|Forum topic by pos1||posted 03-21-2015 06:20 PM||638 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
03-21-2015 06:20 PM
I have 4 large casement windows with wood interior (vinyl exterior) from the late 70s that I’d like to refinish. The sashes have either recently been replaced or will be replaced (thanks to a warranty claim), so I believe the windows will perform very well with new glass. I intend too put the new sashes in myself.
But, they are stained the typical late 70s dark color…and the rest of the house is a warm oak (kitchen cabinets, hardwood flooring, baseboard trim, etc.). So, instead of replacing these 4 windows at ~$5k I’d much rather refinish them. As it stands now my wife insists on replacing them since it is an open concept design and all 4 windows can be seen standing in the middle of the room.
My intent is to strip them down to bare wood and refinish a lighter oak color.
But, I know very little about the anatomy of a window even after some reading. I’m thinking the “trim” all the way around on the inside comes out, but am not sure. If so, once I remove the sashes and crank, I think I will be left with the main window frame (jamb??) that is flat and should be relatively easy to strip with a strain stripper and putty knife (and then maybe some sanding).
I’m thinking I can then also strip the trim while off the window or possibly even order new unfinished.
Am I even close to on track? And, if so, any advice you can provide, i.e. what type of stain and what type of final finish to protect against sun and moisture?