Painting Doors and Windows: Order of Work
Painting Doors and Windows
If you follow the correct sequence for different types of windows and doors you will ensure a professional result, with all areas being covered evenly and without the formation of hard ridges.
As far as possible, remove fixtures such as handles, knobs, doorplates and window-latches before you begin to paint.
Keep the door ajar with a wedge to prevent it from moving. Paint in sections 45cm/18in square (about half the width of the door), working from the top down, completing each horizontal strip before you start on the next. Always paint to a wet edge in order to avoid hard, dried lines.
As for a flush door, wedge it open. Then paint in the following order:
2 Recessed panels
3 Centred uprights
4 Horizontals (paint top to bottom, following the grain)
5 Outer uprights
6 Door edge
Painting Sash Windows
Avoid getting paint onto the sash cords — otherwise they will stiffen and crack. Reverse the position of the sashes to paint as much as possible of the outer sash, the bottom of the inner sash and the inside edges. Then move the sashes back to their original position and paint the rest of the outer frame, inner frame edges and lastly the frame and sill. The most sensible sequence for painting ais as follows:
1 Meeting rail
2 Outer-sash vertical bars, as far as possible
3 The area beneath the inner sash and the lower runners 4 Lower cross-rail of inner sash and its underside
5 Upper cross-rail of the outer sash
6 Remainder of the outer-sash vertical bars
7 Soffit and top runners
8 Upper cross-rail of the inner sash
9 Inner-sash vertical bars
11 Window sill
Painting a Casement Window
First of all paint those windows that open, and start early enough in the day for there to be time for the windows to dry before night falls. The painting sequence of a window should follow the grain of the wood. All, whether they open or not, should be painted in the following correct order:
1 Glazing putty
2 Glazing bars
3 Top and bottom rail
4 Outer uprights, or ‘stiles’
5 Hinge edge
6 Centred frame, if there is an adjoining window
7 Frame (top and bottom, then sides)
Painting Decorative Mouldings
Cornices (Crown moldings) and ceiling roses (medallions), whether they are the original plasterwork or reproductions made of polystyrene, plaster or anaglypta. Should be painted with emulsion (latex) or water-based paint. You will need to exercise some care, especially in the case of intricate mouldings, in order to prevent the design from becoming clogged and obscured with paint. If the cornice is to be the same colour as the ceiling, paint the ceiling first, then the cornice, and finally the walls. If the cornice is to be a different colour, paint it after the walls. If you are going to paper the walls, the cornice should certainly be painted first. The best method is to apply the paint in thin coats with a narrow (2.5cm/1in) brush. Allow each coat to dry before you start on the next.
Some mouldings can look very attractive if elements of the design — usually the recessed parts — are picked out in a second colour. Paint the raised areas first and then fill in the second colour using an artists’ brush.
Painting Awkward Areas
The areas behind radiators and pipework are difficult to reach with ordinary brushes. Special crevice or radiator brushes can be very useful in such situations. For painting behind a radiator, an alternative is to use a small roller fitted with an extension handle.