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Restoring Old Windows
Old storm windows tend to be rich in character but poor in condition. With a few Dremel tools and accessories, restoring windows can be an easy task.
For this project we’ll be using a Dremel 3000 rotary tool and the Multi- Max MM40. We’ll use a selection of accessories that’ll be addressed as they’re used. Rotary tools and a Multi-Max can be used to remove old weathered and cracked window glazing. Rotary tools work best in curved and detailed areas and Multi-Max is great for larger straighter and flatter areas.
Start by removing glazing from straight areas with a Multi-Max and an MM452 wood drywall in metal saw blade; we’re using the MM40. Work the blaze away from the frame using the #452 blade to simultaneously cut and pry the glazing. Glaze may break off in big pieces or require more detailed cutting depending upon its condition. Use a rotary tool and a carving bit to remove glazing from more countered area. Here we’ll be using the Dremel 3000 and a #115 high-speed cutter. Remove glazing with the cutter sides, not the tip. Work with the tool at a medium speed, increase the speed if the tool chatters. Several passes may be required to remove all the glazing. When you’re finished with the glaze, strip the window of its paint. Use a Multi-Max tool to sand away flat expanses of paint changing from a cutting to sanding accessory is a cinch with the quick lock equipped MM40. Set the tool to a medium speed and begin sanding paint away with a low grit count sanding sheet. Use a rotary tool to strip paint from the areas that are more difficult to
access. Aggressive sanding in paint removal is best accomplished using coarse grit sanding bands fitted to an EZ Drum Mandrel. The EZ Drum eliminates the need for a wrench during sanding band changes. It also allows you to work with the top of the band closer to a perpendicular surface more so than you could with previous sanding metals. This is because it doesn’t have a compression screw and its top. Use EZ discs for less aggressive surface sanding. These discs work with the EZ402 Mandrel and are usually most controllable when using a right angle attachment.
Here are some additional thoughts on restoring old windows. Watch out for glazing points as they may knick or damage the cutter. Rotary carving works best when moving the tool in the opposite direction of the rotation. Taking the edges of the window panes will reduce the risk of scratching and avoid downward pressure as this may crack the glass.
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