Steaming Lead Paint from historical wood sash windows

At urbanboatworks, we steam lead paint from old windows. This process not only helps protect us from digesting dry lead paint- it also saves more old wibbly glass then any other method. Julien set to building a steam box ( easy for a boatbuilder who steam bends ribs) with items we found lying about. Inside the fireplace flue tile is a small metal canister from an old heater. He attached some pipes and built a wood box to fit the sash. It takes about two hours of steaming to get two sash complete.

It is most amazing how one hundred and fifty year old wood  ( a few spliced pieces od wood, some drawing back together of joints) needs so little repair. A true testament to the craftsmen of yesteryear!

Published by Dana Carini

Sailing thru water. restoring and refinishing wooden boats and homes. Handcrafting a collection of last a lifetime- inheritable objects. ( worldsendny) Inspiration comes from the places we sail, the people we meet and the history of long ago.

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