Window glazing makes an airtight, watertight seal between glass and wood sashes. A pro shows how to glaze a window with putty, a putty knife and glazier points.
Window glazing is necessary to keep our wooden windows weather tight. Windows can be glazed with either oil-based or water-based glazing.
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DIY Wood Storm Window
Recently I built a wood storm window. In that post I confessed I’m not good at glazing a window. The glazing putty always pulls away from the frame when I try to smooth it. It feels like it takes me FOREVER to glaze a window and it’s frustrating for me.
This time I contacted a local window shop to do the glazing for me. I asked Bill if I could take some pics of the process. Today, I’m sharing with you how an expert glazes a window.
What is Reglazing a Window?
Reglazing a window means removing all of the old glazing putty and adding new glazing putty. I built a new wood storm window, so my project needed to be glazed rather than reglazed.
How to Remove Old Window Glazing
There are several ways to remove old window glazing. A heat gun can be used to soften and remove the old window glazing. A window glazing removal tool can also be used to remove old putty.
I have a word of caution about removing old window glazing. As I mentioned earlier, I’m not good at glazing a window. I’m also not good at removing window glazing. I’ve broken the glass every time I tried to remove old window putty!
Old window glass is fragile and the glazing points used to hold the glass in place act as a pressure point. One wrong move near those glazing points and CRACK the glass breaks.
Here’s what I do instead of completely removing all of the old window glazing. I simply remove the loose pieces of glazing with a putty knife. Next I use a ShopVac to remove any residue. Then I just replace the areas of missing window glazing.
Oil and Latex Window Glazing
Oil-based window glazing is traditional to old windows, takes longer to dry, and I would be able to take the window with me when he was finished.
The water-based window glazing dries more quickly, but it needs time to set, so I would need to leave the window and pick it up later.
I decided to go with the oil-based window glazing so I could take the window with me.
How Long Does it Take Glaze to Dry?
The drawback to oil-based glazing is the time it takes to dry. Bill told me the directions for the glazing he used on my window recommends allowing it to dry 30 days before painting. 30 DAYS!
That’s a long time! He said that he usually only waits a few days before painting. I waited about 21 days before applying a latex exterior stain to my storm window.
The advantage of water-based window glazing is that it dries quickly. This means it can be painted sooner. After about three days it can be painted with an exterior latex paint or after about a week it can be painted with an exterior oil-based paint.
How to Glaze a Wood Window
- Cut the glass
- Install the glazing points
- Knead the putty
- Push the putty into groove
- Use a putty knife to bevel the glazing between the glass and wood sash
How to Glaze a Wood Window Tutorial
Glazier points or glazing points
Step 1. Cut the Glass. Bill has more than 30 years experience working with glass so he was able to cut the glass for my storm window freehanded. We would probably want to use a straightedge and a glass cutter.
Step 2. Install the Glazing Points. Glazing points hold the glass in the window frame while the glazing putty dries. Bill used a point driver to install the glazing points. We can also use a Push Mate Point Setting Tool.
Step 3. Apply the Putty. The glazing putty is easier to work when it’s warm. Bill kneaded the putty to warm it up and then pushed the putty into to the rabbet with his fingers.
Using a putty knife he pressed the putty and dragged to form a bevel between the glass and wood sash.
Step 4. Paint or Stain. I waited about 21 days before applying two coats of latex exterior stain to my storm window.
Window glazing is necessary to keep our wooden windows weather tight. Windows can be glazed with either oil-based or water-based glazing. Oil-based glazing is traditional but needs about 30 days before it can be painted. Water-based glazing is modern and dries quickly, so it can be painted sooner.
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