Post by tmschirner on Aug 26, 2012 23:23:00 GMT -5
Hi, Just got our '62 Airflyte and it has lots of water damage from the front windows around the dinette. We obviously need to replace the wood (front panel) and seal the windows again. In the meantime, what's the best way to seal the windows against further water damage? Where do the windows normally leak?
Also, the previous owner replaced the side dinette windows with plexi-glass. Where might we find replacements and how much do they usually run? Are they hard to install?
The dinette side window design was not a good one and were destined to leak. Be careful applying silicone as a temporary measure as you will only have to remove it when you do your permanent fix. Our side windows also had plexiglass. If you want to stick with plexiglass you can get Ace to cut you plexiglass to your specifications. Just make sure that same thickness is used. We also went to a local automotive glass establishment and they were able to match exactly our size and thickness.
Post by universalexports on Aug 27, 2012 16:50:59 GMT -5
are ou sure the side windows are plexiglass? sounds dumb, but I thought mine had plexy as well since when I tapped it it shook, turned out to be regular glass just real thin, which I ended up breaking, a local shop cut my glass for $18.00 a piece.
Post by Gone Kayaking on Aug 28, 2012 12:11:50 GMT -5
I did put lexan acrylic in my dinette windows as an experiment. I figure if I don't like it I can always switch back to glass. I also used lexan acrylic for the front windows, to get past the breakage issue.
1956 Shasta 1500
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A local glass shop made new window from my cardboard template for about $22. I did not use safety glass, just window glass like the original.
wingedwonder, Did you trace the window opening cutout without the metal framing around it? I am missing my side dinette windows in my 1961 Shasta 16SC and we took off the aluminum frame around it that was still there. Should I take a cardboard and trace that entire opening (without the aluminum frame) and have the glass cutter cut a piece for me that way? Thanks!
I used the plexiglass but kept the original glass glass just in case it turns out that the plexiglass sucks. One thing for sure is that with the plexiglass it doesn't leak. I test blasted it with the hose and squirter last week. No leaks.
Last Edit: Apr 19, 2013 0:06:59 GMT -5 by mobiltec
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The courage to strip the parts from the trailers I can't,
And the wisdom to know the difference.