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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthorRex
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2020
    What ho one and all,

    We have two sliding windows that open onto balconies (that we never use! Next time will not build a balcony.) Both windows are like van doors sliding; i.e. they pull inwards first before sliding and the locking handle makes a weather tight seal.

    Aluminium external, timber (painted) internal. Externally, there is a rubber seal on the fixed frame that meets with the ali of the sliding section. Internally, the sliding section has a compressible rubber seal that squishes against the internal fixed painted frame.

    Over the years, although the rubber has not perished (yet) during winter, it almost 'bonds' itself to the paint and requires some levering to free.

    I would imagine that wiping the rubber with silicone would prevent the bonding, but that is not a good idea.

    What would be a good way to clean and/or prevent this bonding? The rubber is not actually 'sticking' to the paint as such in that there is no damage to either surface; it's more like long contact makes releasing the window to open, a challenge.

    Toodle pip and thanks

    • CommentAuthorrevor
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2020
    You could try glycerine, talcum powder/French chalk,Halfords do a silicon spray for car door and window seals you don't say why silicon is not a good idea. Perhaps a cloth wetted with WD 40 and wiped over is worth a try.
    • CommentAuthorRex
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2020
    In my limited experience, silicone is not a good idea because it will be slightly absorbed into the paint on the internal wood, and you or someone in the future) will never be able to paint over it. The paint will not adhere at all.
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