We had our house built in 1996, so it is now 17 years old. Aluminum windows
Some windows that are seldom used are difficult to open, I think, and hope,
that lubing them
will fix that problem. I just don't know what kind of lube to use. I know
WD 40 is a no, and I
don't want something that will be a dirt & dust magnet.
What do you guys suggest? Oh yeah, and thanks.
No. It says in 4 different places:
CaUtion: Do not allow panels to soak in water. only use the cleaning
solutions listed above. never use scouring compounds, sandpaper,
gasoline, benzene, acetone, carbon tetrachloride, de-icing fluids,
mineral spirits, lacquer thinner, armor all®, Lysol®, Simple green®, wood
wash, MeK or other strong solvents, wD-40®, vegetable oil, lime-a-way®,
or highly alkaline or abrasive cleaning agents. Do not power-wash.
My vote, also. My wife cleaned all our windows last summer and I rubbed
paraffin in all the rubbing surfaces then slid the windows back and
forth several times. They still work perfectly a year later.
Hmm. WHY are they difficult to open? Several reasons come to mind:
1. The tracks and other parts that slide together are dirty.
2. The aluminum itself has become corroded.
3. The foundation of the house has shifted causing a warping of the tracks.
Lubrication is not the best answer for any of the three, although it may
Try first a detailed cleaning, complete with a mildly acetic solution to
knock down any aluminum oxide buildup. Perhaps even steel wool on the really
Before the OP cleans off the evidence, he should look for spots that are
shinier than others. That would be a good indication of warping of the
frame and what areas need attention.
I once did commercial glass work, store fronts and automatic doors. I
worked with a lot of aluminum sliding parts and the best thing to lube
sliding aluminum parts with is saw wax. It can be obtained from most
good hardware suppliers and it will prove to be useful for many things.
One tube will last a typical homeowner for years. ^_^
Well, it's waterproof and doesn't wash away with plain water. A thin
film doesn't attract any more dust than any other lube I've used but
you can wipe the surface clean with a rag and reapply as needed. How
long it lasts really depends on use, I've never really considered how
long because anytime I'd service equipment, I'd clean and reapply the
saw wax to the needed parts. Oh yea, you should really learn the
difference between "silicon" and "silicone", sorry, I have to tease you
about that. I doubt you would want to bump into a woman equipped with
"silicon" implants. ^_^
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