As I mentioned in a previous posting, I'm getting ready to restore all of the steel casement windows in our apartment. The building is from the 1930s and I'm not sure how long the current paint and glazing has been there. (pictures to come)
One of my neighbors has redone all of her windows and she'll be sharing some of her secrets, but I'm also doing some research.
First, who actually specializes in fixing these types of windows:
Seekircher Steel Window Repair - Peekskill, NY - they restore and repair old windows. Here's an article in the New York Times about John Seekircher.
Re-view - Kansas City, MO - has a nice step-by-step instruction of how they restore steel windows.
J Sussman - Jamaica, NY - they craft custom steel windows.
Second, what how-to articles are out there:
ThisOldHouseWeb - Someone writes in asking how to fix cold and drafty steel casements.
ThisOldHouseWeb - A detailed article describing the restoration process.
The Steel Window Institute - Who's who of steel window manufacturers
Third, the pictures:
Here's a standard steel casement window from the 1930s.
You'll notice here that the outside glazing on the glass is worn away and missing a protective coat of paint.
Here you can see rust forming on the inside of the window as well as it not closing completely.