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Old 12-15-2018, 03:25 PM   #1
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Hi, folks. I'm resealing the windows on our 1977 Trillium 4500. One down, 4 to go, if I'm unlucky.


I got the first one out and back in again with no real issues except that I wreaked havoc on the ensolite around the window. I attached a couple of photos...

It's kind of embarrassing, I can't believe that I am the first Trillium DIY guy (or gal) to have this happen, especially since, as David T. says, it's virtually impossible to separate ensolite from the wood frame. So here's my question. What solutions have you come up with for damaged ensolite around window?

I'd be grateful...thanks!
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Old 12-15-2018, 05:01 PM   #2
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On thing I know NOT to do is to use traditional contact cement. Yes, it sticks well, but I had no control over how it attached, so I ended up with wrinkles.


That was my first window. After that, I just glued it with hot melt adhesive, between the ensolite and the wood. Once the windows were installed, I carefully stuffed the edges into the window frame cavity.
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Old 12-15-2018, 08:05 PM   #3
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You can always redo completely. Haha
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:36 PM   #4
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Not ready for that!

I don't think I'll be redoing it completely...I am working towards some sort of frame, either wood or fabric. No decision yet.
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Old 12-29-2018, 11:41 AM   #5
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If you still have the torn pieces you can use paintable silicone to glue the pieces back on. Use masking tape or a spring stick to apply light pressure to a board or piece of door skin laid on top until the silicone dries. This way the piece follows the natural contours of the inner walls. The remaining crack is filled and smoothed with paintable silicone ( ie. dynaflex exterior goop).
Lastly, paint the area with exterior paint to match, or paint the whole area (recommend Monamel paint from Sherwin Williams).
If done well you will not be able to see a difference.
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:44 AM   #6
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Thanks, Pete...this is very helpful. Much appreciated.



I think the ensolite around my first window was too badly damaged, but I did a much better job on the second, and I will apply this method to the repair of the deliberate slits I made to get the wood frame out.



After this...I'll reseal the windows, but it will be toothpicks and glue unless I find rotten wood.



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For larger bad sections you can cut a patch from a hidden space (inside a bench, perhaps) and replace it with a piece of Reflectix or plain closed cell foam where it won't show.
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Thanks, John...
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