Welcome to the 317th Metamorphosis Monday!
A few years ago I had the exterior of my home painted, actually it’s been about 6 years now. Wow, time has flown by! I was outside filling up my bird feeders recently and noticed something hanging down above one of the windowpanes in the bay window of my breakfast room.
On closer inspection I could see the glazing had cracked away from the window. I still have all my original windows and don’t ever want to replace them if I can avoid it. I really love the looks of a true divided light window so when I had the house painted, the painters re-glazed the windows that needed new glazing.
I’m pretty sure I know why the glazing on this window didn’t last. Looking at it up close, it’s obvious it never got primed and painted after the glazing was repaired. The rest of the window was painted but the painter somehow missed the top part of the window.
I did a bit of research on glazing windows and decided this was a DIY I could handle myself. I headed to True Value and purchased several tools in preparation for repairing the window glazing.
When glazing a window, one of the first things you’ll need to do is remove any old glazing that’s chipped or damaged. If the glazing is still in place and looks good for part of the window, it can stay, but it’s best to completely remove any glazing that looks chipped or loose because it can prevent the new glazing from adhering as it should.
Using the slanted end of the glazier tool, I scraped out the rest of the old glazing that ran along the top of the window. It’s important to work slowly and carefully when removing the old glazing to avoid breaking the glass. So don’t apply too much pressure, just not worth the risk.
Once I had all the old glazing removed, I wiped down the area with a cloth. You can use a stiff brush to do this, as well. This again just ensures there aren’t any little chips left behind that could interfere with how well the glazing adheres to the window.
This is a good time to point out something that you’ll want to be careful of while applying glazing. Notice how part of the wood window mullion on the other side is visible in the picture below since the glazing is missing. When applying the new glazing, be sure to not go below the bottom of the inside mullion because if the glazing extends too low, you’ll be able to see it from inside when looking out the window. The glazing you apply on the outside should not be visible to the eye from inside.
Here’s how glazing looks inside the container. Glazing also comes in a tube just like caulking. I decided to go old school and use the kind in the container. To start, I scooped out a good chuck of glazing compound with the glazier tool, around the size of a ping-pong ball. I rolled it around and around in my hands, letting the heat from my hands warm it up. You could probably wear those thin latex gloves for this part if you like. I did not and didn’t have any problems with the glazing sticking to my hands. Once the glazing was softened up, I applied it to the window with my glazier tool.
Tip: It’s best to glaze a window when the temperature outside is warm and comfortable. I found it a bit challenging to work with the glazing because it was in the low 50’s when I was doing the glazing and the windows were cold. So, I had almost no time to work with the glazing before it began to stiffen up again. Knowing what I know now, I probably should have waited until spring. So, keep that in mind and it will make the job go a bit easier.
Another thing that made the process a little trickier was the area I needed to apply the glaze was across the top of the windowpane. Applying glazing down the side or across the bottom of a window is a little easier. What I found worked best was after warming the glazing up in my hands, I rolled out a 4-5″ long section in a snake-like shape, kind of like we used to do with clay dough when we were kids. 🙂 Then I pressed the glazing snake up against the window pane where the old glazing had been. Don’t worry if it looks like there’s too much because it will get removed when you smooth out the glazing with the glazing tool.
In this previous picture, notice how the glazier tool is slanted.
That’s so you can press and smooth out the glazing, ensuring the glazing is slanting toward the window. This will help rain water run off the window and down the windowpane, plus, it just looks nicer. So, using my glazier tool, I pressed the glazing compound in place along the window, making my way down the window. Again, it’s best to do this when the temperature outside is a moderate temperature and not too cold because the glazing compound will stay pliable during the process.
Once the glazing compound was pressed smoothly again the window at an angle as shown below, I took my glazier tool and ran it along the glazing to smooth it out all the way down the length of the windowpane. If the edge of the glazing is a bit ragged against the windowpane, the edge of the glazier tool can be used to trim it so that it looks neat and tidy.
Since I was working in cold weather, I didn’t have time to smooth out the glazing compound quite as much as I would have liked before it began to harden, but I think it came out pretty well considering this was my first attempt at glazing. So you know what that means: if I can do this, you definitely can! After the glaze has had plenty of time to dry, I’ll prime it and paint it.
Glazing windows is just like anything else, the more you do it, the easier it will get. So don’t get frustrated if your first attempt doesn’t look very tidy. Just pull the glazing back out while it’s still soft, roll it around in your hands to warm it up again and press it back into the window again for a do over. The compound I was working with was pretty forgiving, despite the cold temperatures. So, this process should be even easier when done on a pretty day with more moderate temps.
Have you ever repaired or replaced old glazing in a window? Have any great tips to share? Would love to hear them!
I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.
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