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Old 03-25-2006, 06:57 PM   #1
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Question Keep the plexi inner window or not?

Hey all...

Today, I took apart the kitchen window of my 1973 Excella 500. It's been sitting in Wildowwod, NJ for a few years unused, so I thought I'd get a start on cleaning 'er up.

Well, I removed the plexiglass inner window from the window frame, leaving the glass outer window and some horrible, nasty, dirty looking "stuff" I think may have been the dessicant. So, with my trusy razor blade, I scraped that stuff off of the plexi window and gave the whole thing a good scrubbing with kitchen detergent and a sponge.

That leaves the actual glass window. I noticed that there is some sort of film attached to the inner side of the window. Despite having the razor, that stuff would not let go. So, I just gave the window a good scrubbing, got rid of as much black stuff as I could, and re-hung the whole thing, sans plexiglass inner window.

As a result, the kitchen window looks a lot bigger than any of the other windows since it's missing the plexi inner window (which has a 1.5 inch-wide frame). There is a lot more light transmission and the window just looks a bunch "lighter" than the others.

My questions is thus: what do I do with the plexi window?

Have people had good luck not re-installing the plexi window?

Should I just give them both a very thorough cleaning and reinstall both as they were?

What are the ramifications of either course of action?

How do I get that film off the glass window?

Thanks in advance for your help!


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Old 03-25-2006, 09:14 PM   #2
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Have you tried the search option? You might try it. There are a lot of threads.

I think it was a protective film that has broken down. The second layer of (plexi)glass is usually for thermal insulation. You decide what is most important to you. Custom or original whatever makes you happy.

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