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Removing hard putty from wooden window frame



 
 
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Old March 24th 12, 08:27 AM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Default Removing hard putty from wooden window frame

The glass in an external wooden window frame is cracked and needs replacing.
The putty at the bottom of the frame is cracking and easy to remove but the putty
at the top and sides is rock solid. What is the best way to remove hard set putty
without damaging the wooden frame?

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Old March 24th 12, 09:33 AM posted to uk.d-i-y
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On 24/03/2012 08:27, Alt Beer wrote:
The glass in an external wooden window frame is cracked and needs
replacing.
The putty at the bottom of the frame is cracking and easy to remove but
the putty at the top and sides is rock solid. What is the best way to
remove hard set putty
without damaging the wooden frame?

Thanks


http://www.toolstation.com/shop/Pain...0/sd160/p12804


But IME it's a brutish implement, designed to butcher the frame. You
could use a Stanley knife to score a line where wood meets putty. Often
the putty will lift when the glass is removed.
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Old March 24th 12, 10:30 AM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Default Removing hard putty from wooden window frame

On Mar 24, 8:27*am, "Alt Beer" wrote:
The glass in an external wooden window frame is cracked and needs replacing.
The putty at the bottom of the frame is cracking and easy to remove but the putty
at the top and sides is rock solid. *What is the best way to remove hard set putty
without damaging the wooden frame?

Thanks


Heat softens it some.

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Old March 24th 12, 10:32 AM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Default Removing hard putty from wooden window frame

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On 24/03/2012 08:27, Alt Beer wrote:
The glass in an external wooden window frame is cracked and needs
replacing.
The putty at the bottom of the frame is cracking and easy to remove but
the putty at the top and sides is rock solid. What is the best way to
remove hard set putty
without damaging the wooden frame?

Thanks



http://www.toolstation.com/shop/Pain...ators+Tools/Ha
cking+Knife+115mm/d150/sd160/p12804


But IME it's a brutish implement, designed to butcher the frame. You
could use a Stanley knife to score a line where wood meets putty. Often
the putty will lift when the glass is removed.


*Hammer* and *use with care* don't go together well but I find the
hacking knife does the job. Bared wood can be re-primed before fitting
fresh glass.

regards

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Old March 24th 12, 06:09 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Default Removing hard putty from wooden window frame

Alt Beer wrote:
The glass in an external wooden window frame is cracked and needs
replacing. The putty at the bottom of the frame is cracking and easy to
remove
but the putty at the top and sides is rock solid. What is the best
way to remove hard set putty without damaging the wooden frame?

Thanks


Smash the glass out - seriously, try to do it in large pieces to make it
easier to handle, and once it's out, you've got an edge to work with.
An old wood chisel is about best for this job


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Default Removing hard putty from wooden window frame

Alt Beer wrote:
The glass in an external wooden window frame is cracked and needs
replacing. The putty at the bottom of the frame is cracking and easy to
remove
but the putty at the top and sides is rock solid. What is the best
way to remove hard set putty without damaging the wooden frame?

Thanks


Smash the glass out - seriously, try to do it in large pieces to make it
easier to handle, and once it's out, you've got an edge to work with.
An old wood chisel is about best for this job


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Old March 24th 12, 06:41 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Default Removing hard putty from wooden window frame

On Mar 24, 8:27*am, "Alt Beer" wrote:
The glass in an external wooden window frame is cracked and needs replacing.
The putty at the bottom of the frame is cracking and easy to remove but the putty
at the top and sides is rock solid. *What is the best way to remove hard set putty
without damaging the wooden frame?

Thanks


Angle grinder with thin disk.
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Old March 24th 12, 08:21 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Default Removing hard putty from wooden window frame

On Sat, 24 Mar 2012 08:27:25 +0000, Alt Beer wrote:

The glass in an external wooden window frame is cracked and needs
replacing. The putty at the bottom of the frame is cracking and easy to
remove but the putty at the top and sides is rock solid. What is the
best way to remove hard set putty without damaging the wooden frame?


I used a straightedge with a knife to create a groove along the seam,
then a putty knife placed in the groove and gently tapped with a hammer
worked well to lift the old putty. Then take the glass out and clean up
the frame edges before priming.

cheers

Jules

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Old March 24th 12, 09:21 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Phil L wrote:
Alt Beer wrote:
The glass in an external wooden window frame is cracked and needs
replacing. The putty at the bottom of the frame is cracking and easy
to remove
but the putty at the top and sides is rock solid. What is the best
way to remove hard set putty without damaging the wooden frame?

Thanks


Smash the glass out - seriously, try to do it in large pieces to make
it easier to handle, and once it's out, you've got an edge to work
with. An old wood chisel is about best for this job


Agreed - and to add to Phil L's advice, use gloves and googles [1] and put a
large dustsheet down to catch the broken shards, and empty this straight
into the wheelie bin when done.

As for preventing damage to the frame - almost impossible with hard putty
that's stuck well into the frame. When used to do the job, I simply took my
time and filled in any damage when applying and finishing the putty, and
then touched up the paintwork.

[1] I'm not a health and safety 'nut', but a splinter of glass in an eye
and cuts to the fingers are bloody painful - believe me!

Cash


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Old March 25th 12, 08:45 AM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Default Removing hard putty from wooden window frame

And of course there is always a tiny nail or two there to grunge up the end
of the knife on as well!

Brian

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On 24/03/2012 08:27, Alt Beer wrote:
The glass in an external wooden window frame is cracked and needs
replacing.
The putty at the bottom of the frame is cracking and easy to remove but
the putty at the top and sides is rock solid. What is the best way to
remove hard set putty
without damaging the wooden frame?

Thanks


http://www.toolstation.com/shop/Pain...0/sd160/p12804

But IME it's a brutish implement, designed to butcher the frame. You could
use a Stanley knife to score a line where wood meets putty. Often the
putty will lift when the glass is removed.



 




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