Repaired leaky window

On our trip this window leaked while driving through tropical storm Debby. I was able to stop the leak by taping the seam with aluminum tape. Glad I used aluminum tape instead of duct tape. The aluminum tape peeled off easily and left no residue.

The leak in this window indicated the bedding tape has failed. It’s the tape that keeps the water out.

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Replacing the tape means replacing the window. I was able to get a ‘double strength’ window cut for $12. Here is the best way to remove the window.

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The reason that this is the best way to replace the tape is because by the time you get the window pryed off, it will be broken anyway. Might as well control it. I did find that 3/4 of the bottom of the window was not held by the tape anymore. That was the leak.

I cleaned up the old bedding tape with my rotary tool and installed new tape.

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I seated the newly cut window in the frame and reattached the rubber trim. This should stop the leak. I took a look at the rest of the windows. It seems I’ve now replaced five of the eight windows. It’s probably a good idea just to do all of them during your restoration.

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4 thoughts on “Repaired leaky window

  1. Frank Yensan

    I am curious, did you re use the rubber gaskets you had, used new, or used the newish pvc lengths offered by VTS?

  2. Tim Post author

    I reused the trim. It’s the stuff from Vintage Trailer Supply that I put on originally five years ago. Still very pliable.

  3. Frank Yensan

    I have not used the pvc stuff and was looking for a review. I like the rubber personally…

  4. Ross

    All VTS offers is the new plastic PVC stuff, where can I find the rubber tape? My ’61 Overlander has rubber tape. Thanks!

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