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Plate glass panel repair at retail development

The prestigious Quartermile Development is based in the heart of Edinburgh. Providing a new residential address for Scotland’s capital, the development boasts a cosmopolitan mix of luxury conversion and new build apartments, cafés and shops in a prime city centre location.

Gladedale Ventures Ltd were faced with a case of vandalism to a series of 4m x 2.5m plate glass panels.

The damaged glass panels had very bad scratches across them, caused by someone running a key or other sharp object along the glass. The deep scratches spanned across the full width of the glass on several panels.

Gladedale Ventures Ltd called in Plastic Surgeon Scotland, who after an initial assessment on site, decided that repair was a viable option.

One of Plastic Surgeon’s trained glass Finishers, who had completed the company’s rigorous glazing repair course, was selected to carry out the work. The training enables Finishers to assess both the glass type they are dealing with, the severity of the damage and the best approach to dealing with it.

It must of course always be remembered when working with glass that in most forms it remains a fragile material, and in most instances the Finisher will carry out a basic risk assessment regarding the best means of access; as well as of avoiding the risk of injury to others in the vicinity, through breakage or other accident.

Plastic Surgeon’s health and safety policy would prevent a Finisher ever repairing glass working from a ladder, while stepladders will only be used at very low level, a few feet above the ground. In all other instances the operative will erect purpose designed, quick to assemble scaffolding generally carried in the vans, or organise other means of access – such as a cherry picker – in consultation with the client.

To carry out these repairs, the Finisher used a variable speed precision grinder, able to rotate at velocities of up to 10,000 rpm, along with half a dozen different grades of abrasive disk. By varying the rate and ‘roughness’ of the intervention, the Finisher was able to remove the deep scratches in the glass. A key aspect of the skill involved in this first part of the glass repair process is to judge the size of the work area in order to ‘feather out’ the repair. This avoids the creation of a dished effect or any other visual distortion.

The Finisher then used finer and finer diamond pastes applied with a felt pad on the grinder, until the reflectance and polish of the surface matched the untouched glass on the surrounding areas.

Plastic Surgeon’s Finisher successfully polished out all scratches saving the customer a bill of thousands of pounds in replacement costs.

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