Refinish Aluminum Windows

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I recently bought my first rental property and would like to show off some DIY savings I was able to capture. The windows were in pretty bad shape and I budgeted to replace them, 8 in total for about $2500. Upon closer inspection, all of the windows functioned great, they just looked horrible. I put in a little elbow grease and scraped off the old paint, put on some new paint, & put new window panes in. Total cost investment is $275! It was a lot of work getting some of the old window glazing out, but totally worth it.

Window Before

Window After

fantastic job, 

what products did you use?

Thank you for the compliment!

For the glass panes, I just had my local hardware store cut them to size - $4.99/pane. I then took some clear silicone caulk and caulked them in. For the glazing, I used this. I just cut it to the length and 45'd the ends and snapped them into place. For the paint, I used Rustoleum Oil based door paint; cranberry for the outside and white for the interior.

Wow, @Cory LaChance , those windows look awesome! How long did it take per window?

Thank you for the compliments! The first window took me around 3 hours and after that small learning curve I was able to knock the rest in about 1 hour a piece. I got all 8 windows done in a single weekend. 

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