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Old wooden screens can be rebuilt and made better than new
Follow these steps and your screens will be sealed from damaging moisture and will last a very long time
- Remove screen stops and old screening material
- Remove brads or nails that held screening in place (you can leave old staples if you hammer them down flush).
- Refasten frame so it is strong and square. I use a air powered 1 to 1 1/2 inch pin nailer to strengthen rail and stile portions of frame
- If necessary you can reinforce frame with metal brackets available at you hardware store.
- Scrape and sand surfaces. Use a vacuum sander to minimize any dust.
- Prime all surfaces; even those surfaces that will be hidden. If inside of screen is to be a different color that the outside then use a clear primer on the hidden surfaces where color will transition.
- Pre-prime and pre-paint all your new wood screen stops
- Pre-prime and apply 1st coat of paint to frame.
- Cut your new screening oversized a bit and use a air powered stapler to install new screen. Cut screening after fastening in place using a utility knife or one sided razor blade.
- Install new stop using a air assisted pin nailer with very short pins. Adjust pressure so you don’t put pin all the way through the very thin stop…just so it is flush
- Use an elastomeric caulk to fill seams and holes and wet wipe to make smooth
- Apply two more coats of paint Be sure to paint tops, bottom and sides of wood frame to wood will not take on water and peel!
- You have a very tight and durable screen!