DIY wooden window repair

Repair of windows made of wood Table of contents:

  • 1 What happened to the window
  • 2 Getting started
  • 3 Painting
  • 3.1 Video
  • 4 Warming
  • 4.1 Video
  • 5 loose sash
  • 6 sifting sash
  • 7 Elimination of a defect in wood

If you still have wooden windows in your house that you for some reason still not replaced with plastic, then it is possible that you were already interested in the question of how repair wooden windows. Such “self-service” is not just come out cheaper than an invitation from a specialist, a good master a glazier carpenter who agrees to tackle your old a window, these days it is very difficult to find.

What happened to the window

Problems of wooden windowsThe problems of wooden windows

The most common problems encountered owners of wooden windows, these are:

  • damage to the paint on which the window is coated;
  • the appearance of gaps through which it starts too much blow;
  • damage to window fittings;
  • skewed sash;
  • broken glass.

In especially severe cases, the resuscitation window is not subject to and will exit it’s much cheaper to replace it with a new plastic window.

Getting to work

Initial phase of repairInitial repair phase

Repair of wooden windows is usually carried out in early summer, when the air temperature in the street will approach 20-22 degrees and, opening window, you do not catch your apartment or room in the house.

Repair usually looks more like a full window restoration, although most of the operations below can be performed by separately (as necessary).

Repair begins by removing paper, strips of fabric, cotton or old rubber (foam) sealant for windows, thanks which in winter did not get cold air into your room through cracks in a wooden window. After that, the window surface must be carefully wash and let it dry (30-40 minutes).


Painting windowsWindow painting

  1. Use a spatula to remove peeling paint from the window. Scrub the small irregularities (drips) remaining from previous wood coloring. Do not forget about the windowsill.
  2. With a special putty (with an antiseptic), carefully align window surfaces (putty conveniently rubber spatula).
  3. Wait for the putty to dry completely.
  4. Mask over the edge of the glass adjacent to the masking tape. the surfaces you are about to paint.
  5. Paint the window with a brush.
  6. Remove masking tape. If drops hit the glass in some places Wipe them off with a cloth dampened with solvent.




  1. Mark each of the removable leaves by writing on it and on the adjacent part of the window frame is a serial number.
  2. Carefully remove the leaves from the hinges.
  3. Remove all old hardware and flaking from the sash and frame. paint.
  4. Sand surface roughness.
  5. Window insulationWindow insulation with an electric cutter cut a thin groove around the perimeter of the wings.
  6. Insert the seal into the groove using the sealing roller.
  7. A special blade (it looks like a glass scraper in aquarium) clean the edge of the glass adjacent to the wooden hardcover.
  8. Go to these places with silicone sealant from construction gun.
  9. Fit new fittings, also machining holes sealant (fit the fittings onto the liquid sealant so that it accepts desired shape). Remove excess sealant (still liquid).
  10. Replace the wings.
  11. Embed the mating parts of the locks (window pens).
  12. Putty the surface roughness of the window. Color the window.

Alternatively, the groove for the seal can be cut out not on the sash, but in the window box.


You will learn the secrets of window insulation from the following video:

Loose sash

Often, window sashes begin to loosen over a period of years in the corners where horizontal and vertical elements connect. To fix this problem you will need simple flat metal corners. Using screws, fasten them in the corners leaflets (on its inside).

After fixing the problem, check the evenness of the angles (they should all be 90 degrees).

Sifting sash


  1. If the sash suddenly began to cling to the bottom of the window box:
  2. Make sure that the leaf really sagged and not swelled under exposure to water (at the top between the sash and the frame should be gap).
  3. Remove the sash from the hinges.
  4. Place on the bottom of one of the hinges (on the window box) a small a washer (it can be put on both loops or only on top).
  5. Replace the sash.
  6. Check how the sash closes (you may have to put another washer or replace it with a thinner one so that achieve the best result).

If the sash only slightly touches the window with its lower part a box, it will be enough to lubricate it with wax (an ordinary candle).

Wood defect repair

Elimination of a defect in wood

Sometimes in the wood of a window box or casement appear “extra” holes (a knot fell out or an old trace from accessories, etc.). To eliminate such a defect, plan out a piece of wood suitable for the size of “chopik” and carefully hammer into hole, pre-lubricated with glue. Sand and putty place of repair.

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