Restoring my Westy Louvre windows

Discussion in 'Restorations' started by z4alfie, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. Hi All,

    Ive almost finished retoring my louvres on the westy, dismantled, cleaned, polished, oiled and reassembled with new knobs. They look great with no pitting or tarnish. However, Ive ordered new rubbers to refit them to the van but really need to replace the little rubber seals that fit around the glass where it sits in the aluminium frame. Its a simple rubber channel and KJ and Heritage want £40.00 per window fpr a kit that you cut to size yourself. Does anyone know of an alternative? Ill get some pictures posted of my lovely shiney windows a bit later,. Cheers
     
  2. 72wilma

    72wilma Moderator

    Please can you tell us how you polished them too? I spoiled mine a bit by using a wire brush on a dremmel :eek: and now want to get them looking good again
     
  3. Yes, Wait for it................. Brillo pads, rub in one direction only, (not across or in a circular motion) tedious but does the job. Then, tinfoil (shiney side out) in a ball and rub in the same direction, turning it all the time. It goes black and makes a weird smell, this is normal. Then lightly again with a new brillo pad until its super shiney. Then Fibre glass polish. If you are left with any stubborn pitting, use a very light grade abrasive wheel on your dremmel and finish off with brillo, tinfoil and polish again. They look the dogs.
     
  4. Did you laquer them afterwards as Aluminium will oxidise & spoil the nice polished finish.

    Let us know how you get on with the rubbers as mine need doing sometime!
     
  5. Nope, I didnt lacquer them, keeping them waxed will do the trick. Still no luck with the rubber kit though :-[
     

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