Is it a complete nightmare? We can't decide whether to strip, treat and paint our bay window or replace it. How long would it take to strip? If I got someone in to do it, who would I get (an odd job person?) and how much do you think would be reasonable to pay?
You can paint a propriary woodstripper on and leave it for a few days. Then more or less peel the paint off in sheets. Then sand, then undercoat twice then gloss paint twice.
If the window is rotten as well you will need to dig out the rotten wood, treat the remainder with a wood preserver, leave the whole thing to dry, then fill and leave to dry, then sand and then paint with undercoat twice and then paint with gloss piant twice. All this after the initial stripping and sanding of course.
It took me 4 weekends last summer to do our garage windows this way.
You could get a quote for a new window to compare and then its a question of how much value you put on your own time.
There's no rot as far as we can tell. We definitely need to remove the old paint at it hasn't been done for twenty years (I should think at least - we only just moved in) and so is peeling very badly and patches of bare wood are exposed. We want to do inside and out.
Do we need to ensure dry weather? Should we wait till summer?