11:17AM | 06/09/01
Member Since: 06/08/01
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I'm trying to repair some old double hung windows. The glazing is old and hard and I end up breaking the windows. I'm resorted to patching the glaze but would rather do it right. Any suggestions? Thank you.


01:19PM | 06/09/01
If you heat the glazing with (if you have one) a heat gun for removing paint it will remove easier. Be very careful not to heat in one spot too long or to expose the glass to a lot of heat. Pass the heat gun over the glazing pointed toward the glazing and then try prying it off with a putty knife. Just used this method on my windows which are 60 yrs old and didn't break a one. Don't forget to paint the seat area of the glass before you reinstall and reglaze. Put a thin line of glazing compound on the seat area also and gently push the glass onto it. Have not tried this with a hair dryer, but it might work, now that I think about it.


04:28AM | 06/12/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Use hard plastic tools to remove glazing instead of metal tools - less likely to break the glass.


05:24PM | 06/16/01
Member Since: 06/08/01
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Thanks for the tip with the heat gun. It worked great. I'm excited! I may actually get this done and save my old windows.

One quick question...the top panes in the lower sash slide into a groove in the upper edge. That edge doesn't just set in like the other 3 edges (and all the other panes). There is some old glazing compound in there...I'm going to carefully use a Dremel to get it out.

My question is do I apply glazing to that area? Seems the only thing I can do is put a small bead of glazing in the groove and then push the window down into it.

Any ideas?




10:47AM | 06/17/01
John: You have it right, the only thing you can do is put a bead of glazing in and slide the pane into it, wipe the glazing that squeezes out smooth. Glad the heat gun worked for you. Have reglazed 14 windows in my house using that method. Also if you see that the paint does not want to stick to the window frames, strip them down using the heat gun, make up a mixture of 1/2 mineral spirits and 1/2 linsead oil, paint onto wood, let it absorb for about 20 mins. wipe with a cloth and then prime and paint. Works every time. Had quite a few window frames that had been painted and paint would peel off in 8 to 10 mos. Used that mixture and have had no further problems.
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