After getting replacement windows for my house i saved the old windows thinking if several projects for them.  The major problem is several of the sashes are painted with lead paint.  No Martha Stewart you cant just paint over the wood.  At least not in Massachusetts.    So always take safety first.   Do this on a drop cloth like an old shower curtain.  Ware a dust mask.  Wash your clothes separately not with the kids.  Keep all kids away until after the clean up.  Also we will be using razor blades and have the potential for sharp glass.   

Sorry about the pictures there is no flash on my phone and the glass was transparent.

Your going to need
a razor both the double pointed (like in a box or dry wall cutter) and the straight edge both with holders
flat head screw drivers
soap & water
drop cloth
dust mask
small pliers (needle nose work goodgreen scrubby

Step 1: Select the window

Select  good window.  

Things to look for 
Hard dry Glazing putty that is falling out, cracked, pulling away from the wood.
no cracks in glass
rotten frame
no silicone holding window in 
<p>thanks got my glass out of the window and I didn't even break any!</p>
<p> I use a sharpening stone. They can be found at most hardware stores or hunting &amp; fishing aisles in big box stores. Some have a rough &amp; finishing grit on 1 stone. Another option is emery cloth pulled tight on a block of wood. Do not just wrap the emery cloth around the glass pane &amp; think that you can do both sides of the glass at one time or you will end up with scratches that paint will become trapped in.</p>
Some are sharp some not. At glass shops they have grinder i think sandpaper or a dermal would work.
Hi, <br>Once the glass is out of the frame, do you know a way to buff the edges so they aren't sharp?-- i.e. so you could use it without putting another frame around it? I have sheets and sheets of glass taken out of an office building, and I'd like to use some of it as a worktable of sorts, but can't figure out how to smooth the edges.
A cool glazer trick it to use a heatgun or torch on particularity hard putty. It helps a bunch, but will bubble paint or scorch if you leave it there too long. I repair these things on a daily basis. Mostly I just attack weak spots with a utility knife when I'm at someones home.
Good suggestion. Be careful when the paint starts to bubble the fumes are toxic. Ibbles get exponentially more views when you add flame or explosions.

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