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Old 08-26-2020, 07:36 PM   #1
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Window leaking at glazing

I believe that my window is leaking at what I would call the glazing on an old home window. What do you all recommend for this?

Just to clarify: It is not leaking at the shell, but rather the water gathers at the bottom of the window as the drops move down and then it slowly seeps in.

Thank you for any guidance! Just got my 1972 Argosy 20’ and still learning
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Old 08-26-2020, 07:46 PM   #2
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It sounds like a place I would try to seal with Captain Tolleys
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Old 08-26-2020, 08:57 PM   #3
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X2 on Captain Tolleys Creeping Crack Cure. Sounds like to check the seal on the outside. May have to clean the outside and squirt Tolleys between the gasket and glass. Good luck
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Old 08-27-2020, 03:35 AM   #4
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Thank you

Thank you both! Looks like I’m going to go purchase some Captain
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Old 08-27-2020, 06:16 AM   #5
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Ditto! Unless the existing seal is badly cracked, but instead still has life in it, the captain will not do you wrong. I just sealed the door window with it. Worked like a charm.
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Old 08-27-2020, 09:38 AM   #6
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I believe the real fix is taking the window completely apart and essentially rebuilding it. Lots of info on here about methods to do that. Safe to assume all your windows will need this, sorry.

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Old 08-27-2020, 09:51 AM   #7
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Which window?
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Old 08-27-2020, 11:28 PM   #8
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When my round windows leaked Airstream Service trimmed the sealant back to the edge of the glass, cleaned the glass and edge with denatured alcohol, and put a new bead around all the aluminum edging over the glass.
then leak checked it with their rain simulator. It has held for a number of years now (maybe 10 years or so).
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Old 08-29-2020, 02:46 AM   #9
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Thanks guskmg

Interesting. I like that as it seems clean and neat. Do you by chance remember what type of sealant they used? Seems like folks stay away from too much silicone...
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Old 08-29-2020, 05:27 AM   #10
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I just did mine like guskmg said. I used Acryl-R.
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Old 08-29-2020, 09:20 AM   #11
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The Acryl-R holds its color nicely. Silkaflex is a bit easier to run a bead but some of the colors do not hold quite so well. Avoid silicone sealants as its modulus of elasticity is low and tends to crack prematurely when experiencing constant vibration. It is great around the house (which is static) as it is easier to apply.
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Old 04-16-2024, 08:36 PM   #12
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I have a similar issue with a leak, did this fix happen on the exterior or interior of the window? Ours is leaking in from the bottom seal on the exterior of the glass between the glass and the exterior aluminum frame of the window (if that makes sense).

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When my round windows leaked Airstream Service trimmed the sealant back to the edge of the glass, cleaned the glass and edge with denatured alcohol, and put a new bead around all the aluminum edging over the glass.
then leak checked it with their rain simulator. It has held for a number of years now (maybe 10 years or so).
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Old 04-16-2024, 08:38 PM   #13
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Having the same issue on a brand new airstream, wondering what your fix was and how it worked out?


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I believe that my window is leaking at what I would call the glazing on an old home window. What do you all recommend for this?

Just to clarify: It is not leaking at the shell, but rather the water gathers at the bottom of the window as the drops move down and then it slowly seeps in.

Thank you for any guidance! Just got my 1972 Argosy 20’ and still learning
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Old 04-16-2024, 10:16 PM   #14
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Is this on a double-glazed window..?? Are you aware that small “vents” exist on double-glazed Airstream windows..? These are intended to allow condensation to ventilate/evaporate…but can sometimes give the appearance of a leaking window.

(Look for a small, horizontal pair of slits in the weatherseal between the windows.)

If the water is not entering the cabin then it’s no problem.
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Old 04-17-2024, 05:50 AM   #15
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I believe this issue to be commonly overlooked and the source of unknown water entry in to an airstream. The water runs down the exterior glass, lays in the groove between the glass and the aluminum skin/trim, and seeps under the glass in to the interior channel of the window. One must determine if the water inside laying in the channel is leakage, or simply condensation that has run down the interior of the glass.

Anyway, here's my fix, the method being given me from a trusted source, and I quote...

"We would clean the groove out with alcohol. Then use Gray Adseal to seal the gap. We would use a finger to push the sealant down in the gap and smooth it out. You can use painters tape on the edge to give you a clean sealant line."

So yeah, that's what I did. I didn't get down in that groove and dig a whole bunch of stuff out, I just brushed out the loose stuff. I used the painters tape. The adseal, in the shade, on a not so blistering hot day, tools nicely. I did every non opening window on our rig.
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Old 04-17-2024, 10:51 PM   #16
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It does not have the venting, it's not really glazing maybe? This issue just sounded similar, maybe I was wrong. Water is intruding between the glass and the exterior sealant that sits between the window glass and the exterior metal window frame. It then works its way down to the interior bottom seam of the glass leaks out and pools up. You can watch the water work its way down. It is not to be doing this. It is a 2024 model, this is happening on the panoramic curved windows. This is not condensation, we did a water test.


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Is this on a double-glazed window..?? Are you aware that small “vents” exist on double-glazed Airstream windows..? These are intended to allow condensation to ventilate/evaporate…but can sometimes give the appearance of a leaking window.

(Look for a small, horizontal pair of slits in the weatherseal between the windows.)

If the water is not entering the cabin then it’s no problem.
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Old 04-17-2024, 10:53 PM   #17
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This is exactly what I just inquired about! We are experiencing this on our brand new 2024 airstream.

I heard to add lord adhesive, as that is what is already in there?

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I believe this issue to be commonly overlooked and the source of unknown water entry in to an airstream. The water runs down the exterior glass, lays in the groove between the glass and the aluminum skin/trim, and seeps under the glass in to the interior channel of the window. One must determine if the water inside laying in the channel is leakage, or simply condensation that has run down the interior of the glass.

Anyway, here's my fix, the method being given me from a trusted source, and I quote...

"We would clean the groove out with alcohol. Then use Gray Adseal to seal the gap. We would use a finger to push the sealant down in the gap and smooth it out. You can use painters tape on the edge to give you a clean sealant line."

So yeah, that's what I did. I didn't get down in that groove and dig a whole bunch of stuff out, I just brushed out the loose stuff. I used the painters tape. The adseal, in the shade, on a not so blistering hot day, tools nicely. I did every non opening window on our rig.
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