After a short, but informative powerpoint presentation on the value of restoring old wooden sash windows, Lynn introduced the volunteer work crew to the wonders of steam as it relates to the removal of glass and paint from window sashes. The individual pane steamer is a handy device for removing glass from sashes. Ten sashes with six panes each were to be worked on. Of the sixty panes, only three were lost to breakage, and they were broken in the sash before the process started. All participants were amazed at the efficiency of this device because we had all tried to remove glass with various hand tools. The steam process is quick, easy, and with no loss of glass.The steam chest that Lynn brought was used to soften paint on the sashes after glass removal. With 20 to 30 minutes exposure to steam in the cabinet, paint can be removed with appropriate scrapers with little effort and no paint/lead dust.
Because not all of the paint could be removed on the 14th, Lynn left a steam generator and cabinet for follow-up use. Progress continues to be made on preparing the sashes for painting and reglazing.
Three workshop participants rehabbing windows for their restoration project.
Thank you to our blog contributor, Frank Roleff, for this complimentary article. For more information about having Lynn at one of your workshops, click HERE.
Don’t believe how easy it can be to rehab your own windows? Watch this video and you’ll be convinced! Historic Window Rehabilitation with Lynn Stasick
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