I googled for "Painting French Doors", without meaningful results.
I have 3 sets of wooden French patio doors. They need painting, inside out.
How can I paint 180 little panes of glass? Just the thought of masking all
those little panes spoils my day.
Any ideas for shortcuts?
Normally when confronted with glass during a painting project I simply
slow down and paint carefully. With practice you can get pretty good at
it if you are using the proper brush. Of course for those places where I
wasn't quite careful enough it is dead simple to come back with a
single-edge razor blade and remove the paint from the glass after it has
dried for a while.
If careful doesn't do it for you there are a couple of liquid glass
masking products on the market. I haven't tried them and can't comment
on the performance.
This one seems to be the most common:
I have had the best results with either a round or bevel sash brush,
and keep it WET. Then, if I messed up, it is simple to fix with a
single edged razor blade scraper, after the paint has set up, but not
gotten real hard. Also, after the first pass, you don't need to cut as
close to the glass on 2nd and 3rd coats, if you need 3. Patience is
your friend here.
This is going to sound stupid, but did you check and make sure there
was no plastic over each pain? I recently purchased a set of french
doors from home deopt that needed painting. My second set. Usually
they come with the plastic over the glass and after your project is
over you simply remove the plastic. If you are not looking for it you
will not notice the plastic.
Walter R. wrote:
If they are new, have you checked to see if they have a plastic coating on
all the pains that you cut and remove after painting, for the last 2 years
or so I haven't done one that didn't have the plastic.
If not, get yourself a good brush, in my opinion Purdy is the best, and
take your time.
As for the liquid masking tape, mentioned by others, that's fine if you
don't mind cutting in to all the wood, because as it it is meant to come off
if painted over, then if you get it on the wood and paint over, it will
eventually come off.
I did this a few time and it worked .... I cut-out a piece of very thin wood (or even a thicker cardboard) and made a tenplate that fit the size of the window. I would place in the window and then paint the trim. I had a paper clip taped to the center of the insert .. pick it up and then start all over. It worked. Keep the edge clean of paint.
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French Doors", without meaningful results.<BR>> <BR>> I have 3 sets of
wooden French patio doors. They need painting, inside out. <BR>> How can I
paint 180 little panes of glass? Just the thought of masking all <BR>> those
little panes spoils my day.<BR>> <BR>> Any ideas for shortcuts?<BR>>
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