Sash Cleanup

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Sash Cleanup

Postby johnleeke » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:08 pm

Sash Cleanup (after deglazing, before glazing and painting)

I use vacuum scrapers, profile scrapers, and Dry Abrasive Scrub--low-cost, slick and quick. No sanding here, hand detail sanding with fingers takes too long, I gave it up ten years ago when I got arthritis in my hands. Definitely no power tool sanding--the special tools and sandpaper products are way too costly. This video shows the detail cleanup step after deglazing. After this cleanup the sash is ready for woodwork repairs or glazing and painting.


Time: 5 to 10 minutes for a 36" sash, depending a lot on conditions

- Pull-type Scraper, steel blade, ground to sash profile shape

- Vacuum Scraper, carbide blade, Viper, ore on vacuums and scrapers: [url][/url]

- Crack Tool (reground linoleum knife, not shown in video)

- Abrasive Pad
- 3M Heavy Duty Stripping Tool, 3M Product Code:10110NA, for detail work, a reusable plastic handle with a 3-1/2" x 5" surface with Velcro-type hooks. The hooks hold a replaceable open weave abrasive pad.
Source:, 3M Heavy Duty Stripping Tool with one pad.
- 3M Heavy Duty Stripping Pads, 3-1/2" x 5", made to fit the Heavy Duty Stripping Tool above.
Source:, Replacement Pads in bulk (24).

- Sash Easel
- HEPA Vacuum, with hose and brush, more on vacuums and scrapers: [url]

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