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Repainting wooden windows, doors and joinery

Resene Popular Paint Systems – exterior timber: training notes

This web page is an edited version of the Resene Best System Selling training notes provided to Resene staff and is provided to enable you to gain a greater understanding of the substrates and paint systems you may encounter in your decorating project. It is impossible to cover all decorating scenarios in a single document, so if you are in doubt about any aspect of your project please contact Resene for assistance.

How to repaint wooden windows, doors and joinery

Note: Refer to the PDF flowchart for a visual of the steps below:

  1. Treat moss and mould using Resene Moss & Mould Killer

  2. Thoroughly wash and scrub using Resene Paint Prep and Housewash, a Scotchbrite pad is ideal

  3. Sand any flaking paint and inside facings of the window and frame

    • Remove or strip any perished or unstable paint - typically the windowsill
    • Condition stripped areas with Resene TimberLock
  4. Spot prime using Resene Quick Dry Primer or Resene Wood Primer

  5. Replace any putty using Red Devil synthetic putty, fill any nail holes etc, spot prime putty using Resene Wood Primer after allowing 24 hours to cure

  6. Topcoat options...

    • We recommend 2 coats of Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel
    • Alternatively for high gloss finish recommend 2 coats of Resene Enamacryl waterborne gloss

Also consider using: Mouldefender and CoolColour

Repainting wooden windows, doors and joinery - exterior


Scourer Flaking paint Glazing Compound

Key accessories

Add ons

  • Drop sheets
  • Resene Hot Weather Additive for hot dry conditions
  • Resene Galvo-One for spot priming Galvanised Iron flashings
  • Turps for Resene TimberLock, Resene Galvo-One or Resene Wood Primer if needed
  • Painter’s gloves (good for sanding and painting)
  • Resene MoulDefender
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