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Old 12-30-2014, 01:29 AM   #15
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At this point you don't want a lot of the Sitkaflex to be squishing out of the window frame, just to have enough in there that it catches the edge of the Lexans sides to hold it in place for the next fun step, so if you have excess squeezing out use a few paper towels dampened with the rapid remover to remove to excess goo. Now comes the fun part
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Old 12-30-2014, 01:34 AM   #16
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Now I don't know if any of you remember making chinese throwing stars out of Popsicle sticks in elementary school but I remember making these friction fit bad boys and having a blast throwing them around and making them explode

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well using a version of that old grade school art form is how I ensured my windows set well in the center of the windows channel and not pressed hard against just the two opposing sides of bare metal. Because I am using the cold forming method of installing...ie the Lexan is not bent with heat to fit the contoured wing... the replacement window will want to try hard to stay flat so I know that if I didn't protect the glass from that happening the pressure and friction of the glass rubbing bare metal would lower the windows life expectancy. So here come the magic of friction frame crafting with a help of a friend on the other side.

Using bamboo skewers we worked together with my marvelous Mike on one side and me on the other to center the glass in the frame, but of course the skewers kept wanting to slowly tip over so this is were the friction fit basket weaving style came in to play.


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We left it to set overnight and removed to skewers the next day after the Sitkaflex had cured up some
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Old 12-30-2014, 01:40 AM   #17
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When we pulled the skewers out the next day some of the sitkaflex had creeped up the sticks onto the visible glass surface area. Even though the sitkaflex is semi cured at this stage the Rapid Remover still made easy work of removing the sitkaflex from the Lexan. (After a week or two though it is really difficult to get off)
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Old 12-30-2014, 02:01 AM   #18
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For the final steps we started by taping off the exterior of the window and leaving the bamboo sticks on the interior as there were a few spots were the goop wasn't quite thick enough to hold it in it's wanted postion. After taping we again used the Sitkaflex that was first pumped into medicine droppers to caulk the outside of the window. This is where it would get really messy if you didn't have Rapid remover to clean up the excess Sitkaflex off the trailer and yourself. For tooling the Sitkaflex into a nice tidy convex bead I just used my bare fingers. First I sprayed a half the paper towel with the Rapid remover and holding the towel in one hand and getting good and goopy with the other I would alternate between getting my finger damp with the rapid remover and running my finger along the edge to make the bead nice and tidy and then wiping the excess sitkaflex that would inevitably build up on my finger off on the dry half of the paper and then re-dampening with Rapid remover and continuing on. Repeat until done. I immediately removed the tape and did the same dampen the finger and smooth out the edge thing where the sitkaflex meets the glass.

Lastly, with a dampened finger I wiped any excess that had crept over to the front face of the aluminum to tidy that up.

I left it to cure another day then did the inside in the same fashion

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Looks pretty darn good
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Old 01-05-2015, 04:02 PM   #19
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Awesome technique and great write up! I'm not looking forward to fixing mine in the near future...
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Old 04-04-2016, 03:53 PM   #20
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If these curved trims are cracked, do you know of a source to replace them? I have looked and looked.
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Old 04-04-2016, 06:20 PM   #21
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If you mean the exterior aluminium window frame in cracked... for a '69 it's pretty close to unobtainium because this model was only made for the one year no one reproduces them. You would need to find a very experienced aluminium welder to fix them
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:34 PM   #22
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I have a 76 31 sovereign with double pane windows and I want to install one single pane of glass in each frame. My problem is I need a gasket to hold the glass in place. I have looked everywhere and now one has a gasket to make this work. Help Jack
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:56 PM   #23
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Old 04-05-2016, 07:17 AM   #24
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No, the plastic interior window frames that cover the raw edges of the aluminum where they meet the windows.
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Oh those, inland RV sells them almost 100 bucks each, plus shipping. You can also repair them with regular old Yellow ABS plumbing glue and fiberglass fabric from the backside. Then sand and paint with Krylon Fusion for plastics. I like the Dover white satin colour :-)
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Old 04-06-2016, 09:41 AM   #26
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Thank you so much!!!!
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Oh those, inland RV sells them almost 100 bucks each, plus shipping. You can also repair them with regular old Yellow ABS plumbing glue and fiberglass fabric from the backside. Then sand and paint with Krylon Fusion for plastics. I like the Dover white satin colour :-)
Repairing the old wing window close outs, that are old plastic, can be done. But, you still have the old plastic, which will continue to crack.

Replacements are fiberglass.

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