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Old 11-28-2015, 03:21 PM   #15
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Peter, what is that tool for?
you will not believe it...its to scratch the glass for "their" poly to stick. Black vulkem 116 does not need that if the glass is super clean.
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you will not believe it...its to scratch the glass for "their" poly to stick. Black vulkem 116 does not need that if the glass is super clean.
Peter.

Sealing a leaky windshield, is a very easy task, when like other things, is done correctly.

Old windshield gaskets get very hard. They also can shrink ever so slightly.

Replacing the gasket, should take care of windshield leaks, BUT, might fix one and cause another. Replacing the gasket is really a 2 man job, and is not cheap with dollars as well as time invested.

The very best way to seal a windshield gasket, is as follows.

Clean the inner and outer edges of the gasket, namely on the windshield side, clean that edge of the gasket, and about 1/2 inch or so of the glass that's next to the gasket, using a very good cleaner, such as lacquer thinner, alcohol, or the like.

Also clean the outer edge of the gasket, being careful not to use anything that could attack the paint, so lacquer thinner is out for that little job.

After the very good cleaning is done, those seam edges can filled using either black Vulkem or black Sikoflex sealants.

NEVER EVER USE ANY SILICONE SEALER .

That sealing job, when done properly, should last several decades.

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Old 11-28-2015, 07:43 PM   #17
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you will not believe it...its to scratch the glass for "their" poly to stick. Black vulkem 116 does not need that if the glass is super clean.
Interesting, I've not seen one of those before. I think I would prefer to clean the glass rather than rough it up!
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Old 11-29-2015, 12:04 PM   #18
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I called Inland RV this week and they do not have the gasket.

Took a closer look at my MH this week and I think I found the problem. By removing the spline in the center of the gasket you can gain access to the problem. The gasket folds back easily without the spline. Now I see why it leaks so bad.
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Correction.
Inland called today. They do have the gasket after all. $395 plus $65 shipping.

Local Glass guy says he thinks my gasket is much less than 35 years old. Will re-calk it later this week.
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Old 12-01-2015, 02:41 PM   #20
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How was the gasket originally sealed to the skin on the MH at the top?


I don't think my spline is leaking, it's the seal at the top against the skin...


I have a 76', the seal listed was for the next Gen on MH's. Are the windows different?


Thanks for the info/pix guys.
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Windscreens and windscreen seals are the same from 1974 to the 'anteaters' (Tony's description, not mine!)
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How was the gasket originally sealed to the skin on the MH at the top?


I don't think my spline is leaking, it's the seal at the top against the skin...


I have a 76', the seal listed was for the next Gen on MH's. Are the windows different?


Thanks for the info/pix guys.
I am not suggesting that the spline leaks but, that by removing the spline you can peel the gasket back away from the body allowing you to place sealant between the body and the gasket.
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I am not suggesting that the spline leaks but, that by removing the spline you can peel the gasket back away from the body allowing you to place sealant between the body and the gasket.
Now that's interesting, I'd not considered that approach before. Using this method would certainly help in making the windshield water tight.

I'm going to have to look closer at my rubber gasket to see how hard or easy it would be to remove the spline.

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Now that's interesting, I'd not considered that approach before. Using this method would certainly help in making the windshield water tight.

I'm going to have to look closer at my rubber gasket to see how hard or easy it would be to remove the spline.

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I think removing it is easy, installing may be a different story. They do make a spline installation tool. one version looks like this
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I think removing it is easy, installing may be a different story. They do make a spline installation tool. one version looks like this
Yeah, taking something apart is easy. It's getting it back together again that's the real problem!

The spline tool you pictured seems to only be available in the UK. Not cheap especially when you add in shipping from the UK.

Know of any other sources for the tool?
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Yeah, taking something apart is easy. It's getting it back together again that's the real problem!

The spline tool you pictured seems to only be available in the UK. Not cheap especially when you add in shipping from the UK.

Know of any other sources for the tool?
If it helps I will be going back to my place in UK over Christmas, so can carry it back if needed?
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These tools are not hard to find. Windshield Locking Strip Tool They have 3 or 4 different tools from about $12 to $25.
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These tools are not hard to find. Windshield Locking Strip Tool They have 3 or 4 different tools from about $12 to $25.
Thanks Dan.

There are some definite differences in design! The one posted by Peter would from appearances seem to be the best for removing or installing a spline. But that doesn't mean it's better, just different.

Has anyone used any of the various spline install/removal tools that could give a recommendation as to which is the easiest to use?
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