Removing plastic grid from french doors


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Old 06-28-21, 12:31 PM
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Removing plastic grid from french doors

Hi Everyone,
I just wanted to let you know that it is possible to remove the old ugly plastic grid from your french doors. I did it!
I used a dremel tool to cut each piece off of the frame and also used the dremel to sand each nub down, I painted it and reinstalled it. Looks beautiful.

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It was alot of work, but sooooo worth it. You have to take the doors apart, it took about 4 hours per door.
 
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Old 06-28-21, 03:51 PM
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I hate those fake grids. Builder put windows with internal grids, every year or two I get to replace a IGU, 25 years from now they will all be gone!
 
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Old 06-29-21, 07:54 AM
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Hi Marq 1, I hate them too, I am so glad that I figured out a way to get rid of them. If I had all the money in the world
I'd totally replace the doors with the internal blinds, but for now these will do.
 
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I just did the same thing. The way I did it was spray a bit of WD40 then took picture hanging wire and got it between the glass and the SDL. Reminded me of using dental floss; I just moved the wire back and forth. The SDLs came off very quickly. Then came the harder part -- removing the adhesive remaining on the glass that had been holding the SDLs in place. Again, sprayed WD40, waited a bit, and then scraped a way with a stiff scraper. This took a while bit did work. We are thrilled as the dividers obscured a nice view to our backyard; wish we had done this a long time ago. Overall the picture hanging wire was fast and easy; if there is a better way to get off the adhesive, let me know!
 
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Old 07-15-21, 11:26 AM
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Hi BobVo, That's a creative way of doing it. As for the adhesive, I just used a razor blade, it came off pretty easily with a good sharp blade.
 
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Old 07-15-21, 12:35 PM
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Door glass is tempered and scratches easily, so when a razor blade is used its always a good idea to use a brand new blade and then wet the area with some glass cleaner, so that the glass is lubricated. It's less likely to scratch when it's wet and slick.

Adhesive removers work best on glazing tape residue. But you still have to clean the glass after using them.
 
 

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