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#4534661 - 10/05/17 02:29 PM painting around door window inserts
bmwjohn Offline


Registered: 01/04/08
Posts: 728
Loc: indianapolis in
Hi: I have 2 typical prehung doors, Mastercraft brand, and they both have window inserts. They have screws in a plastic frame around the glass. It looks like unscrewing the plastic frame and painting it seperately would be the best thing, but store says if I unscrew the frame glass might fall out and I will have to recaulk the glass anyway. Correct? Suggestions?

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#4534670 - 10/05/17 02:43 PM Re: painting around door window inserts [Re: bmwjohn]
AZjeff Offline


Registered: 01/14/11
Posts: 2636
Loc: PV Az
I'd take the screws out, holding the glass and see what happens. Can you see caulk behind frame? If you can't get it off and it's a multi-pane looking insert there's a liquid mask product that could make the job easier than masking.
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#4534709 - 10/05/17 03:45 PM Re: painting around door window inserts [Re: AZjeff]
JC1 Offline


Registered: 11/29/08
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Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Get a helper in case the window wants to fall out after you loosen the screws.
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#4534714 - 10/05/17 03:54 PM Re: painting around door window inserts [Re: bmwjohn]
Warstud Offline


Registered: 09/02/05
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Loc: MIchigan
Why not just tape off the plastic window frame?

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#4534767 - 10/05/17 04:48 PM Re: painting around door window inserts [Re: bmwjohn]
oldoak2000 Offline


Registered: 07/23/14
Posts: 119
Loc: North TEXAS
Just paint it (brush), then use razor-blade to easily scrape paint off of glass . . . works!

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#4534852 - 10/05/17 06:44 PM Re: painting around door window inserts [Re: bmwjohn]
Dave9 Offline


Registered: 08/28/17
Posts: 176
Loc: Cincinnati, USA
No need to remove it, masking tape and newspaper over the glass, OR if you have a lot of painting experience, it can be faster to just hold a thin piece of cardboard (or sheet metal tool made for this) up against the edge, moving it along as you paint.

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#4535235 - 10/06/17 08:54 AM Re: painting around door window inserts [Re: oldoak2000]
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Registered: 06/26/14
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Loc: Northern Arizona
Originally Posted By: oldoak2000
Just paint it (brush), then use razor-blade to easily scrape paint off of glass . . . works!


That's exactly what do. I first clean the glass before I paint using 0000 steel wool and glass cleaner.
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