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Old 11-08-2007, 06:15 AM   #1
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A squirrel chewed up all the window frames (and mullions) in a room in which it was trapped. I tried to repair damage with water putty but couldnt shape the mullions neatly. Has anybody dealt with this problem?

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There's a way to repair the mullions. Similiar to the way they repair plaster moldings around ceilings. It will require a metal plate cut to the mullions profile. It might also require a different filler then the water putty filler.
This will be fairly labor intensive from the sound of the extent of the damage. Are you sure you wouldn't just replace the windows?
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As Ron suggested,use a metal plate cut to the profile.
If these are painted,than you can use Bondo (used to repair dents in cars).
It will come with a catalyst which is mixed with the putty to help it set up.

Depending on how much of the catalyst you add,the speed at which it sets up will vary,so you may have to experiment a little.I've seen it used on old worn and rotten door sills,and holds up great.
Try to keep the application as close to the original profile as possible because it will be easier when feathering in the edges.
Get the body filler without the fiberglass in it.

If the damage isn't too deep,there is a finishing putty,that will work also.
Check your local automotive store.

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the idea of a metal template to repair frames sounds good --thanks for your help --I can make a mould of the mullion with plaster or paper mache and send it to a metal fabricator to make the plate for me ....if they'll handle a job that small
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Actually, there is no need to use bondo. You can use a similar product put out by ''Minwax'' - it's a putty for wood and works on the same principle as bondo. If you go that route, I would suggest that you do your first trial run using "Ready Patch"...
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Why not replace as many damaged pieces as you can? A lot easier to work with wood. Then use a catalysed filler to repair what's left.
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Why not replace as many damaged pieces as you can? A lot easier to work with wood. Then use a catalysed filler to repair what's left.
That was my first thought too, but to each...his own...
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Why not replace as many damaged pieces as you can? A lot easier to work with wood. Then use a catalysed filler to repair what's left.
How would you remove wood pieces, attached through the glass to the exterior, while not doing damage to each glass pane? You might finess one or two pieces, but you'll never get through the job without doing extensive damage to both the mullion frame and the glass.
Where are you going to get matching mullion profiles if you did?
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How would you remove wood pieces, attached through the glass to the exterior, while not doing damage to each glass pane? You might finess one or two pieces, but you'll never get through the job without doing extensive damage to both the mullion frame and the glass.
Where are you going to get matching mullion profiles if you did?
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I only caught "Mullions", I missed the point about the window frames (and grids too, I assume)...
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Actually, there is no need to use bondo. You can use a similar product put out by ''Minwax'' - it's a putty for wood and works on the same principle as bondo. If you go that route, I would suggest that you do your first trial run using "Ready Patch"...
Are you recommending Ready Patch for repair of frames/mullions or Miniwax product or are they the same?

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