Step 4: Customize the squeegee (Multipane)

using a hacksaw to trim a squeegee to fit a specific windowpane
Photo: Kenneth Chen
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To clean a divided-light window, you need a squeegee that fits the panes. Weingard uses a hacksaw to cut one to size. He trims the metal channel ¼ inch narrower than the window pane, then files the cut edges smooth. With a utility knife, he cuts the rubber blade to the pane's full width and fits it into the channel so that it projects 1/8 inch at each end.
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    Tools List

    • Squeegee
      Squeegee
    • Strip applicator with cloth head
      Strip applicator
    • Chamois or lint-free rag
      Chamois, and a lint-free rag or two
      like a cloth diaper or old linen napkin
    • hacksaw
      Hacksaw
      to custom cut squeegee for multipane windows
    • utility knife
      Utility knife

    Shopping List

    1. Dishwashing liquid

    2. Super-fine (000) steel wool

    3. Mild abrasive cleaner, like Barkeeper's Friend

    4. 3-Star Barrier Glass Surface Protectant clear polymer coating

    5. Natural sponge (optional)