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Old 11-05-2010, 01:52 PM   #1
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I had some steel casement windows glazed at the beginning of Sept this year. The putty used was an oil based putty of a gray color which I was told was specifically for steel casement windows. Now, barely 2 months later the putty is cracking and the company that did it says the problem is that we didn't paint it to seal it. I've never seen glazing putty painted before and didn't know that sealing was required. I'm wondering if that is standard practice today and I'm just out of touch or is that just an excuse. Any comments?

FWIW, my current house, built in the '50s, uses aluminum single-hung windows and the putty in those windows has never been painted. Of course the putty is cracked now ... but it's been more than 50 years. thanks

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Old 11-05-2010, 07:56 PM   #2
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The glazing compound should have been painted. Was it?
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Old 11-06-2010, 11:08 AM   #3
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The glazing compound should have been painted. Was it?
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No. Nobody ever mentioned that it should be painted. As per the initial post, it is news to me.

Who should have painted it? The glazier or someone else? thanks for responding.

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Who should have painted it? The glazier or someone else? thanks for responding.

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Glazers ain't painters. You should have painted it, or hired a painter. Glazing is always painted when the window is painted. Maybe the glaziers thought the windows were going to be painted?

How cracked is it> Is it falling out? You might be able to rescue the job.

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Glazers ain't painters. You should have painted it, or hired a painter. Glazing is always painted when the window is painted. Maybe the glaziers thought the windows were going to be painted?

How cracked is it> Is it falling out? You might be able to rescue the job.
The windows were galvanized so they would never have to be painted. The glaziers never mentioned painting ... probably assumed it was a given.

The cracks are across the putty line, i.e. perpendicular to the frame. Thanks

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Old 11-07-2010, 06:29 AM   #6
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If they are minor cracks you might be able to fill them with paint. Be aware when painting a window, ideally, the paint should extend just a hair above the glazing, onto the glass to provide a seal.

If the cracks are wider, or the glazing is so dry it's falling out, you probably have to re do some. Sometimes fresh glazing can be cut into the cracks only if the adhesion of the original is sound.

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