Window Frame Refinish

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Postby FrugalWife » Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:07 pm

There is nothing unusual about the shape/profile of the window frames. They are made up of two pieces the inner piece has a bull nose and the outer piece is simply rounded on the outer corner. I don't believe you would need anything but standard router bits. The corners are ship-lap.

The more interesting aspect is the wood itself - excellent grade mahogany that in the case of my boat (32 years old) there was absolutely zero rot or punky wood.

Other than refinishing I don't know why you might need to make new frames?
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Postby Mike Massingill » Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:12 pm

Do not intend to hi-jack the thread.

I was thinking they were teak, but if mahogany.......

We have a lot left over from a 31 Chris Craft restoration.

That makes it almost a no brainer.

My frames are pretty rough.
We can form all the straight pieces in about a day.
Then all we have to do is cut the corners, and I was going to make the ends with a corner spline reinforcement.

With the Awlwood it would be gorgeous.

Front frames would take longer.

I have not measured it to see what the radius are yet.
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Re: Window Frame Refinish

Postby WyRow » Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:29 am

FrugalWife wrote:Hi,
I have just begun the onerous task of removing, refinishing, replacing sliding track, and reinstalling ... and anything else arising from this chore. I will do all but the two rear deckhouse windows. So far I have exposed all the fastener bungs (153) and have started removing the bungs & clearing the screw head slots. I know this subject has been covered many times but I'd be willing to document & post the process. Any interest?

Bob


Could you tell me what type of primer and paint you went with? I have a GB 42, I am in the process of stripping.

Thanks for the pics and post
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Postby Mike Massingill » Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:28 am

Post, can't have enough documentation.
I am using Awlgrip Grand Banks White. Color is perfect, but now I really need to wax the boat. Super glossy.
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Re: Window Frame Refinish

Postby WyRow » Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:28 pm

FrugalWife wrote:Hi,
I have just begun the onerous task of removing, refinishing, replacing sliding track, and reinstalling ... and anything else arising from this chore. I will do all but the two rear deckhouse windows. So far I have exposed all the fastener bungs (153) and have started removing the bungs & clearing the screw head slots. I know this subject has been covered many times but I'd be willing to document & post the process. Any interest?

Bob


Hi Bob,

You have done a amazing job! Thank you for sharing. I pulled my front centre window and two doors off as my winter project. I am planning on stripping and repainting the rest of the windows while on the boat. Can you share with me what type of paint and primer you used? 2 part epoxies? Urethane? Or just a standard outdoor paint?
Thanks again Colin
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Postby Mike Massingill » Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:36 pm

Has anyone just plugged the bung holes then drilled through them and countersunk the screw heads, and left the stainless steel screw heads exposed?

That would make future repairs very easy, and installation much easier since there would be no issues of over spray in a marina.
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Postby FrugalWife » Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:16 pm

I removed 140 some off bungs to repair the 13 windows needing work. I can't imagine having to look at 140 some stainless steel screws on a boat like a Grand Banks. So I guess I'm say, No, I've never considered not re-setting the screws and re-bunging the holes. No problem with over spray, the window frames will be hand painted when they go back on the boat in a few weeks.


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Postby Mike Massingill » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:54 pm

I had no idea there were that many.
It just moved to my last project this spring.

Your correct, it would look a little Elton John with that much stainless.....
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Re: Window Frame Refinish

Postby Mike Massingill » Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:49 pm

Did you ever finish?
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Re: Window Frame Refinish

Postby FrugalWife » Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:24 pm

Yup, absolutely finished! I broke two pieces of glas reinstalling and glueing the bungs in & trimming nicely was a pain but the windows look good and finally slide really well. Three coats of Interlux Brightside White & the windows should be good for a few years no maintenance. Reality is I’ll put a 4th coat this season or early next, a safety coat.
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Re: Window Frame Refinish

Postby Mike Massingill » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:14 pm

What year was your boat?

I have a 92, trying to find out what adhesive I can expect, and how easy it will come off.
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Re: Window Frame Refinish

Postby FrugalWife » Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:14 am

My boat still is a 1985 : <)

The window frames were adhered pretty well but I don't know what it was for sealant/adhesive. Once the seal was broken you could continue to loosen pretty easily with a putty knife. I used a Multi-master with a flat putty knife like blade to loosen the adhesive. Removing the frames from the deckhouse sides was the easiest part of the job; after removing the bungs & screws of course!
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Re: Window Frame Refinish

Postby Mike Massingill » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:09 am

I pulled all six small frames in six hours. They came off by hand.

The finish was weathered enough to flake off. No rot anywhere.

My guess is they were originally bedded with silicone, it is still very pliable, and pretty much just pulls off and out.

I am planning on going back with polyurethane, unless there is a better idea.
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Re: Window Frame Refinish

Postby FrugalWife » Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:26 am

My windows appeared to be bedded in silicone also. Made for easy clean up anyhow. Also reversed with a water-based polyurethane product. It worked well except there are still some dark stains all on the deckhouse fiberglass where I didn’t clean up really well ... clean up really well!!
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