Last Bit on Windows Painted Shut
I just bought a house and apparently the previous owners painted the frame and pane of all the windows causing them to become stuck shut. I have tried to hit them by hand and placing a towel over the frame and hitting it with a hammer to no avail. What can I do to get these suckers open?
Be careful.. you can break the glass easy enough. Here's what to do. Break the paint seal by using a hammer and a wide putty knife.. and hit the knife to break the seal between the parting strip and the window sash. All the way around. Use a pry bar first under one outer side then the other... back and forth. You want to pry under the outside edges so you are prying up against the wood stiles, not the glass.
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Removing Paint on Windows
Is there any way to remove dried paint from windows besides using windex and a razor blade? Is there any product that can remove dried paint from windows?
A razor blade works best as far as I know. ANything that will remove it from the glass will remove it from the wood frame too.
They do sell small plastic holders for the blades if you want to make it easier.
Painting Vinyl Windows
During a remodel several years ago we replaced 1/2 our windows with Andersen sandtone casements. We are now replacing the other 1/2 and putting up vinyl siding. The new windows are not sandtone, they are white. What is the best way to color the other windows white? Can they be painted? If so, is it better to spray than use a brush?
I would suggest using a good brush and high quality paint such as Dutch boy exterior gloss. It is roughly
$21/gallon, but well worth it. As for spraying, you are only wasting your time and money by covering the entire window, renting a sprayer (unless you purchased one), overspraying-wasting paint, etc...
Applying a Tint to Windows or Glass
I am planning to apply tint film on a window with glass can you direct me how to do it best.
The only thing I can help you with is to warn you NOT to place a tinted film right on the glass if you
have double paned insulated windows. The tint will reflect heat and cause heat build up between your panes and can damage your windows never mind the possibility of breaking and cracking your windows. Instead you can go with the tinted roller shades which trap that heated air between the window and the shade instead.
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