'sticky' aluminum windows

paleblueDecember 22, 2010

Hi...I have windows that are about 30 years old. It's almost impossible to open them.. My back is not in good shape and it's actually painful to attempt lifting the

lower window. Would like to use a lubricant to help

the situation , but not sure what to use and I don't

want to make matters worse. Can anyone help? TIA

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Assuming you are referring to aluminum storm windows, I've used spray WD-40 on our aluminum storms. It helped, but be sure that nothing else is jamming the window, like paint or having the screens and storms in the same track. I also scrubbed the tracks and channels with a brass wire brush. Obv. leaves and other debris can get into the tracks and keep the windows from sliding and seating properly. If these are NOT storms, I can't help you. Good luck.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2010 at 9:40PM
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I've gotten good results withJig-a-Loo, a silicone lubricant one letter away from a racial epithet.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2010 at 10:14PM
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snort, snort, coffee all over my computer screen.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2010 at 8:08AM
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Paraffin provides an actual lubricant, as opposed to WD40.

Most of the contents of the WD40 can is solvent that evaporates leaving nearly nothing behind for actual lubrication.

You might need to clean any surfaces the rub together with a Scotch-Brite pad.

Aluminum can get pitted and rough enough to cause excessive friction on sliding parts.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2010 at 8:42AM
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