Lincoln Windows & Patio Doors

Owner's Manual

Finishes

Purchasing windows is not unlike buying other building products. When a question arises, a helpful guide can lead you through common questions such as finishing interiors/exteriors, adjusting a hardware system or cleaning glass.

Our owner’s manual is a user-friendly guide intended to provide information and recommendations related to Lincoln Windows and Patio doors. Products tend to look better and last longer with the proper care and maintenance.


Exterior Finishing

Primed/Natural Wood Products

Wood is a natural material and must be protected from the elements. Initial painting/staining and regular maintenance is necessary to achieve a long life product. Failure to paint/stain the exterior of your Lincoln product immediately after installation will void your warranty.

Primed products require painting immediately after installation. Factory priming is intended to protect products during handling and installation only. Primed products should not be subjected to long-term exterior exposure. Prior to painting:

  • All wood surfaces must be lightly sanded to remove any dirt or handling marks. After sanding, be sure to clean all surfaces to remove any sanding dust.
  • All nail holes filled.
  • All cracks sealed with good quality paintable sealant.
  • All cellular PVC materials cleaned with a good quality multi-purpose cleaner. See Exterior Finishing – cPVC Components for more information.

Two coats of top quality exterior latex paint are recommended. For proper paint selection see a qualified paint professional in your area. Be sure to follow the paint manufacturer’s instructions. NOTE: Top coats must lap on the glass by a minimum of 1/16”.

Natural wood products require painting or staining immediately after installation. Prior to painting or staining:

  • All wood surfaces must be lightly sanded to remove any dirt or handling marks. After sanding, be sure to clean all surfaces to remove any sanding dust.
  • All nail holes filled.
  • All cracks sealed with good quality paintable sealant.

Because wood is a natural product, variations of wood grain, color or texture may be experienced. Lincoln cannot be responsible for these color variations, and will not consider them a defect. Refer to Lincoln’s Limited Warranty. Consult with your paint professional for proper preparatory procedures to minimize these differences. A good quality pre-stain sealer is recommended in order to balance stain absorption between different grain densities of wood. Follow the paint manufacturer’s application recommendations for this process.

Pre-stain sealer, stain and two coats of varnish or primer and two finish coats of paint are recommended. NOTE: Top coats must lap on the glass by a minimum of 1/16”.

Sash of windows and panels of doors should be painted/stained in an open position or removed completely from the unit. Allow paint/stain to dry thoroughly before reinstallation or closing of window/door products. Be sure to protect any vinyl parts or weatherstripping from contact with paint/stain. Paint/stain may cause these materials to harden or become brittle and not perform their intended function. Do not paint/stain any parts that rely on friction contact for performance, (i.e. sash edges of glider and double hung windows). On all other units except the glider and double hung, the sash edges should be painted or stained.

Patio door panels must be sealed on all edges. Six sides for wood doors, five sides for clad doors. Patio doors both wood and clad must be sealed immediately after installation (see door sticker). After installation, install handle set to avoid water and moisture from getting into door.

Lincoln Wood Products, Inc. cannot be responsible for a door product that is not properly sealed or maintained. Improper painting or finishing of your Lincoln window/patio door products will void your warranty.

Field applied accessories, such as brickmould, spread mulls, panning systems, etc. and assembly of Lincoln fabricated products by others are not included in Lincoln’s warranty.

cPVC Components

Some Lincoln products utilize Cellular PVC (cPVC) material on exterior parts. Cellular components replace traditional wood materials in rot-prone areas. This may include exterior trims, sills and sill nosing. These white cPVC parts do not require painting (they only need to be cleaned with a good quality multi-purpose cleaner); however we recommend the sealing of all nail holes, cracks and gaps on the exterior.

If you choose to paint the cPVC parts, the use of 100% acrylic latex primer and exterior latex paint is recommended for application of light colors only (L Value of 50 or lighter). Example: Sherwin Williams Duration paint with VinylSafe color technology – available in 100 standard colors or custom colors using their Sher-Color computer custom matching system.

If a dark color (L Value of 50 or darker) paint is used, excess solar heat may be absorbed, subjecting the cPVC material to warping and distortion due to extremes of thermal expansion and contraction. This reaction is even more evident when these parts are exposed to direct sunlight in hot climates. Paint adhesion loss, blistering and peeling could also result.

NOTE: Lincoln does not recommend painting cPVC parts with dark color paints unless a good quality heat reflective paint is used, and that it is applied according to the paint manufacturer’s recommended application instructions. Failure to use heat reflective dark color paints on Cellular PVC parts will void your warranty and Lincoln will not be responsible for repair or replacement of any resulting damage due to distortion, warping, paint blistering, or peeling of paint on the Cellular PVC parts. Consult your paint professional for proper paint selection.


Interior Finishing

Just as with the exterior wood surfaces, raw interior wood surfaces also require finishing immediately after installation. Lincoln recommends painting over our factory applied primer immediately after installation. FirstFinish interiors require one additional top coat. Prior to painting or staining:

  • All wood surfaces must be lightly sanded to remove any dirt or handling marks. After sanding, be sure to clean all surfaces to remove any sanding dust.
  • All nail holes filled.
  • Primed interior – Apply two coats of high quality interior paint.
  • FirstFinish interior – Apply one coat of high quality interior paint.

Because wood is a natural product, variations of wood grain, color or texture may be experienced. Lincoln cannot be responsible for these color variations, and will not consider them a defect. Consult with your paint professional for proper preparatory procedures to minimize these differences. A good quality pre-stain sealer is recommended in order to balance stain absorption between different grain densities of wood. Follow the paint manufacturer’s application recommendations for this process.

Pre-stain sealer, stain and two coats of varnish or primer and two finish coats of paint are recommended. NOTE: Top coats must lap on the glass by a minimum of 1/16”.

Sash of windows and panels of doors should be painted/stained in an open position or removed completely from the unit. Allow paint/stain to dry thoroughly before reinstallation or closing of window/door products. Be sure to protect any vinyl parts or weatherstripping from contact with paint/stain. Paint/stain may cause these materials to harden or become brittle and not perform their intended function. Do not paint/stain any parts that rely on friction contact for performance, (i.e. sash edges of glider and double hung windows). On all other units except the glider and double hung, the sash edges should be painted or stained.

Patio door panels must be sealed on all edges. Six sides for wood doors, five sides for clad doors. Patio doors both wood and clad must be sealed immediately after installation (see door sticker). After installation, install handle set to avoid water and moisture from getting into door. Lincoln Wood Products, Inc. cannot be responsible for a door product that is not properly sealed or maintained. Improper painting or finishing of your Lincoln window/patio door products will void your warranty.