Customizing Window Finishes: Window Staining Tips

Sometimes, there’s just no pre-made window finish that suits your taste. This is especially true for homeowners who veer towards the creative side of things. That’s why some take it upon themselves to customize their windows by staining them.

It can be easy to ruin the aesthetic of premium windows, like those from Renewal by Andersen®, however. That’s why Renewal by Andersen of Quad Cities, your go-to company for specialized windows, like bow windows, shares some tips on how to properly stain windows below.

Staining Essentials Checklist

Starting the staining progress only to discover your missing a few materials can be frustrating and leave you prone to making mistakes. That’s why we’ve prepared a checklist of all the materials you’ll need.

  • Sample material with a wood veneer
  • Wood conditioner
  • Painter’s tape
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Latex gloves
  • Oil-or-water-based wood stain
  • Fast drying polyacrylic finish
  • Fine grit sanding block
  • Wooden stir sticks
  • Foam pad applicator
  • Mild cleaning solution

Staining Process

Clean the surface of the window frame using the wood conditioner; a cleaner surface will allow the veneer to bond strongly with the stain. Lightly sand the frame in the direction of the grain using fine-grit sandpaper. Avoid using steel wool. Finally, remove the dust with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Once you’re done preparing the frame’s surface, it’s time to start staining your windows. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions while applying the stain, and open all the windows to ensure there’s enough ventilation in the room.

What Not to Use and What to Avoid Staining

Certain materials are susceptible to damage by certain cleaning solutions and stains. For example, Renewal by Andersen windows are made up of wood fibers and thermoplastic polymers that can be easily damaged by polyurethanes and other solvent-based wood stains.

Take care not to stain your window’s weatherstrip, gaskets, silicone bead, locks, jamb liners, or any surface that meets with another surface.

For those who prefer a more traditional look that gives a familiar warmth to your home, Renewal by Andersen of Quad Cities’ expansive catalog likely has a window that suits your tastes. From general windows to specialized windows, like casement windows, our catalog offers premium window options that come in a range of styles.

To find out what your options are, call us at (309) 644-4769 or leave us a message on this form. We serve homeowners in Rock Island, IL.