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Old 09-07-2020, 03:53 PM   #1
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'63 Safari window seals replacement - should I use glue?

Hi Fellow Airstream lovers, I'm replacing the seals on my 1963 Safari, jalousie type windows, and I'm wondering if I should use a glue / sealant in the groove were the seal slips in. It appears that there was only a little used on the old seals, mainly in the corners. I did one window with no glue, the seal sits in there perfectly & I'm thinking maybe glue isn't necessary? I'd love to hear what some other folks think & have done AND what type of glue. attached is a photo of the type of seal I'm using. (Big thanks to Vintage Trailer Supply!)
~ John
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Old 09-08-2020, 10:54 PM   #2
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This is possibly just a terminology clarification, but the bulb seal you show is not used on Jalousie (i.e. louver style) windows as far as I know. It is used on Hehr Hallmark (i.e. bigger plate glass style) windows with the "T" section going into a groove on the window frame. Which window style are you actually asking about?

If you are asking about the Halmark windows, I cannot see where you would use any glue. I did not use any when I replaced the bulb seal on the Hallmarks in my 1962 Safari. I was able to fold the bulb seal around each corner and made the two ends meet in the middle of the top side of the window.
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Old 09-09-2020, 10:24 AM   #3
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You're correct, I should not have stated they were jalousie windows. I guess the cranking mechanism made me think they are jalousie type. For a minute I thought I had the wrong seals! They are correct, fortunately. What I have is shown in the photo here on Vintage trailer supply.
My old seals were cut at each corner and thats how I've done 3 of the windows so far. It appears glue was used in the corners, maybe thats why.
Thanks for your response!
~ John
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