The cost of painting exterior window frames varies depending on the window size and material. The most common are wood and metal.

The average cost of painting the exterior window frames is $1 and $3 per linear foot. Typically you may pay around $170 per window.

Below we look at the size and material of windows and what you might pay.

Below is a current cost guide for painting exterior window frames:

Per Linear Foot$5.05$3.25$1.85
Estimated Total Per Window$450$300$170

These costs can change with your location, the type of window frame, and the kind of paint. Also, the number of window frames you want to paint significantly affects the price of the job. In addition, the time of year and the hired contractor are other factors that determine how much you pay to paint external window frames.

Note that this cost estimate does not include the tax on supplies and supervision charges if a contractor supervises the job. You may want to add about 15 to 20% of the total cost of the painting job to the total to cover this supervision expense. Furthermore, the estimate does not include testing and remediation costs for hazardous materials and repairing, removing, or modifying the frames and other parts before painting.

Factors affecting the cost of painting external window frames

Several crucial factors should inform the budget you make for painting the exterior frames of your windows. Using a general cost guide may not apply if you live in specific areas or have more windows that need attention than other people. Let us discuss these factors to help you see how they impact costs.


Where you live can significantly change the amount you pay. For example, if you live in a high-brow area of New York, you may pay more than someone who lives in another part of the same city. Also, the contractor you hire can affect the price per city or state. Self-employed painters may charge less than hiring a company. Plus, you must consider the rates per hour for painting jobs in your locality.

Time of year

Certain times of the year are better for painting jobs than others. Working in winter is not ideal and tends to cost more than working in spring or summer. It is not only about how the weather affects the painters but also how the paint dries. Some paint types do not react well in icy weather, even with primer. Therefore, the time of the year when you want to paint the window frames can change the costs.

Frame condition

The estimated price for painting window frames does not include special repairs or removals. In other words, the condition of the window frames plays a role in how much you pay at the end of the day.

The more worn the frames are, the more the contractors will charge because they will need to repair damaged areas or remove damaged parts, which takes time and effort. The cost may significantly increase if the windows are large and there are many of them to fix.

The number of windows

One of the primary cost determinants in painting window frames is the number of windows involved in the job. This is primarily affected by the size of the house. A flat or apartment will not have as many windows as a bungalow or a duplex. And when it comes to duplexes, a semi-detached one may have fewer windows than a fully detached duplex, depending on the number of rooms.

Therefore, fixing and painting the windows in a duplex will cost more than those in a flat or apartment. In other words, the more windows there are to paint, the higher the cost, regardless of the contractor or city.


It is usually easier to paint windows on low-rise buildings than on high ones. Painting exterior window frames on tall buildings involves using ladders or scaffolding. It is best to use scaffolding rather than ladders for such jobs because of safety. Where ladders may be unstable, especially if there is no one to balance them, scaffolding is more balanced and easier to use.

Depending on the height of the windows, the painter may need to hire scaffolding or a ladder. This adds to the cost. They will also charge extra for the height they have to climb, and the higher they go, the more they charge.


Some colors cost more than others. Painting window frames black will cost more because more tint is required to mix up the paint.

Hiring the right painter

Before taking on any painter, there are several checks to ensure they are the right fit for the job.

  • First, check for certifications and proof of a license. It is best to use a licensed painter than one without a license for verification purposes.
  • Second, check their work portfolio. The painter must have proof of past jobs to help you determine whether or not they are good enough for you to employ.
  • Third, check insurance coverage. Any contractor you hire must have adequate public liability insurance coverage in the event of damage to the window frames or any form of injury. They must have a way of covering the costs, so you are not saddled with extra expenses.
  • Next, check for trade association membership. Contractors in trade associations usually have a credible work record, and you can trust them.
  • The reason is that they are answerable to specific regulations, so they are more likely to do an excellent job. You can also ask questions to get the necessary feedback on the painter you want to hire.
  • Finally, you may want to check what is included in the quote the contractor presents. That should inform the total cost. Check all the materials, including the type of paint and scaffolding or ladder, if applicable. The paint must be for exterior use and must have a guarantee of not less than five years.

Doing the painting yourself

If you want to paint the exterior frames yourself, there are several things you will need. These include:

  • Heat gun
  • Cloth
  • Decorator’s knife
  • Exterior paint
  • Primer, wood filler
  • Window brush
  • Masking tape
  • Silicon for the windows
  • Sanding block

Steps for DIY exterior window painting

  1. Remove accessories from the windows and use the heat gun to remove the old paint.
  2. Next, sand the window frames down and clear the sanding dust with a cloth dipped in water and squeezed free of the water.
  3. Use some of the wood filler for areas that need repairing, and when the filler dries, do another round of sanding. Remove the sanding dust as before.
  4. Now, apply a layer of primer, let it dry completely, and apply a second layer. Allow this layer to dry before applying the first layer of paint.
  5. Apply about three layers of paint for the best result; use the same layers of primer and paint for all the window frames for a uniform effect.
  6. Finally, replace the accessories on the windows or change them if necessary.
Ben McInerney
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