Removing grills from a steel exterior door

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I'm doing a minor facelift of my kitchen and hate the grills in the door leading to the deck. They only screw in (were put in backwards!) and I'd love to just remove them altogether, not replacing them. They are plastic, discolored, and ugly. Hate the diamond pattern. Am I opening a can of worms by removing them? No manufacturer is on the door. Would I have to add trim at the perimeter of the glass or would silicone seal it? Just can't buy a new door now.
q removing grills from a steel exterior door, doors
q removing grills from a steel exterior door, doors
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  • William William on Jun 30, 2016
    This is going to be tricky! The frame/grid is what holds the glass in the door. If the diamond pattern is not attached to the glass it makes it easier. If it is attached to the glass, with a double stick tape, it gets a little involved. You need to check for that. Most of the time the pattern is not attached to the glass. Carefully remove the screws. They probably screw into plastic inserts in the door. Use a flat putty knife and gently pry the frame away from the door, moving around the frame every few inches. Hold on to the glass as you remove the frame. Use duct tape across the window to keep the glass from falling out. even though the glass is siliconed in the weight can make it fall out. You can reuse the frame by using a hack saw and carefully cutting the diamond pattern out. A little sanding to smooth out the cuts. Then reinsert the frame and screw it in.
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    • William William on Jun 30, 2016
      A shotgun =:)
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Jun 30, 2016
    William thoroughly gave perfect and thorough instructions. I would simply unscrew it if you can and see what is there. That may just be decorative. But that is not the case and if you can't get it off, there is a simple way. Break the glass out and take the frame off, replace the glass and use a imple few ieces of trim to frame it out again.
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    • Johnchip Johnchip on Jun 30, 2016
      I moved to the tropics.. not a problem here. ;)
  • Nancy Nancy on Jun 30, 2016
    Take the frame off. Cut the cross grill pieces off with a hacksaw. Be sure not to damage the outer frame. Sand the cut edges a bit. Paint if you wish with krypton plastic spray paint. Put the frame back on over the glass. This will save you the aggravation of buying new molding to hold the glass in. If you need privacy, find a nice stencil pattern and stencil the interior glass. Patience and time. Good luck.
    • Annie Annie on Jul 01, 2016
      Thank You Nancy. It's just that the grills are also in bad shape. Cracked in places, etc. truly appreciate your time
  • Annie Annie on Jul 01, 2016
    Haven't done it yet, with all this help I know how. Thanks everyone!
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