Step by step restoration process
The first step in restoration process is window removal. In order to effectively protect you and your property, we will set up a Zip Wall system with a tacky mat to ensure any lead paint chips and dust stay contained. After window removal is complete, we will take down the Zip Wall as well as wipe down all surfaces.
After the windows are removed, we will secure the openings with painted plywood. Lexan can be installed as an alternative if you would like to allow daylight into the house. Air conditioners are optional.
Once your windows are at our shop we start by deglazing and removing the glass to prevent breakage, heat strip the paint and sand the sashes.
For any wood repairs we use repurposed wood or old growth fir to create replacement parts or, if necessary, build an entirely new sash. We can also restore lost detail and/or add new wood design to the sash.
Using the Wood Epoxy System we fill any dings, breaks and irregularities in the sash. If the wood is dried out, we apply a Boiled Linseed Oil and Turpentine treatment to recondition the wood.
We then prime the window interior and exterior with Benjamin Moore oil primer.
The glass is then set back into the sash. We can use the original window glass or provide alternate options including vintage wavy, restoration new wavy or new flat glass. After the glass is set, we glaze the sash with Sarco Type M putty.
If your windows have lead or zinc detail, we can take it apart and recreate the original design with new lead/zinc or create an entirely new design before setting it back into the sash.
After the putty has skimmed over, the restoration process is finished with two coats of Benjamin Moore paint on the exterior and interior surfaces.
In addition, while your windows are at the shop we heat strip, sand and complete any necessary repairs, prime and paint window frames. Interior and exterior window trim and sills may be repaired and repainted upon request.