re-bed window panes in new glazing putty or...
So I've been poking around about old window maintenance and restoration and read Terry Meany's book Working Windows. But I want to refine my plan of attack. For example, many sources recommend bedding the window glass in a thin, 1/8" or so bead of glazing compound (after scraping out the old bedding and prepping the wooden frame with scraping, maybe sanding, and an oil based primer).
I would like to do the rebedding step once in my life and be done with it. Reglazing I don't mind doing again, but this business of prying out all the glaziers points and trying to get the glass out without breaking it, prepping the frame, etc, I only want to do once. So, we're looking for 40-50 year performance or more. Now, I definitely plan to reglaze the windows with traditional glazing compound, but for this bedding step, I'd like to consider other alternatives. what about silicone caulk? or glazing tape? I just think the silicone would be easier and faster to apply, the glass would be less likely to break when I press it into place (because the silicone is more flexible and giving than glazing compound, which is rather stiff), and would seal much longer than the glazing compound, which eventually dries out, cracks, and powders. Am I off in my assumptions? I just want to get the best, long term results without any gotchas.