Opening all the windows in your home is one of the first sure signs spring has arrived! After a long winter, you might notice your home is in need of a little love. Tackling spring cleaning is much easier if you open all the windows, turn up some great music and get moving!
Painting and staining trends come and go, but a stained wood window will always be a classic way to bring warmth and nature into any home. While you can order pre-stained windows from Pella, there’s a benefit to the DIY approach of staining them at home — the sky is the limit in color selection.
You can always choose a stain from a variety of available samples, but staining at home gives you even more control over the outcome, especially if you're using a unique color choice.
Several readers have expressed interest in learning how to stain wood windows, so today that’s exactly what we’re going to show you how to do. Scroll below for a step-by-step tutorial from the window experts at Pella.
Before we get started, here’s what you’ll need:
- Several rubbing cloths
- Vinegar-based cleaning solution
- Pre-stain wood conditioner
- Wood stain (your choice of color)
- Exterior-grade finishing coat
- Soft staining brush
Setup. Break-down the window into its primary components. This will vary based on the type of window you have, so you will need to refer to the product instructions. To avoid getting stain on the glass, be sure to use painter’s tape to keep clean lines. Remove hardware and any other detachable pieces that are on the surfaces you plan to stain.
1. Prep. Prep the wood surfaces by lightly sanding with the grain of the wood.
2. Wash. Use a cloth and premixed vinegar-based cleaning solution to wash the glass, rubbing from several different directions. If streaks remain after rubbing, rinse with clean water.
3. Masking. Mask off the glass and any other areas that need to be protected from the finish.
4. Pre-stain. Use a good-quality pre-stain wood conditioner to reduce the possibility of a blotchy-looking or uneven finish. Ask your paint professional to recommend a pre-stain wood conditioner, stain and finish coat for windows and doors. Apply the pre-stain conditioner according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
5. Stain. Evenly apply your stain based on the stain manufacturer's recommendation. Multiple coats may be necessary to get your desired color.
6. Finish. Finish by applying an appropriate amount of finish coat(s) based on the manufacturer's instructions. Multiple coats may be necessary to get your desired look and performance.
If the DIY route sounds like it's too much for you, consider Pella's pre-stained windows!