How to Open Painted-Shut Windows

When a window has been closed for years – or even a long winter – it tends to stick a little when you try to open it again. But sometimes it takes more than a few extra muscles to let the fresh air in – especially when the window is closed. In most cases, the windows are not painted on purpose: it is the result of a lazy or careless painting job. Fortunately, there is an easy way to break the paint seal and reopen the window. This article is about how to Open Windows Painted-Shut.

At Window, we prioritize safety, in our factory and in your home. Therefore, the topic comes up a lot when we talk about home improvement, especially when it comes to your windows. The most important security features of a window are its ability to open and close and maintain a tight seal.

How to Open a Window That’s Painted Shut

  • Slide a putty knife between the stopper and the windowpane to cut through the paint seal.
  • Use a putty knife to open the joint between the bottom sash and the stool (window sill).
  • A putty knife slides along the meeting rail where the top and bottom sash meet.
  • Try raising the sash; if it’s still stuck, move on to the next step.
  • Place a putty knife behind the window stop; if necessary, use two or more knives.
  • Carefully push the stop from the jamb side using a small flat pry bar.
  • Use a hammer to pull any nails from the jambs.
  • With one stop removed, try raising the sash.
  • If the sash does not work, remove the other window stop.
  • With both stops removed, gently pry the pan free from the window frame.
  • Cut the sash cords and remove the sash.
  • Scrape the sash of all loose paint, then sand it smooth.
  • Prime and repaint the sash.
  • Install new sash cords and replace sash and window stops.

Final Words

That’s it with our article on Open Window That’s Been Painted Shut. If you are facing similar issues and want to know how to solve this problem then follow the steps mentioned above.

I hope you understand this article, How to Open Painted-Shut Windows.

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