At first glance the lead on these windows didn’t seem all that bad. Old, but not at all what I normally come across. But once I got them on the table, I discovered just how damaging southern exposure can be. The lead was very brittle and easily broke a part in my hands.
The photo gallery shows pics of the lead and paint removal process (this project included restoring the wood frames), damage I found beneath the original paint and rusted hardware. Age had definitely taken its toll. To prevent future damage, I epoxied corners, puttied a few areas, primed and repainted, so these should last a very long time. I also removed the white paint from the hardware and painted the metal black to add some of the original character back. It drives my crazy when I see antique hardware slathered over with latex!
“Thank you, John. The windows look spectacular. You’ve breathed new life into a classic feature of our home. We appreciate the time, talent and professionalism that you brought to our project.“
Tim and Marianne