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Progress on polishing and 1 Vistview window broken

Posted 09-04-2009 at 02:05 PM by Bowmans

We are now down to the rear endcap on polishing and it's about halfway done.

I finally ordered the gaskets for the Vistaview windows last week from Can-Am. The tint peeling in between the panes is too much to look at every day. The gaskets arrived and are rectangular from the side to fit in the area left by the inside pane you break and remove. I decided to try one this weekend. It was suprisingly simple to break the inside pane of glass and pull it all out. I went super slow so as not to break the outside pane and it only took 1 hour to get the one window done. This included cleaning the frame and window, resealing with Vulkem and putting in the gasket. Below are some shots from before and after...


With the pane broken. I used clear tape over the window so the shards didn't fall all over the place:

After it was all over:

Now the larger windows look bad... It never seems to end! HAHAHA.
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  1. Old Comment
    Nice job. Do the gaskets come in different sizes? Where did you apply the vulkem? Are you polishing the trailer yourself? We just purchased a "78" Ambassador that needs stripped and polished...contemplating doing it ourselves. Any advice? Thanks...

    Posted 09-05-2009 at 08:27 PM by
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    Bowmans's Avatar
    Thanks. Call Cam-am RV in Canada (Can-Am RV > Home) on the gaskets. There are different types of Vistaview windows and some come apart to clean, others like ours are sealed and have to break out the inside pane. They can make sure you get the right gasket.

    Since ours were the sealed kind, we broke out the inside pane, cleaned up the track really good, cut out the rubber seals in there until the outside pane was loose in the frame. Then put Vulkem between the outside window and the outside edge of the track and push the inide of the window pane to reseat to the outside. I then put another bead of Vulkem on the inside, where the glass meets the frame and inserted the gasket. We will see if it keeps water out

    On the polishing, we are doing it ourselves. It has been 300 hours so far and we are almost done. If it is worth the time to you, the best resource I can suggest is the perfectpolish.com website.

    Good luck,
    Posted 09-06-2009 at 09:36 AM by Bowmans Bowmans is offline
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    adwriter73's Avatar
    You made this look easy. How did you break the glass so as not to break the outside glass? I'm going to attempt this project this weekend. And...how is the seal holding up to keep water out?
    Posted 02-08-2010 at 10:08 PM by adwriter73 adwriter73 is offline
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    Bowmans's Avatar
    I sent you a PM with details but if anyone else reads this, we used a flat blade screwdriver wedged in between the inside pane of glass and the frame. Then tapped it in with a hammer, light, little taps. Once the glass goes, you will know it. I was just real cautious (more than needed probably) and took my time. It really doesn't take much time at all though. 45 minutes each on the last 3 maybe? I broke them out in September 2009. It is now February 2010 and we had 2 really hard storms with sideways downpour as well as about 34" total of snow (14", then 14" then 6"), most is melted and still no leaks except one that popped up mid-winter around the AC. The seal probably need replacing and isn't a big deal. We found a little puddle on the epoxied floor after the largest rain storm (maybe 2" X 2"). Felt around the AC cowel and a little more settled inside there. Will have to take it off and re-gasket this summer.
    Posted 02-11-2010 at 05:11 PM by Bowmans Bowmans is offline
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    I wanted to post an update on the Vista View and Wing windows we broke out and made single pane. It has been a year and a half since we re-sealed these windows and all of the seals have held up with no leaks.
    Posted 05-09-2011 at 05:46 PM by Bowmans Bowmans is offline
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    Thanks for sharing the great info! I've started working on this little job myself. I've got six of the eight inner-panes removed so far. I've called CanAm, but I need to call them back on Monday with some measurements.
    Posted 04-05-2014 at 01:50 PM by swirkus swirkus is offline
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    BTW, is CanAm the only source for the gasket that you know of?
    Posted 04-05-2014 at 01:51 PM by swirkus swirkus is offline

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