Avoid­ing Paint Buildup

Old House Journal - - Restore - By Ray Tschoepe

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.

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