Glazing Putty vs Caulk: The Definitive Response?
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Neal Yonover



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2021 3:06 pm    Post subject: Glazing Putty vs Caulk: The Definitive Response? Reply with quote

Greetings All!

A funny thing happened today that raised an interesting question.

I've been using linseed oil-based putty to successfully glaze glass on wood windows for over a decade. No callbacks.

I stopped at a local U-Create-It Stained Glass Art! place for whiting and the owner assured me that I didn't need it because
I should just use paintable silicone caulk (with blue tape to set straight lines).

When I gently insisted on the whiting, he set up a demonstration. When I gently, but firmly, asked for the whiting anyway he was literally jumping up and down in his insistence that I didn't need it or putty. This is how he's been doing it for over thirty years!

I'm sorry to report that I couldn't manage a reply more articulate than that's how the wood window experts do it.

I got the whiting and I'm wondering why putty is the preferred choice over caulk. Is there science behind this?

Thank you!

Neal
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