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Window frame break-in repair

Window frame break-in repair

Window frame break-in repair

One of the UK’s major contractors which makes regular use of Plastic Surgeon’s services for snagging work, called in the company to a Manchester development which was ready for handover, following a break-in during which a window was badly damaged by the burglar.

The Challenges

Not only was the double-glazed unit to the opening light of the uPVC framed kitchen window broken, but a large section of the corner profiles were missing altogether. A replacement window had been ordered, but the site manager wanted to effect a temporary so that the building could be seen in its finished condition during an imminent site inspection by the developer client. The window frame inevitably represented a complex shape to replicate and rebuild in the time available.

The Highlights

The Finisher from Plastic Surgeon’s North-West region attended the site in Oldham to inspect the damage and confirmed the feasibility of making a successful repair within a matter of hours. He began by building back the basic shape of the missing 6” x 6” (150 x 150 mm) corner using slim flat plastic spills, held in place with Plastic Surgeon’s Cold Weld Gel. This very strong and fast drying adhesive was allowed to spread into the profile chambers in order to provide rigidity to the repair. The full shape of the opening light was restored using layers of Ultra-Premium two-part filler before being sanded smooth and prepped ready for respraying. The job was completed by finishing the frame in a matching white tone employing a site mixed quantity of Plastic Surgeon’s System 200 paint pigments.

Key Outcomes for The Client

While the repair could not fully restore the smashed window’s original strength and thermal properties, the work did provide a very effective cosmetic solution to a short term challenge for a site agent under pressure.

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