Beware. Lengthy potentially boring post!
One of my least favourite renovating projects is reglazing windows. This time the boat room window got stuck and as Martin pushed it hard on one side the pane broke. I had planned on repainting and recementing the putty on this window and had "saved" it for next year but now that the outer pane on the double glazing broke I had to do something about it before it gets to cold. Because this window swings out from the top of the frame we had to remove the whole thing and board the opening up until it was all finished.
Wille caught me with surprize as I removed the broken panes. The inner one had a hairline crack too and I decided to change them both while I was at it. I broke the panes bit by bit wearing the attractive safety glasses and gloves.
Once all the glass and dried old putty was removed I sanded the frame down with my trusted mouse.
I painted the window frame inside and out with a new special window paint that supposedly will not stick as much as the older versions. I wasn't entirely happy with the paint. It was kind of like painting wood with an emulsion. Hopefully it will be ok.
Our new panes waiting to be mounted. Packages like these always freak me out. I get the feeling I'll break then just by looking at them.
Gooooo!!! This is the linseed oil putty. Very sticky so wear rubber gloves for this job.
I then pressed the putty all around into the frame for the first pane to rest on. No need to do a nice job at this point. Just make sure there's putty everywhere.
Once the pane was laid on top of the putty I pressed lightly all the way around. This will make the putty squeeze out underneath…
…so you then take a putty knife and scrape off the excess. Just pull it along the pane and frame.
To make the pane stay put inside of the frame you hammer in these special metal pins. They come in a long stick and once you've hammered one in you break it off…
… and it looks like this. Hammering along the pane is a little bit intmidating, but the glass is stronger than you think so don't worry, it'll be ok.
More putty. This time on the top of the pane along the frame. Again you go all around and …
…then take your putty knife, place it at an angle and pull it at a 45 degree angle along the frame and pane. Pick off the excess…
… and when you're done take a brush, dip it in water and brush the putty. This apparently helps harden the putty and a the same time you even out little bumps.
Because the putty is so sticky you will get some on the frame and pane so use a lint free cloth with some white spirit on it and clean along the putty.
This is what it looks like when done. This type of putty needs to harden for weeks before it can be painted so I'm finishing the painting later on.
Because I removed both panes I had to do all the steps above twice before being able to close the window. Sigh. But here I'm finally done. Yay!