Stained Glass restoration: Do it Yourself or Hire A Stained Glass Expert?

Stained Glass restoration: Do it Yourself or Hire A Stained Glass Expert?

Churches have beautiful stained glass, which symbolizes the history of various religions in the United States. We have several magnificent churches in Colorado Springs with stunning stained glass to match. These pieces of art must be conserved so that future generations may enjoy them. Stained glass restoration is time-consuming and expensive; therefore, some congregations may want to undertake it themselves. The good news is that when it comes to stained glass maintenance, you can do a few simple tasks yourself. More substantial repairs and restorations should be handled by a professional though.

DIY Church Stained Glass Maintenance

The majority of church stained glass repairs may be completed by a seasoned stained glass artist. However, there are a few things groundskeepers may do to preserve the glass and keep it looking nice for churchgoers.

Light Cleaning Of Your Stained Glass: Like any other window, stained glass becomes dirty and dusty with time. Stained glass does not need to be removed for simple cleaning. To clean, simply use distilled water and a light cloth to gently rub away the dust stand grime. If the windows are painted, be sure they are fired, otherwise, you could remove the paint when cleaning.

Maintain wood frames around the Stained Glass: The wood frames used in your Colorado Springs church’s stained glass windows are important components that keep the whole structure steady. For this reason, moisture sealant and paint should be applied to keep the wood in good working order. Apply these sealants as directed but avoid getting them on the glass or lead. They might cause harm to the appearance of the glass and even remove painted stained glass finishes.

Replace missing or loose putty when needed:   Your church maintenance employee can replace the putty on stained glass and then paint over it to keep your church’s stained glass looking newer. However, this is only a cosmetic repair for when you notice cracking or flaking putty along the window’s exterior edges.  Be cautious when doing this since distinguishing putty from leading or glass may be difficult. As a result, we believe that it is preferable to hire a business like ours to perform any additive stained glass repairs instead of attempting DIY.

Contact us if you have any questions regarding your Colorado Springs church window restoration–we’re always delighted to answer inquiries or come out for a free onsite evaluation.

Martin Faith is a highly skilled stained glass artisan from Glasgow, Scotland. He has been studying the history, evolution, and techniques behind stained glass creation for over 35 years. Since 1991, he has been running his own stained glass studio based out of Colorado. Martin feels a personal connection to stained glass because of his Scottish heritage and has dedicated his life's work to its preservation and continuity. Using the same techniques which have been passed down for generations, Martin uses his expertise to create custom stained glass windows for Colorado Springs homes, businesses, and churches. He and his team have performed countless restorations for aging and antique stained glass and have produced over 50,000 original works to date.

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