Wood paintwork

My obsession with stained glass is accompanied by my meticulous approach to paintwork. The photos here were projects on my house.

I do not do “a lick of paint”. I despise that phrase. It undermines the amount of work which mostly in the preparation. I properly prepare the surface (stripping paint if necessary) which is the most time consuming part of my method.

I also apply low tac masking tape around edges to protect glass from splash-back and to ensure a crisp paint line (click here for stimulating video demonstration).

For wood which will be exposed to water my method consists of five layers of oil based paint. I strip (the old paint that is) then: primer, two coats of undercoat, two coats of Dulux Weathshield gloss.

I lightly sand in between coats to ensure the paint will not flake (see example in one of my door restoration projects). I leave 24 hours in between each coat to enable the oil to properly dry – sometimes more for the gloss.

I have always liked the simplicity of my original windows. My favourite feature being the green trim inbetween the toplights and the lower section. I imagine this is designed to shelter the inner part of the sill from direct rain. The previous owner had painted it white but green is my favourite colour and I like the contrast against the white.

I last applied a new layer of paint to my windows in 2021. I did not lick the window sill, I used a good quality paint brush.

I removed the carpet, varnished the steps and painted the wood inbetween.

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