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Old 10-27-2017, 07:38 PM   #1
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Gas for new double pane build???

Alright Airstream Wizards, here is a question I cannot find answer on forums.
I am about to put all my double pane windows back together after following several threads and blogs. No one mentions the need for Argon gas, until my buddy did today as he stood over my perfectly polished frames and windows.
As you can imagine, panic set in my heart. Am I really going to have to learn a whole other thing. Am I crazy to just reassemble without the gas.

Signing off as... "terrified to wake up with foggy windows next month"

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Old 10-27-2017, 08:09 PM   #2
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Gas for new double pane build???

Double pane window usually have desiccant in the metal frame to absorb the trapped moisture. You have to take the frames apart and put new in. The glass is siliconed to the frames.

Inert gas filled frames came later and would require some expertise.

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Old 10-27-2017, 09:17 PM   #3
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If you rebuilt your double paned vintage Airstream windows with Argon trapped between the panes, you would probably be, if not the first, then one of very few who have this.

If you are that worried about the prospects of finding fog between the panes, then do what so many other refurbishers have done, and just rebuild them as single paned windows.

Good luck--stay away from the slippery slope!
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Old 04-03-2018, 12:14 PM   #4
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No gas was used at the factory. Just desiccant to capture residual moisture. If they have moisture its because they have a leak and no amount of desiccant can help that.
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Old 07-12-2018, 05:14 PM   #5
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Glad this question was asked. I am in the process of taken them out, and was going to pull them apart, clean them, put them back together, etc...

A couple of questions.
1. What is desiccant?
2. Do I need to buy it somewhere, and apply?
3. If so, how is it applied? Spray, gel?

Another question about taking apart the double pane windows.
4. How do you clean them?
5. If I clean off the film, what do I replace it with?
6. Soap and water?

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Old 07-12-2018, 05:31 PM   #6
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In double pane window assemblies, there is an aluminum frame sealed into the glass sandwich with black urethane sealant to keep moisture out. Argon is the gas of choice. The desiccant is silica gel beads inside the aluminum frame parts. The frame has a bunch of smallish herringbone-shaped slits in it inside the sealed unit so the desiccant can do its job.

That said, I have NO idea where you might get this material to build a unit. It's usually done where windows are built, and takes special machinery. Most Airstream folks just get rid of the inner pane, and go to single glass in the original window frames.

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