How to Repair Broken Storm Window Shutters How to Repair Broken Storm Window Shutters
Repairing broken storm window shutters can be a difficult task if you have never done it before. Thankfully though, you do not have to replace broken storm window shutters if they have minor or even sometimes major problems. Most problems can be fixed easily on your own. Here is a quick guide that can help you through the process, as well as a few tools and materials that you may need.
Step 1 - Staple or Glue
Begin by deciding what the actual problem is. If there are only a few breaks, you can often use a staple gun and glue to fix it. When using the glue, carefully use a small brush to apply the glue to the shutter and allow it to dry. Try not to get it on yourself while you are working. You will want to decide which type of glue works best for your situation. You can decide between a super glue or even a hot glue gun. Many times though, the super glue is the way to go for the best results. If you are unsure about which type of glue you should be using for your window shutters, you can bring them or a picture to your local hardware store for more advice. Once you have glued the area that needs to be held back together, you can use the staple gun for any other parts that may need it. Be sure that when using the staple gun, you are wearing gloves and safety glasses to protect your eyes.
Step 2 - Fill
If there are holes in the shutters, you can often use a wood filler to cover them up and fill them in. Follow the directions on the wood filler to apply to the holes or nicks on the shutters. You will want to smooth out the filler once you are finished so there isn't a bumpy finish. If you have never worked with wood filler before, it is super easy to use. You can find it at any hardware store, however you may want to bring in the shutters or a picture if you don't have them painted. The reason for this is that many wood fillers come in shades that match the wood you are working with, so it does help to have the shutters with you so that you can match it up. However if you are painting the shutters anyways, you don't really have to worry about matching, just look for a wood filler that is a color similar.
Step 3 - Paint
Once you are finished you can use the same color to repaint the parts or all of the shutters again. Use a paintbrush and matching color to apply the paint and allow it to dry. If you don't want them to be painted a color, you can use a stain to protect them and paint it on the same way.