Originally Posted by 73gitane
Roady, I wimped out and used Permatex black rtv sealant I had. A very fine line of sealant was used. I masked off about a 1/16" width along the window frame so this is a very fine bead. But it's enough to keep the water from wicking through.
It's all good. You fixed the problem and with resources you had on hand. I can't see a better solution.
And silicone isn't all bad. Something most people don't know is that there are 2 kinds of silicone out there.
1. Acetic acid (vinegar) based that has the typical "silicone" odor. You smell the outgassing acetic acid acid as the material cures.
2. Alchohol-based, that does not smell hardly at all. Permatex "The Right Stuff" is one example of this type. Loctite makes a version too.
The alcohol-based is best for gasketing and bonding. It is stronger, bonds better, and is much more resistant to oil. Costs a lot more too.
Neither type will hold paint or other adhesives very well.