to use, oil-based paints take longer to dry than you expect by may last longer when dealing with the British weather, however water-based paint dries quicker and releases much less fumes. In the vast majority of cases, the time taken to re-paint a window frame or door is down to the existing paintwork condition. If the existing paint is in reasonable order, then a simple re-coat will usually suffice, however if the paint is old, flaky and peeling off, then it will need to be completely removed by scraping and sanding before fresh paint can be applied to produce a decent finish. however, in some cases if there's only a little flaky paint, you can remove it with a scraper and then just sand the surrounding areas to even out the surface.
If the paint on your exterior woodwork is in poor condition, be prepared to use lots of elbow grease - or hire a professional! Choosing to re-decorate the exterior of your home is an investment so it is important you gather quotes from experienced professionals, considering all options from the outset.
Exterior painting will last for up to 15 years if done correctly but will need to be done much more often if not done correctly. it can make sound financial sense using a professional exterior house painting and decorating service to do the job properly for a great, long lasting finish. There is no substitute for professional workmanship and experienced painters will prepare the job properly, using only quality, guaranteed products.
If you contact a reputable painter and decorator, they will first survey the exterior windows and doors of your home, noting any surfaces that may require maintenance. when the work is carried out, any areas of imperfection will be fixed before any painting and decorating work begins, so all exterior painting is carried out only on properly prepared surfaces. Often on older or period properties, the external render will need replacing before any painting can take place. Many painters specialise in period properties so can also quote for the repair and painting of box sash windows.