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Introducing Wooden Window Restoration with The Silent Paint Remover™& Old-fashioned, Organic, Linseed Paint

See The Silent Paint Remover™in Action: See the Silent Paint Remover™ in action! In this video, we show the step by step process of restoring an old window.

New replacement windows used today will not last nearly as long as these old windows did. Don't listen to the window salesperson who only wants to sell you new replacement windows! It is well worth the effort to restore old wooden windows - read 10 good reasons. The Silent Paint Remover makes it possible to remove paint on all wood surfaces and is very effective on wooden windows.

Here, we present to you the old-fashioned (ancient) method of using Organic linseed oil window glazing and organic linseed oil paint. These products will make your window restoration last for 40-50 years - you will be amazed! Maintenance is very easy and inexpensive. You maintain the glazing and the paint by applying the cleaned, organic, boiled, linseed oil or linseed oil wax every 5-10 years.

NOTE: Extend your season for window restoration with Winter window covers. Working on exterior siding is best during the warmer season so doing windows should be allocated for the colder season. Making a temporary window cover to hang on the exterior is a great help to keep the weather out while working on the painted window surfaces.
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  1. Before window restoration. This house was built 1912 and this window needed desperate attention before restoration. View Larger ImageWith the Silent Paint Remover these these old storms and window sashes can be easily restored and made to work and look like new again. In addition to the Silent Paint Remover, we are introducing a new, organic linseed paint and window glazing from Sweden (made from organic flax seeds) that will make this restoration job last for 40-50 years (with inexpensive maintenance).
  2. Carefully open sealed windows. Heat the sash edges with the Silent Paint Remover and use our Window and Clapboard Opener to easily open any window painted shut. This tool is a great for releasing any window or seam. Remove all paint to the surface of the wood. Remove the storm window and the window sashes.
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  3. Remove the window glazing. Heat the window glazing with the Silent Paint Remover. Immediately remove the paint - and as soon as possible - scrape the inside sash edge to remove the window glazing with the Chisel with Roller tool. This is a very useful tool for window restoration.
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  4. These are the tools that work well. We used a clapboard scraper, triangular scraper, chisel with roller and the Silent Paint Remover for removing all paint and glazing on this window. View Larger ImageYou do need a method of sharpening these scrapers on a regular basis. Whatever your situation, we offer all the accessories you need to make your job go smoothly.

    Our Ultimate Professional Restoration Tool Kit includes all of the restoration tools you could ever need - and an ingenious tool case too.

  5. Remove the glass. Once all paint is removed on View Larger Imageboth sides and all glazing pins are removed the glass can be taken out. The glass should not be forced out. If there is any resistance re-heat the glass slightly until any window glazing or silicone caulk releases. Do not apply any pressure on the glass because it may cause the glass to break. View Larger ImageAt the same time make sure not to overheat the glass, this may crack the glass. Shield the glass with heat resistant aluminum tape or by wrapping the foil around a piece of cardboard as protection.

  6. Remove Paint. The Silent Paint Remover makes it possible View Larger Imageto remove paint on all wood surfaces and is very effective on wooden windows and doors. This is a classic storm door from a 1912 American four square house. It had an amazing amount of paint on it. The restoration brought the door and the glass and screen inserts back to it's original look and will last another 100 years once painted with linseed oil paint.

    Paint Chip Collector Box.
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    This is a simple and effective method of collecting the paint chips as you are scraping the paint off a window sash. This will prevent dust and chips from falling onto the floor making the paint job much safer when working with lead paint.

    The View Larger Imagepainter has removed all the paint around the exterior of the window frame using The Silent Paint Remover. We are finding very old wood under the many layers of paint in excellent condition. The quality of the wood that was used those days is amazing...

     Remove all old paint and View Larger Imageclean the glass with a glass scraper.
  7. Important preparation! Hand sand and apply shellac in the glazing grooves. View Larger ImageThis is very important preparation! By applying the shellac (only in the glazing grooves) you will prevent the oil in the linseed oil glazing from escaping into the wood. Wood will draw the oil out of the glazing if it has a chance.

  8. Inject Linseed oil into joints for maximum protection. Raw linseed oil will take a long time to dry, therefore it is useful to inject a small amount into joints to prevent any moisture from entering into the wood. This creates a perfect rot resistant barrier. If you plan to paint on this surface with the our organic linseed oil paint, inject the organic cleaned & boiled linseed oil for the best results. You can also heat the wood with the Silent Paint Remover when applying the oil. The oil will thin out significantly when heated and will penetrate and absorb deeper into the wood. This significantly improves rot resistance.
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  9. Apply linseed oil window glazing. A great advantage to using organic linseed oil paint and window glazing is that you can paint right away. No need to wait for the glazing to skin over (dry). Regular chemically made glazing must be dry before you can paint and that can take weeks. This is a substantial time saver. By using organic linseed oil products, the cost savings is exponential over time, too.
  10. The Allback linseed glazing can also be used as wood filler. This View Larger Imagelinseed window glazing is made just like it was made 100 years ago, but with a cleaned and sterilized linseed oil. The glazing is soft and adheres very well to wood and glass. When you receive the glazing container, heat it up to about 90 degrees F. Empty the entire compound onto preferably a cold surface and knead the oil into the glazing. Massage the glazing until it is uniform. Any unused glazing can be stored in a freezer. Linseed oil glazing and the linseed oil paint are not sensitive to freezing or hot temperatures. It will adapt to the temperature, stay somewhat flexible, and will never cure to a hard of a shell as all chemical paint will do. This is the reason it will last so long. Maintenance is done by applying the cleaned, boiled, linseed oil or the linseed oil wax. Get more information about Linseed Oil Paint and Products.
  11. Apply Linseed Oil Paint. No primer coat is required. If you intend to paint on very dry wood Start with a coat of cleaned, boiled, linseed oil with a small ammount of paint mixed in.

    This paint has a time tested, 1000 year old history and lasts 50 years on the exterior of a building. Maintain every 5-10 years with the cleaned boiled linseed oil or the linseed oil wax. Will never cause wood to rot. Use Linseed oil soap for cleanup.

    With modern chemically made products, we can be lucky to get 5-10 years at the most before we experience paint failure. Hundreds of years ago, linseed paint products were used and windows lasted for 100's of years without any problems. Find out more about using organic linseed products today: www.solventfreepaint.com. We ship anywhere in North America.
  12. Another advantage of using the linseed glazing and linseed paint is that you do not need to use any masking tape. You can simply use a spackle or run a glass cleaning blade along the edge to clean up the edge after the linseed paint is dry. Linseed paint is superior to any paint and lasts many times longer than conventional petroleum based paint you find and paint stores. Make sure you paint approximately 1/8" onto the glass to ensure a good seal between the glass and the sash.
  13. Finished job. The surface preparation on this project was extensive. View Larger ImageAll paint was removed down to the wood before the primers went on. The project generated an entire pickup truck of paint chips that were drooped off at the local recycling center for hazardous waste.

    When this project was done in 2003, we did not have the information about organic linseed oil paint (I wish we did) so the painter used what we had been recommending at the time: This window has a linseed oil primer ( Muralo Brand )* and 3 coats of C2 ( C2 paint is a brand used in this area ) 100% acrylic . If we had used linseed oil paint, the appearance would be more natural. We are already seeing some small cracks in the paint after only 4 years and the color has faded slightly. You can expect this from modern chemically made paint. With linseed oil paint, there is no primer. If the surface is extremely dried out, you can apply a coat of the cleaned boiled linseed oil as a primer but this is not a separate paint primer product. By adding some paint into the cleaned boiled linseed oil, your are able to see where you have applied the linseed oil better. The exterior of this house can be seen in the Rand Place project featured on this website. View Larger ImageView Larger Image

    * The Muralo linseed oil primer is not to be confused with Allback organic linseed oil paint. The Muralo product is a chemical based primer with large amounts of solvents and other chemicals. The Muralo linseed primer is made with a small amount of linseed oil that is not cleaned.

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