General Care of Timber Windows and Doors
Simply wiping down the joinery finish to remove dirt and insects will extend the life of your finish. This can be carried out by your window cleaner when he cleans the glass.
- Yearly checks also prolong the intervals of repainting
- Check the hinges and handles, clean and treat with a little oil if necessary.
- Clean the weather seal and ventilators so dust and grime is removed.
- Ensure guttering and down pipes are cleared and repair any leaks
- Inspect the window/door and spot repair any minor areas of coating damage, or open joints.
Do not attempt to paint when temperatures are below 5°C or in relative humidity exceeding 80% as the performance of the coating may be impaired
All areas to be re-painted should be lightly sanded down with a fine grade sanding paper, wash down with a mild solution and rinsed with clean water to remove dirt, dust, insects and any other items that can form algae or fungi growth.
The area should be dry, using a long-haired good quality brush suitable for use with the chosen coating and apply one or two coats. Allow at least four hours for coat to dry before applying second coat.
Paint systematically (top rail, style, bottom rail). Applying an even coat is important for durability, and appearance.
Repair to damaged coating
If flaking affects a small area of the top coat but the timber is not showing:
- Lightly sand down with a fine grade sanding paper the area, wash down with a mild solution and rinsed with clean water to remove dirt, dust, insects and any other items that can form algae or fungi growth.
- Apply the coating to match the existing to the area affected.
- Allow the first coat to dry for four hours and apply the second coat.
If the damage is widespread, sand down the whole frame/door, repair as necessary, apply one coat to damaged area, and a second coat to whole frame/door.
Knots and Resin
All our timber that may contain knots and resin is treated in the workshop. 99% of treatment carried out during manufacture will not suffer from knot or resin to seeping through.