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    Smile Painting a window frame, remove paint first?

    Hi all,

    I came across these forums many times in my DIY searches so I've signed up. I just bought my first home and cannot sleep at night over the excitement of fixing it all up, however I've come to realise I know nothing about renovations, so baby steps.

    To get to the point -

    I have two window frames that I want to modernise before drywalling the room, basically by just painting them a different colour and removing the current paint which is just falling apart. The paint on the frames look really thick and generally not very good.

    Basically to make these window look new again do I need to remove the paint and then sand the frames? Any advice would be appreciated such as -

    * Best way to remove the paint from the window frame?
    * Best way to sand the frame (if this is something I'd need to do?)

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    Thanks very much for your help, looking forward to being able to contribute back to the forums one day

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    Remove the paint. Combination of a heat gun, triangle scraper, Citristrip, water, scouring pad and patience.

    It'll be easier if you can remove the window itself from the frame embedded in the house...

    Sanding....120 grit paper folded over a cork block or if you want to uneccesarily tool up....a detail sander
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    I find the carbide blade scrapers are great too, unipro make one. The carbide blade stays sharp and easily finds the plane between paint and timber.

    Cheers
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    Thanks for the great feedback! Off to Bunnings now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilentButDeadly View Post
    It'll be easier if you can remove the window itself from the frame embedded in the house...
    Tried that,the amount I can lift the pane doesn't seem to be enough to get it to go over the bottom wooden rail, is that normal?

    Thanks for your help

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