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Restoring a glass panel door part 2

Listed under Blog, Mythic paint, Painting, preparation Posted Feb 22 2013

This is a follow up to an article on how to restore a glass panel door. It is a modern door, but did it ever need restoring, after the builders and previous painters had finished with it! I would suggest this poor standard of finish is commonplace on new woodwork throughout UK, but it needn’t be that way.

The woodwork has been prepared and the glass masked up.

You run a bead of flexible acrylic caulk (I use Soudal acryrub to good effect) around the glazing bars, cleaning off excess with a filling knife. If you hold the knife at the correct angle, the excess caulk will conveniently separate and lie away from the glass, leaving you a tight line to the glass, without the “builders finger” effect.

Allow several hours for the caulk to dry and then you are ready to paint. Double check you have no caulk “snots”. Soudal acryrub will rub down to a certain degree.

Because you have masking tape in place, painting is a very quick process for each coat.

When the paint has dried, the masking tape will come off and leave a sharp, super white line. The advantage of this method is that the caulk is overlapping fractionally to the glass, and has a tight bond. I used Trimaco tape in this case.

A taped, caulked and painted window

This is an external window, where the glazing bars were poorly designed for painting. It received the same treatment as described above.

window taped and caulked

Painted with Mythic primer and 2 coats of Mythic semi gloss it came out exceptionally well, and multiplied across 20 or 30 windows, this approach was a massive time saver.

I have talked about this technique with a couple of other decorators who had thought about it in the past, but not tried it out in practice. What do you think?

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One comment to “Restoring a glass panel door part 2”

  1. Charles Budd

    Thanks for posting this – I’ve got a job with quite a few French Doors coming up, and this technique could save us quite a bit of time, as well as make them look a lot better than they are now!

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