When I painted the exterior of my house, I also took care of the aluminum storm windows. As much as I would love to get rid of them and bask in the beauty of exposed windows, the reality is that we need them since our house has 45 year old single-pane windows. For the sake of our comfort, my wallet, and the health of our windows, we need them to be protected. So, instead of complaining about them, I made them prettier.Not the best photo, but you get the idea. Aluminum storm windows. I have nine of them.I’d love to get rid of them and replace the windows, but that’s beyond my small budget.In the meantime, I almost injured myself removing and carrying this one. It is extremely heavy. I am not kidding. Luckily, my daughter was there to help me get it back on. The back of the house before I removed and painted the aluminum storm windows.Aluminum is easy to paint, however, it is important to clean it well. I used a sponge and soapy water. I completely covered the glass and screen with newspaper and masking tape. Next, I primed and painted the storm windows using the same paint I used for the rest of the house. Of course, you can also use a spray paint. But don’t forget to prime first.So much better, don’t you think? Now the storm windows blend in with the white trim.
For those that maybe have not cleaned their aluminum yet, try using a product called “Mean Green Degreaser”. Be sure to be careful getting it on the glass tho…(at least rinse the glass well IF you do/can leave streaks if not rinsed thoroughly.) This is a bio-degradable product and sure does a fab job on window screens too!
I own/operate my own house-cleaning business and Mean Green is a staple in my supply bucket. Has numerous uses.
Good luck, cas
Wow, i love the pictures you took fro the before shot, they looked bad! And then the after shot looked really great! What would yous ay would be the worst thing you could do when painting your windows? Anyway, thank you for taking the time to post, this is a great article to motivate me to do my own, or hire out to have it done.
Thank you for your comment and compliment. I think the most important thing to painting is prep work. Removing old paint, sanding and priming are crucial steps that should not be skipped. So to answer your question, the worst thing you can do to your windows is not preparing them for paint. Make sure you use quality paint and primer. So worth the money. 🙂