Over the years, window designs have changed to improve building aesthetics, block storms, let in breezes, and provide views of the trees, moon, and space beyond. Not to mention that they have endured decades of misuse. However, antique wood sash windows can easily last another century with some maintenance and repairs.
Only through experience can one become skilled in window glazing, a blend of science and art. If you’re just starting with Glass Window Repair Sydney, sash from the back room or the barn will give you satisfactory results as you hone your skills. You’ll get more proficient once you’ve completed ten sashes while attempting to improve on each one. When you get to your front windows, the glazing will be in excellent condition.
STEPS TO MAKE YOUR OLD WINDOWS LOOK NEW
There are numerous steps involved in Awning Repairs and making your old wooden windows look brand new; they include:
1. PRE-TREAT IF REQUIRED
This procedure might not be necessary if every piece of wood is absolutely sound. If the lower sash’s bottom rail’s bottom edge is in good shape, it doesn’t need to be treated because it has served its purpose successfully while bare for so long. Pre-treat it, nevertheless, if it demonstrates signs of water degradation.
Use a pre-treatment to the naked wood and then coat the muntin bars, muntins, and the sash (both faces). If you’re using consolidating oil, use enough at each junction so it can absorb in and treat the end grain inside, as well as the glazing rabbets.
2. SAND WOODEN SURFACES
There should be no rough edges or surfaces. Nibs and whiskers should be sanded before using a HEPA vacuum. Remove the dust with a tack cloth if needed.
3. PRIME THE SASH
With the exception of the face margins and side edges (which run in the tracks), prime every surface of the sash. If the glazing rabbets have already received an oil-resin treatment, do not prime them. Allow drying completely.
When priming the glazing rabbets, begin by brushing a little amount of primer onto each joint [B], allowing the primer to sink into the joint and seal the end grain. When you return to brush the priming across the surface, it is easier and faster to get primer into the corners if you leave a little primer puddled on the surface at joints. This is because leaving primer puddles on the surface at the joints allows the primer to pool.
4. SAND PRIMED SURFACES
In the same way, smooth out any rough spots by using sandpaper. Use a HEPA vacuum, a brush, and a tack cloth to remove the dust. Any bare places or regions of wood where the primer was removed by sanding should be repainted.
A few additional steps can help your old wooden windows look brand-new:
- Set glazing points
- Tool the face putty
- Polish and clean the pane
- Tool the back putty
- Polish and clean the panes
- Prime the putty, if needed
- Paint the sash and putty
After painting your windows with acrylic house paint, carefully wipe off the sash’s side edges and the meeting rails’ surfaces with a rag to remove any excess paint. This will lessen the likelihood that the sash stops and sticks on the sash track.