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Old 06-11-2012, 10:16 AM   #1
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I completed my first DIY window install yesterday...since I am a teacher I give myself a grade of a B. My 2 questions are this.

1.) I am not even sure if I installed the window correctly, but I know it is plumb, sealed, and opens and closes. The outside window stop is exposed (see pictures) and I was wondering if I can just sand off the old paint, prime, and paint with an exterior paint.

2.) I guess that leads to my second question, as I do not want to re wrap the window with aluminum, can I simply use an exterior paint to paint the existing window wrap?

Any help is appreciated, this site is great...I get such good reliable advice!
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I was wondering if I can just sand off the old paint, prime, and paint with an exterior paint.
Sure you can, just remember to prime any bare wood before you paint.

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Thanks Ron,

Any Suggestions on what type of paint to use for the Aluminum Window Trim?
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I'd use SW superpaint but I'm no paint pro.

Go to a SW, Ben Moore or a local brand paint store (not a box store) and ask them.

Keep in mind that the aluminum is likely PVC coated so you're not really painting aluminum.
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Always appreciated! Thanks for the help.
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+1 to KFR's advice... The only thing that I'd add is that it would be very easy and inexpensive for you to trim those blindstops in aluminum for the sake of uniformity. If you'd rather paint, add a bead of caulk from the existing cap to the blind stop.
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Thanks, HomeSealed...I know nothing about bending metal, but this might be a good way to learn/start. How would I bend the metal w/out a metal bender? Something maybe I could rent?
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You can rent a brake from Home Depot. It looks very intimidating, but in your case, you only need one bend in each piece to form it in the shape of an "L".

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