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mitsumoder
window in shower
mitsumoder

I just bought a 1960's house. It has newer anderson casement style wood windows that are very nice. My problem is in the shower there is a window. I clear coated all of the wood and trim heavily with many coats and caulked everything. Here we are a month later and the wood is starting to darken at cracks and seams as though it is rotting. I have no idea what to do. My wife and I really like having the window in the shower, but do not want to ruin this nice new window. What do we do?
-Tom Casper
Cols. Grove, OH

mitsumoder
Re: window in shower
mitsumoder

this problem must be pretty hard to fix considering no one out there has any suggestions...

canuk
Re: window in shower
canuk

The problem is you have a wood frame window in a very high moisture area and if you are using an interior grade of "clear" coat this won't withstand the constant moisture.

Regardless how much and type of clear coat applied to the surface won't prevent moisture from reaching the back side which isn't coated. Once the moisture reaches the unprotected part of the wood this will be absorbed and cause the coating you apply to the surface to fail.

So unless you coat all 4 sides of the wood and hermetically seal the window frame where it meets the wall you will continue to have issues.

In my opinion windows in a shower are a problem but if you really want one then you should consider replacing with a solid vinyl/PVC framed window.

havanagranite
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havanagranite

some times you have to wait to get the good ideas. have to think about it for a while before an idea strikes you, well me atleast.

think marine grade. I would look at marine paints for above the water line, because paint below the water line has chemicals in it that are rather rough to keep away alge. I know west marine has some nice paints. if it works on boats it should work for you. not all wood on boats is made of teak so they have to have good protection for any thats not. let us know what you decide and how it goes

mitsumoder
Re: window in shower
mitsumoder

thanks for the suggestions, replacing the window is way out of the budget considering we have a baby on the way. painting sounds ok but as the previous post says, "moisture will get to the backside of the wood". still trying to come up with something besides a second curtin covering the window.

havanagranite
Re: window in shower
havanagranite

caulk and marine paint. works on boats will work on your window if applied right.

gbecki49
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gbecki49

I had this problem in one of my previous homes. I stripped and sanded the window to get down to the "good" stuff, then applied 5 coats of marine varnish, allowing it to dry completely between coats. Then, caulked well around the window to prevent moisture from getting onto the back side. This remedy held for about 4 years and at that time, I replaced it with a vinyl window. That was years ago and I have since come to the conclusion that the only sensible thing to use if you have a window in the shower is glass block. Just my opinion of course.

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