Breathe Life Back into Your Home’s Windows: How to Repair a Chipped Wooden Sash
When it comes to repairing a chipped wooden window sash, you don’t need to be a carpenter to take on the project. With the right tools and some patience, you can easily repair it yourself and save some money in the process.
The first step to repairing a chipped wooden window sash is to identify the source of the chip. If you’re lucky enough to have the piece of wood that was chipped out of the window, you’re in great shape. Simply fit the chip in the sash and make sure the fit is perfect. If all is fine, apply wood glue to the site as well as the piece of wood and press it into place. If, however, it doesn’t fit, you will need to proceed to the next step, which is to fill it in with wood filler.
Once the chipped area is free of any splinters or loose bits, you can begin to fill the hole. To begin, sand the site until it is smooth. You can then opt to use an emery board for finer sanding, or use a tack cloth to remove any dust particles.
When selecting a type of wood filler, it is important to choose one that’s thick and quick-drying. If the wood filler is too runny, it can seep down into the window sill and create a mess. Apply the wood filler to the hole or chip and be sure not to fill it in too much.
Once the wood filler has set, it will be quite a bit harder than the surrounding wood, and you will be left with a bump. Using a power sander, carefully sand the filler until it is flush with the rest of the window. Once the stain is dust-free, simply apply a few coats of paint to match the color of the window.
Repairing a chipped wooden window sash can be a real cost-saver, but it is also an excellent opportunity to get empowered and learn a new skill. Even if you’re a beginner, as long as you are patient and follow the right steps, you’ll be able to repair your window sash in no time. In the end, you’ll be proud of your accomplishment, and have the satisfaction of knowing that you did the job yourself.