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Whiting substitute???

Postby MWeber on Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:49 am

I've spent the morning driving around to local craft, art, hardware and paint stores looking for whiting (calcium carbonate?) to clean the glazing oil off my windows. Mostly just got blank stares. I can order it online but I have a freshly glazed 8 light sash to clean(first of many). Is there something else that I can substitute that will perform about the same that I could get locally to use this weekend? Or is there another use for this that might be available in some kind of store I haven't looked at yet? Thanks
PS anyone have a favorite source for such material?
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Re: Whiting substitute???

Postby lisascenic on Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:00 pm

Where are you, and how much do you need? I have a huge bag in my studio, and I can send you some.
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Re: Whiting substitute???

Postby mattswabb on Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:24 pm

Grind up a piece of chalk. If you have kids use a piece of their sidewalk chalk.
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Re: Whiting substitute???

Postby MWeber on Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:42 pm

Thank you Lisa but I'm in Arkansas :( so it wouldn't do much good this weekend. Very generous of you to offer. I'll just order some. It appears to be really cheap. Meanwhile, I'll try chalk as suggested by Matt. Thanks Matt. I know my wife has some sidewalk chalk around somewhere for the grand kids.
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Re: Whiting substitute???

Postby MWeber on Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:58 pm

FYI The sidewalk chalk did the trick. Didn't know what to use to grind it so used a little mini food processor. Four minutes or so in it and Bob's your Uncle.
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Re: Whiting substitute???

Postby pqtex on Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:28 pm

MWeber wrote:FYI The sidewalk chalk did the trick. Didn't know what to use to grind it so used a little mini food processor. Four minutes or so in it and Bob's your Uncle.


Oh honeeeee...do you mind if I use your food processor for a few minutes? :mrgreen:
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Re: Whiting substitute???

Postby eperot on Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:44 am

I've never gotten the whole whiting thing. I know that it is an effective way to clean the oil residue off the glass, but I usually just allow my sash to skin over until paintable and then clean the glass with regular glass cleaner. Is there a benefit I am missing?
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Re: Whiting substitute???

Postby lavender_bush on Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:05 am

I'm with eperot

Inquiring minds want to know - although I've finally finished all my windows so it's complete nosiness :)
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Re: Whiting substitute???

Postby mattswabb on Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:05 pm

After using chalk for the first few windows I bought my whiting off eBay. A few bucks a pound plus shipping.
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Re: Whiting substitute???

Postby steponmebbbboom on Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:34 pm

Glazing oil?

I've used Dap 33 to glaze windows with and never had to deal with oil residue...
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