Replacing a Broken Window in a Garage Door: Step-by-Step Guide

March 26, 2022

Did a baseball smash your garage door’s window? Or a crow soaring directly through the glass? It’s not that difficult to crack the window that allows light to enter your garage.

The solution requires some elbow grease. If you’re an experienced DIYer, you are able to do the work yourself. We provide this outline of the procedure to help you get an idea of the extent.

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Put Safety First

Before you start, it is important to ensure that you’ve got the right equipment to guard yourself against injury.

  • Heavy gloves – Wear gloves that are heavy. Glass shattering can cause damage to hands and fingers.
  • Goggles or safety glasses – Make sure you have safety goggles or glasses to shield your eyes.
  • The rest – Dress in a long-sleeved shirt or jeans and slip on some lace-up shoes. It’s not the time to put on flip-flops or shorts.

Tools and Materials Needed

You might have a few of the essential items. Other items are readily available at home improvement stores.

Here’s what you require:

  • Putty knife
  • Glazier’s points
  • Glazing compound
  • Primer and paint for the frame of wood
  • Paint brush
  • Replacement glass

Steps to Replace the Glass

Removal of the glass:

Remove the glass pieces that are loose from the frame of the garage door window and from its outside. Make sure you take your time and completely remove all the pieces.

The removal of the glazing compound:

Make use of the putty knife for getting rid of the glazing compound that is around the edges of the glass pane. Sometimes, putty that has dried will not easily come off.

You can speed up the process with a hair dryer or a hot gun to warm your old materials. It is also possible to apply linseed oil to the surface and allow it to soak for about an hour or two. If the putty knife is strong, use a smaller chisel.

Making the frame set:

  1. Take out the glazier’s facets which hold the glass piece close to the frame.
  2. Get the dry putty out and paint the frame.
  3. It is best to brush it until it is as clean as possible.
  4. Paint the wood in the raw state with primer.

Measuring the glass replacement:

  1. Take note of the opening’s height and then determine the width.
  2. Subtract one eighth in. from width and height.
  3. Take a measurement of the glass’s thickness.
  4. Make these measurements available and take them to the glass store to purchase a new glass pane.

Inserting the glass:

  1. Make sure that the primer has dried.
  2. Create a quarter inch-long rope made of glazing compound. Then, wrap it to the frame.
  3. Insert the new pane into the frame. It is important to press the edges cautiously.
  4. Make the new glass points in order to help make the glass secure within the frame. Make use of a putty knife to set them up. Place them in intervals of 6 to 4 inches in the frames. Be careful not to apply pressure to the glass you are replacing while doing this.
  5. Use more glazing compound on the edges.
  6. Smooth the new glaze compound using a putty blade that is held in an inclined position.

Paint the frame:

  1. The putty has to dry for around seven days.
  2. After that, you can prime the frame, then paint it in a way that matches to the remainder of your frame.

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