Accessing window above front door for painting

14 Sep 2021
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Upstairs window frames really need painting. Will require sanding and putting on a few coats.
I haven't painted upstairs windows before (DIYer) and get the impression hiring a scaffold tower is the best way to go. However, I can see two problems:

1) How do those with semi-detached/terraced houses use outriggers - aren't the neighbours' fences too close?
2) Of the four upstairs windows that need painting, one of them is above the front door, which has a slab covering on it. It also covers the neighbour's door, so is really wide. From pictures of the scaffold tower, it looks like it will prevent me from accessing this window

What should I do? Thanks

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Out of curiosity which windows are yours?
Unless I'm very much mistaken ( ...and it wouldn't be the first time :) ), both sets of windows look like uPVC - sanding and painting shouldn't really be necessary!
On the right - actual window is pvc, but outer frame and sill is wood (this is unusual, right?)
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On the right - actual window is pvc, but outer frame and sill is wood (this is unusual, right?)
Aahh, I see!
I was so focused on the white of the window, I didn't notice/realise you were talking about the brown surrounds to the window - they are pretty well disguised to be fair! :)
That does seem a little unusual!

Something I have done to maintain my soffits - I have removed the sealed units from the double glazing - this might be something to consider (although some glazing is easier to remove than others) and saves the hassle of getting a scaffold tower?

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