I need to paint 3 French doors. They have panels of 12 x 8 glass, set into a
wooden grill with the wooden divider strips about 1" wide.
It looks like Sisyphus labor to paint each little wooden grill without
getting the paint on the glass.
Is there a trick to this? Do I need to apply tape each little pane?
Some folks paint onto the glass a little (for the seal), then scrape back.
I much prefer to mask off.
Actually, it's not Sisyphusian at all - progress *is* made. It's a virtue
that's needed, not a trick or a tool. That virtue being - patience.
Yes, unless your hand is very steady. If they are exterior doors and
get condensation on the inside, run the paint ever so slightly onto the
glass so's the condensation (inside) or rain (outside) doesn't run into
the wood and under the paint.
Do you mean "sisyphean" labor?
IMHO, you exaggerate. The project is called trim-painting. With a
properly-shaped brush, you flow the paint just onto the glass along
each edge. People have been doing that for years, and butchers have
been taping and slopping on the glass about as long.
Once you get the hang of doing it well, it just gets done.
Paint the door, trim and all. Where the glass meets the wood trim,
paint the trim and don't worry about getting some on the glass. When
the paint starts to get a bit dried on the glass, score the edge were
the glass meets the trim. Use a flat razor (preferable within the
proper handled tool) to peal the paint off the window. The score line
will ensure that when you peel off the paint from the glass it will end
sharply at the trim. In the end you will have a nice crisp paint line
between the trim and the glass. I think this is faster than doing all
that taping as well as helps create a seal between the glass and trim.
It is possible that you won't have to because many French doors nowadays
have applied muntins; i.e., the glass is all one sheet rather than
individual panes and the muntins are applied to it as a unit.
In your OP you said the muntins were wood but did not mention the
brand/material of door. If your doors happen to be steel the muntins
are undoubtedly wood grained plastic and at least one side is removable.
This may be the case with doors of other materials as well. It's easy
to tell, just try to wiggle the muntins...if they move easily relative
to the glass and the muntin on the opposite side, look for filled screw
holes in the muntins holding them to the door frame.
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You make a good point but, if it's one piece of glass it is
"sandwiched" between 2 pieces of plastic and if you aren't careful,
My doors are made that way and when I painted them, I painted just
inside the frames and removed the extra paint with a single edge razor
blade. Just like others in this thread have suggested.
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