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Old 09-27-2019, 08:33 PM   #1
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Window seal lubricant idea—has anyone tried this?

To keep my window seals from sticking to the glass, I have tried a couple of things that were suggested: 1) rubbing silicone spray and 2) using olive oil on the seals. Neither of these practices has worked very well for me, and it seems that the seals again stick to the glass fairly soon, making opening the widows a real chore—I expect many have had this same experience.

I saw something about a product today that piqued my interest—a silicone grease used to lubricate seals on Honda vehicles. It is Shin-Etsu silicone grease and while a bit pricey, seems like it may have some merit. In the research that I did I found good reviews, but no mention of the specific application to lubricate Airstream widow seals so they do not stick.

Has anyone else had experience with this product, specifically to cure the window sticking issue, and with what results? Has anyone used other proven tactics successfully?

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I use Otis silicon plumbing grease.
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Old 09-27-2019, 09:14 PM   #3
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Our dealer recommended 303 Protectant, as does AS I think. This version [wipes] is lightweight, easy to use, can't spill liquid anywhere, etc.:

https://www.amazon.com/303-Protectan...gateway&sr=8-6
https://airstreamsupplycompany.com/p...s/formula-303/

303 mentions on AF: https://www.google.com/search?q=303+...com&gws_rd=ssl

The wipes are also handy for things like the awning arms and their spring-loaded lock-in pins.
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Aerospace 303 is also recommended by ZipDee for protecting the awning fabric.
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Old 09-27-2019, 09:43 PM   #5
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For several years I've used Oatey silicone grease that plumbers use to prolong life of gaskets. A Q-tip dipped and applied to the window gasket keeps the seals pliable and keeps the window from sticking. It is inexpensive and readily available. One container will last for years. Cost ~$3.50.
https://www.oatey.com/ASSETS/DOCUMEN...coneGrease.pdf
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to keep my window seals from sticking to the glass, i have tried a couple of things that were suggested: 1) rubbing silicone spray and 2) using olive oil on the seals. Neither of these practices has worked very well for me, and it seems that the seals again stick to the glass fairly soon, making opening the widows a real chore—i expect many have had this same experience.

I saw something about a product today that piqued my interest—a silicone grease used to lubricate seals on honda vehicles. It is shin-etsu silicone grease and while a bit pricey, seems like it may have some merit. In the research that i did i found good reviews, but no mention of the specific application to lubricate airstream widow seals so they do not stick.

Has anyone else had experience with this product, specifically to cure the window sticking issue, and with what results? Has anyone used other proven tactics successfully?

Thanks.
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Old 09-27-2019, 10:47 PM   #7
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303 fabric guard is for awning fabric. Aerospace 303 is for seals and to protect plastics and rubber from UV. They are not the same product and are not interchangeable. Both work great.
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Old 09-27-2019, 10:48 PM   #8
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I believe wd40 contains petroleum distillates. I'd never use on rubber.
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I had to adjust the clamps my windows. All of them compressed the seals so much it was tough to close them. I have always used 303 and I have window poppers to put in.
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Old 09-27-2019, 11:03 PM   #10
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I don't think 303 protectant is good for sticking. I have used a lot of it since 2013, and it does help for a few days. But I soon have a line of residue on the glass, and the windows have to be opened from the outside every day.

On recommendation from the forum, I have also tried Gummi Pfledge, with similar results.
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Oatey is what I meant. Spell check got my. Anyway..... it works great.
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Old 09-27-2019, 11:48 PM   #12
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I use 303 protectant but the seals still stick after a while. I've just gotten used to going outside and pulling it up carefully with a butter knife and easily comes open.
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Old 09-27-2019, 11:51 PM   #13
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My research led me to PFPE oil. Also called Krytox. I learned about it from others who use it to keep sunroofs from sticking to their seals - a lot like our problem. It is expensive but a small amount goes a long way. Look for it on ebay. I bet I use 4-10 drops of it on a qtip and it lubricates one entire seal. I lubricate the seals at the beginning of the camping year and don't generally need to reapply.
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Old 09-28-2019, 12:24 AM   #14
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I applied the Honda grease about two months ago. It helps, but is not perfect. But at least I can open from inside. If they have been shut for a while there is a little bit of stick, but it will release without outside help.
I plan on putting on a second application soon.


I used a razor blade on the inside of the glass to remove residue. Wiped the rubber down with a mild soap/water, let dry, then applied the grease.
This is on a 2016 FC
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I used a paper towel that was sprayed with silicone and wiped the seals occasionally. I did notice over time that the seals when the windows were opened, the seals would collect dust on them and after a while the dust on those seals prevented the seals from sticking to the glass. After 15 years of use the windows no longer stick to those seals and pop open with a minimum of force.

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Hi, I have been using silicone spray on window and door seals since the late 60's and never had a problem. Spray it on and leave it.
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Oatey is what I meant. Spell check got my. Anyway..... it works great.
I think I will try this. Thanks.
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Odd about 303 comments. I only get re-sticking after a year, or more after application. I wonder if seals become less sticky with age.
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Gave up on re-applying silicone and 303, they all seem to wear out in short time.
But these work great...
https://seeyoudowntheroad.com/produc...poppers-%C2%A9
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I use 303. I treated them prior to our summer trip to Colorado. A few days later, when we got there, I had to assist them since they were lightly stuck.
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