Hi all, I have just begun to get my new (to me) '78 Surfside
in watertight condition. Pretty much all the windows
leak at this point. Unfortunately, as I have started removing and cleaning them up, I'm finding a re-build on the jalousies probably won't be possible. For sure 2 of the 4 windows
have had seriously 'creative' rigging done to them. One had screws through the glass into the aluminum frame where a top frame piece was missing on a glass panel, and long wood screws going right through the aluminum frame into the wood frame on the side holding the mechanism in place. One has an unholy combination of silicone, what I think is some sort of roofing compound, and screws that have been used to seal the panels shut. I haven't taken out the other two yet, but even if they aren't totally messed up, at that point I'm going to be replacing two of the windows
with modern sliding ones. I was looking for awning
style, but couldn't find any in Canada that were reasonably price. Sunview in BC gave me a good quote on custom sliders, but they will only do windows with rounded corners in the frame.
So here's my question, is it easier/better to stick with the original window cutout size, and add fibreglass in the corners so that I can cut them to a 3.5" radius, or do I cut the window openings a little bit bigger so that the current point is in the middle of the curve? With those, what do people find are the best way to cut, or best material/system for filling in some window space? I'm curious if a putty like Marine-Tex would work for moulding around the corners, or if I would be better off making some sort of backing, adding a bit in each corner, then cutting it round. I'm not super experienced with fibreglassing.