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Old 03-08-2011, 02:56 AM   #1
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Heres some pics of what I had to start with and the after pics. I had to use a wire wheel on a drill it was fine wire from hardware store (steel). I had no other way to remove the 30yr old tar based silver roof coating. i cut into both the window seal and the seam side to clean out old seal and crud. I hope I can buff out the scratches. you have to be carefull as the wire wheel scratches easily. About two hours per window. I will remove the plexi insides and add 3m insulating window tint later. Blew out with air hose then heated with heat gun to get water out and wiped with denatured alcohol then used sikaflex. Hope it holds. Why in the world these installers put the welded seam facing up is beyond me, and the window heights are all different against the awning! Can you say attention to detail?
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:45 AM   #2
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Wow - that's a vast improvement!
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:14 AM   #3
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WOW. And I thought I had some crummy sealant jobs on my trailer!

Please let us know how your plexi removal & tinting go... on my list of "next to do".

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Old 03-08-2011, 08:23 AM   #4
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Nice work there.

If you want to make them slide really smoothly, have a look at wasagachris' thread on what he did to the pans for the VV windows.

I bet they will work like new after that upgrade is done.
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When I re-did my vistas. I took them apart from the inside. There is a ring that holds the plastic window in. Remove the ring with pointed plyers and screw driver. Take a blade and cut the vulcum from the window. Be careful and take your time. Once the seal was broken the window fell out. After I cleaned the old solar film off I put new tinted window film on. When I put the windows back in I cut up a rubber bungie cord in small pieces and wedged the window back in with rubber pieces and used vulcum as the sealer. I have never had a leak since. Going on about 4 years now.

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Old 03-09-2011, 12:21 AM   #6
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Thanks Minno. Funkill I am trying to seal the trailer up before I go inside it looks like I will need a floor and frame coating probably a complete restore. aage I like wasas work this guy is good! Lothlorian is there sealant between the plexi and the glass I dont think mine has sealant but a little foam tape so it should be a breeze. I will use foam tape again so the window can breathe. I only looked at the posts briefly to see how the window was constructed-gotta tear into it later after I seal the whole rig. Thanks everyone.
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Looks great! Mine are in similar shape but don't leak, so on the back burner while I work on the bathroom. I've got gobs of silicone to remove on my vv's.
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