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How to Open a Painted Shut Window

By: Jodi Marks
Using a flat pry bar to open a window that has been painted shut.

Jodi Marks using a flat pry bar to open a window that has been painted shut.

To free paint stuck window:

  1. Score the paint film where the sash meets the frame on both the inside and outside of the window.
  2. Insert a putty knife in the gap between sash and frame, and run it around the opening on the inside and outside of the window.
  3. Position a flat pry bar on the outside of the window where the sash meets the sill, and tap it with a hammer to force the pry bar under the sash.
  4. Carefully pry the sash up, working from each side.

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  • James Cain Says:
    October 2nd, 2017 at 10:24 am

    One thing that I do is spray WD-40 along the edges to get into the groves to help the window slide up and down I also scrape the paint off the slides and finish with a steel wool to get the paint off and smooth it down for easy moving of the window. Takes time but the result is an easy sliding window.



  • Alison Perkins Says:
    March 31st, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    All my windows are painted shut in my 1930 bungalow home. Your video was very informative, however nothing was mention about the possibility of the paint containing lead. What would one do in that situation?


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How to Open a Painted Shut Window