Should i use a bigger blade on these windows or different method?

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  1. slippy

    slippy Well-Known Member
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    I use a cheap six inch blade to do these types of windows with metal flower designs, should i use a bigger blade? Or a better way?

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  2. Smurf

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    I've found wfp method is more suited to those type of dg units and is a darn site quicker too.
     
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  4. TolishAPurd

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    With modern leaded windows like that, I just take a 14 or 16" squeegee, with an old rubber in it. Do nice slow and controlled straight pulls down- by keeping the pulls slow you get more water from the underside of the lead. Use your sill cloth to remove the run off from the sill and frames. Use 1 scrim to remove the bulk of the water from the window, and then buff the window with a second very dry scrim. The moment that 2nd scrim gets damp, use it as your first scrim and change it out for a dry one.
     
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    same as TolishAPurd but i use stepladders to reach them as i aint tall
     
  6. mrtaytay

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    Just about the same as tolish although I use a couple of large fineweave micro fibre cloths.....one to mop up and one for buffing up. However, when the weather warms up (mid march onwards) I dont bother squeegeeing the water off.....I just mop with one fineweave and buff with the other. Your buffing cloth must always be bone dry. I have recently started using a marine drying cloth for the mopping up process. Its much thicker and spongier than a regular fineweave and it drys windows so so quickly.

    Using a 6 inch blade for this particular task looks like hard work.
     
  7. cheapncheerful

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    yeh a twelve inch blade may speed things up ....depends how dirty they are sometimes i just scrim sometimes i use a window spray and scrim.....on leads at the moment...can be hard work at times..why dont they just put them all inside the double glazed unit.....:)
     
  8. rugbywolf

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    I would never use a blade on leaded windows, it's just a waste of time. I use towelling for wiping down and I have found it good for leaded. Use the cloth dry or damp, spray soapy water onto window, work well in with cloth, then as it begins to dry polish up with a microfiber cloth. It's not difficult once you've got the hang of it.
     
  9. cheapncheerful

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    yep would agree using a blade is dodgy ...i have only done so recently because of the storm muck..generally they are left too wet but of course it depends on our friend the weather..now off to nick one of the bathroom towels...:)
     
  10. Tizzo

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    Yea lose the squeegee I would. Just give i mop, towel down with a linen or towel scrim, polish up with a microfibre. Sometimes the leaded gets nice and degraded and leaves metallic smears if its not properly polished, though they look like theyre in pretty good nick.....
     
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