Of course, during the restoration of windows, you're going to have to reglaze a few panes. I feel pretty lucky. Most of the glazing on our windows is in good shape and only a few panes became cracked during stripping.
There was at least one window with some wood integrity issues due to unaddressed unaddressed condensation issues. This window was right next to a steam radiator and poor radiator maintenance also stained the wood trim closest to it.
For stripping the windows, I used the Silent Paint Remover, a spray bottle with water (to keep down the dust), a very sharp tungsten carbide blade scraper, some steel wool and denatured alcohol. This got the paint and old shellac off.
Then the cracked panes of glass had to be carefully tapped out of the frames of the windows. (I used an old towel over the glass to make sure chips didn't fly.) Using the Silent Paint Remover, I was able to soften the old caulk/glaze so that it easily peeled out of the frames.
I cleaned out the residue with some denatured alcohol and steel wool. It's important that anything touching the new glazing is clean so that it creates a tight seal.
This was the perfect time to attempt some of the minor fixes...like gluing a loose runner with wood glue (held in place by a clamp and a scrap piece of wood)...
...and determine if some of the larger fixes were worth attempting. That piece of wood with integrity issues? Turns out there was a substantial amount of wood rot that entered the wood through the rotted mullion. I dug out the rotted wood to determine the extent of the damage. It was pretty extensive, so we'll probably have to replace this mullion and bottom rail.
I used Abatron epoxy to repair some smaller cracks and pitting that didn't expose wood rot. (We'll do a review of this soon...it's great stuff.)
Then I was able to sand it down smooth to the good wood. After that, I primed the exterior surfaces to prepare it for a future painting.
Then, if was off to get some glass from the local Ace Hardware! Part 2 soon...