Avoiding Paint Buildup
Paint is at times the house’s best friend, at others its worst enemy. Damage is inevitable when, say, windows haven’t been painted in decades. Conversely, when a window—which has moving parts— has been painted repeatedly, whether for maintenance or due to changes in taste, the thick paint buildup makes it hard to operate the sash. An average coat of paint is only a few thousandths of an inch, but old houses are very likely to have been painted dozens of times. Add drips and runs and the size of the sash, door, or shutter has increased and no longer works smoothly in the size of the opening.