How to Keep Windows and Doors From Sticking After Painting?

doors and windows sticking after painting

Every time you paint your doors or windows, it makes the house so new and fresh.

But, alas, that feeling fades quickly every time the doors or windows start sticking everywhere, leaving a mess and also making the newly done paint peel off. 

On top of that, it may be heartbreaking and embarrassing when you welcome visitors to your house.

Because house owners like the solitude and security of a closed door, keeping it wide open until it dries is also not an option.  

Remodelers may avoid this typical issue by preparing carefully and planning ahead of time.

Here are a few tips you can apply. 

1- Selecting the Best Time 

Start this endeavor on a sunny and warm day with minimal humidity to prevent a sticky situation.  

Door or window painting in humid or wet weather delays the drying and causes stickiness. 

Begin your outside door job in the dawn to provide enough time for the door to dry.  

Paint the door on the first and second day of the window.

The continual rubbing of both newly painted stuff together is reduced by spreading out the painting process. 

2- Preparing the Door and Window 

Begin by thoroughly inspecting them for previous paint drips and rust stains. 

Paint contact improves when you paint a clean and smooth door.

Sand away lumps and bumps to cure the paint evenly and reduce the possibility of the newly painted jamb sticking to the door.

Also, before painting the door, remove the weather stripping.  

Wet paint adheres to rubber gaskets. After you’ve finished painting, put on the new gasket.

3- Using the Paint 

To stop doors and windows from sticking with fresh paint first apply the primer for optimum paint adherence. 

After applying the primer, use a nylon paintbrush to apply oil-based paints.

Place them out and open them in the direct sunlight.

Keep in mind that a successful paint cure requires enough drying time. 

For oil-based paints, it should take around 24 hours to dry, while latex paints can get ready in about 4 to 6 hours, after which you can then install hardware like hinges, doorknobs, etc.

4- Lubricants 

To decrease sticking, lubricate doors and windows that are connected to the frame.

To prevent sticking, rub the top and corners of the door with a dry soap, petroleum jelly, paraffin wax, or a home lubricant spray.

A temporary repair is to apply lubrication to the door edges and top. 

If the door adheres to the frame, there might be underlying causes that do not include the paint; for example, the door could be poorly hung, or the hinges could be drooping.

lubricate doors and windows to prevent sticking

5- Use Wax to Protect 

Placing wax paper between the door jamb and door is one method for preventing paint stickiness. 

The wax in the paper acts as a barricade between the two.

Don’t put paper in a door frame right away. Instead, allow one to two hours for it to dry. 

Then, before shutting the door for the night, put wax paper to avoid sticking.

The use of wax paper on wet paint can ruin the painting.  

After the paint has dried, another wax approach is to brush a candle across the borders of doors. 

This protects the fresh door from the freshly completed jamb. 

6- Hinge Modifications 

Thick paint may cause a door to be too large for the frame, causing the paint to adhere to the frame when the door is closed. 

The door may be stuck stiff enough that pulling or pulling is required while using/

Sticking paint may sometimes be remedied by tightening or adjusting the hinges. 

Tighten the hinge screws first, then examine them for improvement. 

Another hinge modification is to replace the long screws that slide into the two central hinge pieces with longer ones. 

Remove the hinges if this does not lessen or eliminate the paint clinging. Wood putty should be used to fill up the holes on the side. 

Place the door in the frame with enough room between the top of the door and the frame. 

Make a note on the door where the hinges need to be moved. Drill new holes for the hinges and install them in the lower places. 

7- Sanding / Planing 

The top or edges of the adhering painted door might be sanded. There is sometimes just too much paint. 

Sand the top or edges of the door, depending on where it is sticking.  

I recommend removing superfluous layered paint with a wood chisel and then clean sanding.

Planning a door is the process of removing a tiny bit of wood from the top of the door to allow it to swing inside the frame. 

Insert cardboard between the frame and top of the door to examine where the door or frame is contacting and sticking. 

Remove the door after marking the sticking points with a pencil.  

Shave the door in the direction of the corner to the center over the designated locations using a jack plane. 

Sandpaper should be used to sand the planned region. Using a level, check the planned area to verify it is even. The planned area may then be painted. 

What causes doors and windows to stick after painting?

Weather and season changes may cause doors and windows to stick.

A wood door or frame swells as a result of moisture and heat. They shrink in cold temperatures. A bulging door may get stuck to its frame. 

If you reside in a humid area or if your doors often seem to cling when it rains, humidity and moisture may also be the source of your issue. 

There is a lot of excess moisture in the air in humid locations and after rain, which gets absorbed into the woodwork of your doors and windows and causes them to expand somewhat. 

When an unsealed or old door dries out, it may absorb moisture, causing drying and cracking of the wood.  

However, moisture absorption should not be an issue if the door has been properly sealed after you apply the paint.  

If the painted door is clinging to the frame as a result of climatic change, the door will gradually compress, reducing or eliminating the sticking after painting.


For a variety of causes, a painted door or window may get stuck to the frame. 

They include poor fit, excessive paint, and maybe swelling due to dampness. 

To ensure the success of this technique, the door and window should be carefully sanded, sealed, and painted. 

Before you hang the door and window back up, make sure it’s entirely dry.

I hope this has solved all your queries. 

If you liked what you read, let me know in the comments, and also, don’t forget to share this post with someone who you think might benefit from this.

Especially someone who DIYs paints the doors and windows of their homes and suffers the stickiness every time they paint.

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