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Old 03-16-2015, 05:30 PM   #1
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Sliding window channels....

It's time to replace the leaking window channels on my three sliding windows. I see there are two kinds available; the felt type and the solid plastic type. Which one is better?
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Old 03-16-2015, 06:48 PM   #2
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I have the felt and replaced it 5 years ago. The windows slide open and don't rattle, the potential to rattle is what I would worry about using plastic.
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Old 03-16-2015, 10:05 PM   #3
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Plastic on the bottom where the glass rests. Felt fuzz for the surrounds. Easier to wash out the salt crud and keep it sliding smoother.
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Old 03-16-2015, 10:45 PM   #4
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Have used both over the years. I favor the plastic (Beckson Brand only) by far.
The valor material in the metal stuff gets mildew and is impossible to get it out plus it does rot away, and caulking does not stick to the SS well at all. The plastic track grips the glass slightly, no rattles, nothing to rot away, and can be caulked in tight and is actually more watertight. It does however take a wider space to install it in.
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Old 03-21-2015, 01:55 AM   #5
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I have had the felt in the metal type for years. Don't like it. It is a PIA to set screws so they don't contact the window glass. The slipper strip won't stay put or breaks. I will still use it for the ends and the tops but not for the bottom where the glass actualy slides.

I now make my own plastic slides, for the bottom, on my table saw out of black uhmwpe. Works well and I have not noticed any rattling.
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Old 03-21-2015, 08:34 AM   #6
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I replaced my old tracks a few years back, put in the same style I had, the stainless with felt. Think it was a mistake the felt is starting to come apart again!


Will try the plastic tracks next time.


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I replaced my old tracks a few years back, put in the same style I had, the stainless with felt. Think it was a mistake the felt is starting to come apart again!


Will try the plastic tracks next time.


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I was considering putting alloy tracks on my cat; I'm going to go with plastic now.

Thanks for all the info on this thread.
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I was considering putting alloy tracks on my cat; I'm going to go with plastic now.

Thanks for all the info on this thread.
You won't be disappointed if you have the width to accept it. Get the good Beckson brand stuff, it's more $ but worth it.
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Can the plastic be install with the windows in place and glass installed?
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Old 03-22-2015, 03:50 PM   #10
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I am askin' the same thing, as my frames are held in place with that godawful 5200.
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We replaced our window tracks this past fall. I removed the windows. I can't imagine doing it with the windows in. I ordered these from Fisheries. (free shipping)


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