Best Window Sill Paint

Ellen Grant
• Saturday, 21 November, 2020
• 9 min read

Written by Lee Allende Even though interior trim doesn't cover much space compared to walls or ceilings, it's a small thing that really calls big attention to itself. Window sills are where you place your morning cup of coffee; door casing you pass a million times a day as you go from room to room.

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The only reason why it might be labeled “trim paint is to make it easier for consumers to identify. Trim paint usually comes pre-ticked in bright white and in base colors that can be custom-tinted.

Glossier paints have a tighter molecular structure, meaning smaller pores for dirt and other debris to work into it. Thicker consistencies of paint help prevent sagging.

Window trim, in particular, gets blasted with the sun, which can yellow the paint. Oil-based trim paint gives superior, glass-like finishes, with minimal-to-zero brush marks, but at the cost of slow drying times, fumes, and solvent-based clean-up requirements.

Because of its thick consistency, it's good at filling in minor holes. Due to laws passed beginning around 2000, many localities now ban oil-based paints in sizes above quarts.

The sample will make it easier to find an exact match or an appropriately contrasting color. Add a can of latex wood primer to your purchase if you are painting the sills for the first time.

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Your color choices when painting interior window sills are virtually unlimited. You can opt to blend them with the walls, contrast them or even highlight them with primary hues in a Bohemian style.

Regular wall paint seldom works well on window sills. It doesn't have enough body to protect the wood and, because sills present a horizontal surface, it's a magnet for dirt.

You need a gloss or semi-gloss acrylic or latex enamel that levels out to form a smooth surface and is easy to clean. Image Copyright:Scott SidlerThis week’s question comes from Dave in Minneapolis, MN.

Dave, before you paint anything I recommend priming your wood windows with a good oil-based primer. It provides a hard finish that won’t cause your windows to stick like water-based paints have a tendency to do.

The downside is that they tend to yellow slightly over time and are more prone to mildew than water-based paint. Inside that isn’t too much of an issue but painting outside in a humid climate will likely yield mildew problems.

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You MUST choose an enamel paint or else you will get windows that are constantly sticking in their jambs. A good choice is Sherwin-Williams Porch & Floor Enamel, but my new favorite is Sherwin-Williams Sherry.

For both interior and exterior trim, you’ll probably want to choose a paint with a glossy finish. Window trim can be made from wood, vinyl, aluminum, or steel, and there’s no single coating that works with all.

If you start with just any old can of paint, you could risk seeing the results of all your hard work flake off within the year. Choosing a paint that’s compatible with your type of trim will help achieve results that last.

Wood is the most common material used to trim both interior and exterior windows, and you won’t have any problem finding a good-quality paint. Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF) is becoming a popular material for interior window trim because it’s easy to install and resists moisture damage.

Its impermeable surface won’t hold standard paint ; those suggested above would eventually peel off. Check the weather forecast and choose a day when the temperatures will stay between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Hotter than that, and the paint can dry too quickly, which can affect the quality of the finish. No matter how careful you are, painting on a windy day will lead to unwanted spatter on your home’s siding.

On interior wood and MDF, as well as vinyl trim, use a household degreasing cleaner. For caulking to efficiently seal the seams and gaps in window trim, it needs to be applied and smoothed into the crack.

To achieve a professional-looking finish, run a bead of caulk in the seam (1/8 inch is usually sufficient) and then use the flexible padded tip on the Caulk Aid (on the end opposite its scraper) to smooth out the bead. If caulk builds up under the padded tip, just wipe it clean on a rag and continue to the end of the seam.

For unfinished trim, you’ll need to apply a coat of primer before the paint, using the following method for each application. For the best results on narrow strips of trim, opt for a small angled paintbrush like one from Richard Tools’ Mini Master Angular Touch Series instead of a flat paintbrush, which is more suitable for cutting in on large areas.

Any overprint or splatters seen on the windowpanes will detract from the appearance of the fresh coat, so you’ll want to clean those up. Luckily, even if dried, paint can easily be scraped from the glass with the right tools.

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Cut along the outer edge of the Mini Guide with the 9 mm Snap-Off Blade Utility Knife. After you’ve made this target line, use a glass razor scraper like Hyde Tools’ Glass Scraper with 5 Blades Stored in Handle to remove the paint from the windowpane.

Position the blade parallel to the edge of the trim and, using a straight motion, scrape the stuck-on paint right off the glass. The scraper features an ergonomic design to reduce hand fatigue when scraping and, as the name suggests, a ready supply of replacement blades in the handle in case you need to change one out on the job.

Wood preparation can be tricky as areas of trim such as window sills can often be left alone for a very long time. For large flat areas such as the shelf of the windowsill use the Taskmaster Gloss 4 inch Roller.

When you have finished, clean the brushes using some white spirit in a sealable jar. Work the white spirit into the brush and then wipe away the paint with some Seriously Good Paper Towels.

You cannot re-use the gloss roller sleeve, but you can wrap it in cling film for use priming another part of the house. Before applying the topcoat we recommend giving the primed surface a quick, light sand using some Ultimate Fine Sandpaper.

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This helps remove any brush marks from the priming stage and gives a smoother finish. Clean the area one final time with a Seriously Good Microfiber Cloth to remove all the dust.

Here we show you the final magical process needed to get a glass like finish on your wooden trim. Painting paneled doors can be difficult to get right, but we’ll show you a few tricks to make it easy.

This guide will show you how to paint your skirting boards with minimum effort, so you can finish that room off in style! In this guide we show you the most important steps and techniques you need to get a perfectly smooth finish with gloss paints.

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Posted 9 years good probably won’t get it in your local DIY store, but it will be available at a good independent retailer. Don’t have anything as fancy as oak frames, think they are pine but I need them to last as I can’t afford to replace them for a few years yet.

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Posted 9 years ago Don’t ask on a cycle forum; go and get proper advice from a Du lux Decorator Center. Posted 9 years ago Don’t think there are many paint shops open at 9 – 10 at night, but I have found there is a Du lux Decorator Center in Aberdeen, so I am going to stop in on my way home tonight.

Try sticking with the same for over the top, or you may find paint doesn't adhere to well on the stain, vice versa. Try sticking with the same for over the top, or you may find paint doesn't adhere to well on the stain, vice versa.

Posted 9 years ago My experience with mandolin has not been good at all, the stuff seems to wear through in weeks Posted 9 years agony plan for preparing the windows was to use a wire brush to scrape off any loose paint /stain then go over the frame with some medium grade sand paper then use a damp cloth to remove any sanding dust and get stuck in with the painting .

Posted 9 years agoWouldnt use wire brush, it will feather the grain on the wood making it hard work to get smooth. For best results strip the sills, if CBA to do that use filling knife-scraper to remove loose then sand with course paper, dust off and stain.

Knowing Aberdeen weather I could end up with only a short window (pardon the pun) of opportunity to get the job done. Posted 9 years arouse a hot air gun, prob take no more than 10 mins per sill at guess.

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Hard to tell without seeing job but I'm guessing stripping the sills will be enough as it's these that take the most abuse from the weather.

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