Wooden door and window frames are popular options due to their natural look. However, they require more maintenance than plastic or metal frames. We recommend giving the wood a nourishing treatment periodically to keep away any pests, prevent mold, and protect it from the weather. In this blog post I share with you my step-by-step process on how I restore and paint wood frames to achieve maximum durability.
Before painting, I wipe down all the rubber weatherstripping with a cloth soaked in glycerin, this helps keep the rubber soft and last longer. I oil the lock and the hinges well so they will not wear quickly, to protect from moisture, and so the door/window will be easy to open and close.
Caring for your wooden door and window frames
I completely remove the old paint from the surface of the wood and then apply Sherwin Williams primer. The special wood primer paint prevents against pest damage, fungal growth, and grey mold. This primer is also excellent for getting rid of already existing fungal growth on the wood. Before using, I thoroughly mix the paint and then I apply it with a paintbrush.
After drying, I work with a Sherwin Williams’ wood stain or glaze to paint over the door and window frames. It is important to note that after the application of the primer the wood should not be sanded! In case sanding is necessary, the surface can be gently sanded and refined after the first coat of the paint dries, preventing the removal of the primer.
Outside furniture is exposed to and must withstand all kinds of weather conditions throughout the year. Moisture as well as direct sunlight can damage wood surfaces and they can become faded, greyish in color, rot, and become infested with pests and parasites. To prevent damage, we must use quality materials and paints suitable for the given surface from the beginning. In case damages such as micro cracks or big gaps, discoloration or fungal growth stains appear in the wood, you must act immediately and restore the wood before it gets worse!
Restoring outside wood structures
We can protect the natural beauty and the structural integrity of our outside wood structures with glazes. We can choose from thick or thinner glazes but what is important is to pick quality materials with high UV protection guarantee and protection against fungal growth.
To achieve maximum surface durability, I carefully prep the surface of the wood the same way I did for interior surfaces: I sand and remove the previous glaze. I fill the damages in the wood with liquid wood filler – the material works like a patch; it is suitable for repairing cracks and damages. I dust and then apply Sherwin Williams primer paint to prevent fungal growth and provide adhesion to the glaze. After the wood dries, I apply the glaze in the color of my client’s choosing to the wood with a paintbrush or a roller moving the paint along the grain of the wood. When the first coat of glaze dries, I carefully sand the surface with fine grain sandpaper. This light sanding is necessary, so the next coat of glaze properly sticks. I achieve the desired color and protection with the third coat of paint.
Helpful tip: The Sherwin Williams glazes do not prevent natural breathing of the wood, but they are very effective against UV rays and moisture, giving the wood surfaces long lasting protection. I use them on untreated and previously treated wood surfaces, hard and soft wood, and exterior and interior surfaces as well.