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How to Paint a window frame&sill with Aileen Hogan of Shabby.ie

How to paint an internal window frame & sill
by Aileen Hogan of Shabby.ie 

Episode 1 of
‘HOW TO’ video series from Fleetwood Paints

The Project:

This was a previously painted window frame and sill and the tannins from the teak underneath were bleeding through the paint. I needed to use a primer that would seal in the stain before i could paint.
So for this job i needed the following products:
• Dust sheet.
• Mini Roller tray and either flock or microfibre sleeve.
• 2 inch short grip angled brush.
• Medium grade sandpaper and sanding pad for edges and grooves.
• Washi Tape. I used both the orange and the low tack green one.
• Methylated spirits for cleaning.
• Bloxx-It Primer.
• Advanced paint range in a satinwood finish.
First things first, I needed to prepare the surface for painting. As I always say, your prep is your finish. My prep is three easy steps :

Step 1. CLEAN… clean the surface with a 50/50 mix of methylated spirits and water. This is one of the best cleaners you can use and will not leave any residue, unlike other cleaners.


Step 2. SCUFF SAND… scratch the surface with a med grade sandpaper and pad to create millions of little scratches for the new paint to stick to. Clean off any dust with a damp cloth

Step 3. PRIME…. For this project I used Bloxx-It which is a premium primer, sealer and stain killer with exceptional hiding power. This primer also has the ability to stick to all surfaces without priming  and produces and blemish free finish.


I covered the floor and radiator with my big dust sheet and taped off the windows and wall. This made the painting so much quicker and more accurate, so no cleaning or scraping paint off the glass afterwards. Well worth doing!
I also used Washi tape from to cover and protect the walls/windows so I had no clean up there either and very straight lines..photo below.
I filled in some holes with the BEST filler I have ever used.. it does not need sanding afterwards! A must in your upcycling kit.

If you watch the video you will see my TOP TIP of covering the tray in tin foil so you don’t even have to clean it afterward… hey, lets make things as easy as we can.
In the video you will see me apply this with the roller and the short grip angled brush to apply the primer, and you will see how easily it went on the surface. I gave it two full coats as i wanted it sealed well. It is touch dry in 40 mins and you can re-coat in 2 hours. This primer is incredible and sticks to all surfaces without sanding (even PVC, ceramic and varnish) I will be using this on many more projects in the future.👍🏻
After my prep was done, I was ready for my new paint. I chose the Advanced Paint Range from Fleetwood Paints. This range comes in three sheens…
1. Eggshell…Low sheen ( approx 12%)
2. Satinwood…Mid sheen ( approx 25%)
3. High Gloss….. High sheen ( approx 80%)
Did you know this paint is tintable into every colour possible through the Fleetwood tinting system? This makes the scope for colour boundless.
I chose the Advanced range in a colour called Designer White for this job and I chose the satinwood finish. Why Satinwood you ask?

• Its water based with exceptional self levelling properties.
• Fully washable (really important on windowsills I think) and virtually odour free, the Advanced range is a family and environmentally friendly paint product, with LOW VOC content.
• It has a stay white formula that ensures it stays white all year round.
• Clean up is minimal with  a touch dry finish in half an hour and re-coat in less than 2 hours, making all jobs a breeze ( My kind of clean up)

The Advanced range is available in an undercoat, eggshell, satinwood and gloss. For those of you that are unsure of the differences in these, have a look here…..
1. Eggshell: designers choice for kitchen cabinets and furniture upcycling (low sheen 12%)
2. Satinwood: washable and tough for internal/external doors and skirting (mid sheen 25%)
3. High gloss: high gloss finish for the perfect grand entrance (high sheen 80%)

Its good to know a little about the paint you choose, so here are the advantages of the advanced range.
Ultra tough finish
No yellowing white stays white
Scuff and stain resistant
6 year exterior protection
Resists cracking and flaking
Excellent adhesion and coverage
No chipping and scratches
Super hard durable finish

I applied the paint exactly as I did the primer. I only needed one coat and a little touch up on a couple of areas. The finish was stunning!! If you get any dust particles settling in your paint you can give it a little rub with a superfine sanding pad and that will smooth it out again.
And that was it .I was done…What a difference in one afternoon!
Have a look at the photos below of some of the products I used and the finished project. All items are available in Fleetwood Stockists nationwide


Fleetwood Washi Tape.


Fleetwood Dust Sheet.

Fleetwood Short Grip


Fleetwood Caulk Filler

Stunning Finish

Hardwearing too!