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REPAIRING HAIRLINE CRACKS IN PIGMENTED STRUCTURAL GLASS PANELS
A. This procedure includes guidance on patching minor cracks
(smaller than 1/16" wide) in pigmented structural glass
B. See also 08810-01-S, 08810-02-R and 08810-03-R for
additional guidance on the preservation of pigmented
C. See 01100-07-S for general project guidelines to be
reviewed along with this procedure. These guidelines
cover the following sections:
1. Safety Precautions
2. Historic Structures Precautions
4. Quality Assurance
5. Delivery, Storage and Handling
6. Project/Site Conditions
7. Sequencing and Scheduling
8. General Protection (Surface and Surrounding)
These guidelines should be reviewed prior to performing
this procedure and should be followed, when applicable,
along with recommendations from the Regional Historic
Preservation Officer (RHPO).
A. Work Description: Prior to commencing the work, the
Contractor shall submit to the Contracting Officer's
representative a written description of the entire
methods and procedures proposed for all the work to be
carried out to the structural glass.
B. Work Description: Prior to commencing the cleaning
operations, the Contractor shall submit to the
Contracting Officer's representative a written
description of the entire methods and procedures proposed
for cleaning the structural glass including, but not
limited to, methods of grinding, sanding and polishing,
drying times and methods, method of sealing and proposed
protection and handling procedures.
1.03 SYSTEM DESCRIPTION
A. Performance Requirements:
1. The general objective for structural glass repair
and replacement is to match the pigment and all
aspects of the structural glass with the original
in all respects.
2. The general objective of structural glass cleaning
is to remove dirt, grime and coatings from the
surface without damaging the underlying material
and to give all the structural glass a clean
uniform appearance without blotches.
1.04 QUALITY ASSURANCE
A. Regulatory Requirements: Comply with municipal and
Federal regulations governing all work included in this
A. Water: Potable, non-staining and free of oils, acids,
alkalis and organic matter.
B. Pigments: Pure mineral earth pigments resistant to
alkalis and non-fading. Suitable colors are to be
selected to match existing in all respects, to the
standard of the approved samples.
C. Cleaning Agent for Structural Glass: Application for
removal of soil and grease build-up. Use a mild solution
of water mixed with potable ammonia.
D. Joint Cement or Caulking Compound: Application for
filling narrow 1/16" to 1/32" joints between structural
1. Use a joint compound with an integrated watertight
surface, capable of being used int he narrow joints
A. Surface Preparation: Clean the existing substrate
thoroughly with a light detergent or mild chemical wash
to remove all built-up soiling. Allow substrate to dry
out fully prior to installation of structural glass
3.02 ERECTION, INSTALLATION, APPLICATION
A. Remove all foreign matter from the void. Remove all
sealer from the surfaces adjacent to the void with a mild
solution of water mixed with ammonia. Allow to dry out
fully prior to adding the epoxy resin.
B. Blend the caulking compound to match the color of the
adjacent structural glass by adding pigment.
C. Force the caulking compound into the void, making sure it
is pressured into the crack as deep as possible. Fill the
cracks neatly and avoid spreading the caulking compound
over the adjacent structural glass surfaces, to minimize
necessary clean up.
D. When the material has hardened, remove excess caulking
compound using the manufacturer's specified solvent. This
should be applied sparingly to a clean rag and the glass
wiped clean and dry.
E. Thoroughly clean all the structural glass panels with a
mild solution of water and household ammonia using a
cotton rag. No abrasive cleaning rags are to be used.
F. Rinse off all cleaned structural glass panels with a