How to Reglaze an Etched Glass Window

What You'll Need
Putty knife
Window glaze
Glaziers points
Caulk gun (for tubed glaze)
Bucket of glaze
Shop rags

An etched glass window can be reglazed as any window can. If you live in an older home, and have fallen in love with the antique window frames, you can reglaze any windows with just a few simple tools. This will eliminate the need to have new windows installed, and can help cut back on any drafts you feel around the windows. The process is fairly simple, but will require a lot of patience.

Step 1: Remove Old Glaze

Use your putty knife and carefully pry the old glaze up and away from the frame. It's not uncommon to find patches of glaze that aren't easily removed. If this happens, just leave the patch where it is. As long as it's still in good condition, it can be integrated in to the new glaze. 

Step 2: Remove Old Glaziers Points

The small, pointed prongs that hold the glass in place will need to be removed. This can be done with the putty knife as well. Just use the edge of the knife to pop these out. Replace the points. The new point can be pushed in to the frame by pressing the flat edge of the point in place with the putty knife.

Step 3: Glazing

Glaze used to only come in tubs, but recently have been found in tubes similar to caulk. If you are using glaze from a tub, you will need to scoop out a small amount and play with it in your hands until it is pliable. Once the glaze is warm, make thin strips out of it. Place the strips against the edge of the frame. Work at this until you have glaze all around. Use a damp shop rag to create a smooth finish that is flush to the frame and the glass all around. This should create an even, smooth seal all around the window.

If you are using glaze in a tube, you simply need snip the tip of the tube and place it in the caulk gun. Use the gun to pull a line of glaze all around the frame. You will smooth out the line using the same method mentioned above.

Step 4: Allow Time to Cure

Once you have glazed the etched window, you just need to allow the glaze to dry completely before you rehang any curtains or open the window. In most cases it only takes a few hours for the glaze to dry completely, but check the manufacturers directions to be sure.

Dealing With Possible Breakage 

It's not uncommon for a pane of glass to break while reglazing. You can avoid this by taping the glass to help ensure its strength. If a pane is broken, you can easily replace it. You will need to custom order a piece to fit the frame. With etched glass, a broken pane will mean all the panes in the window need to be replaced, since it will be very difficult to match.