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Old 07-13-2013, 11:40 AM   #15
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Another possible rock guard solution for windows

3M makes a clear plastic self-adhesive material for covering expensive headlights. It's transparent, thick, flexible, and really does protect from all except very large pointy rocks/boulders. I believe (hope) you can buy it in sheets large enough to fully cover a trailer window.

Peel off the backing strip and you have a very strong adhesive backing that resists extreme cold (not sure about extreme heat - check manufacturers specs online). Some headlights get very hot, particularly if covered by this material.

I've been running this stuff on my vehicles' headlights for years with no fading, discolouration, shrinking, stretching, or peeling off.

NOTE: this is NOT the thinner stone guard plastic you can adhere to the front of your car. It's quite a bit thicker, and offers more protection.

Advantages:
- protects glass, metal without having to drill any holes in the trailer body.
- can draw cutlines on it with a pen. Cuts easily with ordinary scissors.
- can be peeled off (but likely not re-used).
- depending on your trailer layout, you'll still be able to see through the trailer
windows fore and aft while driving.

Disadvantages:
- adhesive is very strong. Take care installing it on the glass or metal surface, placing it exactly where you want it, 'cause you're not going to be able to move it once the adhesive touches the glass or metal. Product does come with instruction tips on how to install. Alternatively you could buy the stuff, and pay a window tinting business to cut it to shape and install it.
- like any good product that really works, it's expensive (but cheaper than replacing the glass).

I'll try to source this material through 3M to ascertain sizes available, and approximate costs. Anyone else out there have info on this product?

Remember to keep the shiny side up,
Will
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:44 AM   #16
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3M Alternative

I've used the 3M product on large glass windows on a couple of our buildings in the past. It is a very tough product and protects glass from breakage very well. One problem with it though is that if the glass is scratched or pitted, that imperfection is magnified when the 3M film is put on. It can look pretty ugly.
Just about any glass shop can order it (and install it). It comes in several thicknesses depending on the level of protection needed.
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Old 07-14-2013, 12:09 PM   #17
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Wouldn't smoked lexan also work? For Airstreams, Rivet it to the frame, protect the edges with door edge guard? Maybe?
Or even some aluminum sheets riveted to the frame, maybe painted black(automotive 2 part) to mimic the factory guards?

I did make some lower guards out of stainless sheets (no frame), with spacers,screws, finishing washers and plastic edging, I've been real happy with them (2 years)!
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:35 PM   #18
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I think Smoked Lexan would work just fine, and look great. I used the pebbled fiberglass because I had a sheet left over from another project. Plus I am cheap!
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What about the new spray-on product I've seen advertised for cars? Seems easy, probably tough enough and is removable.
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What about the new spray-on product I've seen advertised for cars? Seems easy, probably tough enough and is removable.
Please explain, are you saying to spray it on the windows, or on something else?
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You could spray the whole front if you wanted. It's supposedly perfectly clear and self-leveling so that it looks perfectly smooth. It should work fine on windows or the rock guards. Plus you could get the benefit of sealing any seams.

I'm considering buying some for the car and trying it out. Since it's so easy to remove, it's no sweat to take it off if I screw it up.
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Please report back, or do a test on a piece of glass to see if it is optically clear & without distortion.
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What about the new spray-on product I've seen advertised for cars? Seems easy, probably tough enough and is removable.
Do you have a website link to this product?
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:57 AM   #24
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I was thinking about trying Plasti Dip on my camper.
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It supposedly peels right off if you don't like it and wont damage the surface of what it is painted on. I haven't tried it myself yet but a co-worker coated the wheels and bumpers of his truck with it and it looks good.
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You could spray the whole front if you wanted. It's supposedly perfectly clear and self-leveling so that it looks perfectly smooth. It should work fine on windows or the rock guards. Plus you could get the benefit of sealing any seams.

I'm considering buying some for the car and trying it out. Since it's so easy to remove, it's no sweat to take it off if I screw it up.
This may be a dumb question, but how can a vertical application be "self-leveling"?
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:24 PM   #26
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you have to tip the trailer up on to it's end
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To be more serious. They call the property self levelling thixotropic products. That means, under low shear environments, the liquid has high viscosity, but when it subject to shear, the viscosity of the liquid become less. The material is formulated in such a way that the liquid will become smooth as it dries. That is what they call self leveling.
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Just finished a 600 mile trip with the Argosy. The rock guards worked perfectly, they never moved around in travel, came off easy, and went on fast. A friend of mine that was camping with us with a 1975 24' twin had the canvass rock guards, and mine went on a little faster then snapping his on. The only down side is you have to put them somewhere when they are not on the trailer. I just leaned them against the sides directly below the window they came off of.
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