Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fixing a window with a broken seal

Let me first say, I'm using the term "fixing" very loosely! I didn't repair the window, but I think I made it look much better, so at least cosmetically speaking, it is "fixed".

Before I show you what I did....a little background story. When we bought the house in 2008, one side of the sliding glass door in our kitchen was broken, so we had to replace just the one side. It was surprisingly costly (although I don't remember the exact amount). Shortly after it was replaced, we noticed the glass was fogging up. We realized too late that it was a broken seal, and so we just lived with it for the past several years.

See how foggy the glass on the right is? Ugh. Not pretty to look at every day!

Here's another look. The glass on the left is completely clear, but the reflection in this picture is making it look a little foggy. 

Instead of going the costly route of having it replaced again, I decided to make it look intentionally frosted with some window film that I picked up at Home Depot for under $30 (sorry, I can't find this exact product online).

I also picked up the application kit that was on display next to it. It seemed like a good idea, and I'm so glad that I had it when installing the film.

The instructions are pretty simple:

It was pretty simple, although I highly recommend having someone help hold the film while you're spraying it down, or vice versa. It would be pretty tricky to do this by yourself. I was so anxious to get this done as soon as I came home with it, but I forced myself to wait for Josh to get home from work to help me!

I don't have any pictures of the application process, since it took two of us to get this done, but here are the results:

I'm really happy with how it turned out! I know it looks kind of strange to only have one side of the sliding glass door frosted, but we still wanted to be able to see out of part of the door, and there's nothing wrong with that glass, so I didn't want to cover it up. Also, that side of the glass is always covered by the curtain, so normally, you'd never see it. One day, we would like to replace the entire sliding door with a french door, but that's not in the near future.

The uneven fogginess is still somewhat noticeable through the film, but only if you're really looking for it. Overall, it just looks so much better!

What do you guys think?! Have you ever had this problem with a window or glass door? How did you fix it? 

1 comment:

  1. I have this problem with a giant double-paned, leaded window in our bathroom. It was already broken when we bought the house, and several projects are ahead of this one so we won't invest in a new one simply for cosmetic reasons for a while. I thought of finding a way to make the fogging look intentional, too, but thought I'd have to use some sort of paint that would be permanent instead of something like this that I can just take off if I change my mind. Great idea!


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