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Old 08-19-2012, 10:06 PM   #1
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Leaky vista view

I have a vista view window that is leaking and it seems a little loose. I have run a new bead of Parbond around it but the lower edge of the window has a slightly wider gap than the top. If I push on it a bit, the whole window gives just a touch. Can this be fixed without removing the whole frame or can I maybe scrape the window sealant free and the resell it from the outside? I have read a bit about removing the inner panel to be able to see though the glass again, but if you can break the seal free, can you remove the glass without breaking it or pulling out the whole frame? Today I had a bit of a waterfall inside with the rainwear had (clearly I scraped away too much old sealant and didn't put enough new in), and really want to fix this leak. It is the only one the I have found/detected to be causing an issue noticeable.
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:32 AM   #2
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It sounds like someone has already removed the inner pane and that maybe why the window is loose. I would inspect from the inside and see if the inner pane is still there. If not you need to shim the outter pane and then caulk on the outside after removing the caulk that is there and get the glass and metal frame clean. I would use a polyurathane caulk to put back around the class.

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The inner pane is there but I can see the spacer gasket between the two panes. Do I need to cut the inner one out? That seems to be a common "fix" that people are doing. I guess from there I would be able to free the outer one and get it cleaned, scraped, and re-sealed.
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:20 AM   #4
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Most folks bust the inner pane but then you have to make some sort of gasket to hold the outer pane in there. I would use thick EDPM foam rubber like they use on car door gaskets. You can get the stuff at mcmaster.com. This stuff will compress and hold the window towards the frame.

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The inner pane is there but I can see the spacer gasket between the two panes. Do I need to cut the inner one out? That seems to be a common "fix" that people are doing. I guess from there I would be able to free the outer one and get it cleaned, scraped, and re-sealed.
You should have the same VV windows that I have. The ring around the inner widow can be removed which will give you access to the inside of the outer window.
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:26 AM   #6
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Took mine to Airstream at JC. They cleaned off the old whatever was there and put a very neat rim of caulking on the glass around the rim of the Al on the outside. Fixed the leak. Apparantly there is a seal between the window and the Al that fails. They might have done something else too, but that is all I could see that they did.
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:49 AM   #7
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You should have the same VV windows that I have. The ring around the inner widow can be removed which will give you access to the inside of the outer window.
Maybe... I have a 1975 and had the double glass panes where the inner had to be broken out.

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Old 08-22-2012, 06:57 AM   #8
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Does anyone have a photo of the removal process of the inner pane? I think I would like to remove it so we can see out those windows better, but it would be great of I can also put it back after I clean them out.
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Removing the Inner Pane of Vista View Windows
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Does anyone have a photo of the removal process of the inner pane? I think I would like to remove it so we can see out those windows better, but it would be great of I can also put it back after I clean them out.
First you need to determine if you have the plexi or the tempered glass. There are two totally different processes involved. The one that reinergirl linked to is for the plexiglass only.

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They are plexiglas. I didn't realize it until I started reading about them being plexiglas.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:18 PM   #12
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So cutting it out is the only logical option? There is no just removing it?
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:43 AM   #13
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You can drill out all the rivets and separate the frame but removing the inner pane is going to be less of a pain. If you leave the border you won't have to figure out how to hold the outer pane in there.

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If it's a plexiglas inner, just remove the aluminum lip on the inside of the window. Everything will come in then. I just did this today... First, go online and order some shimmed butyl sealant. It's what you'll need to keep the plexiglas pressing on the glass. Also, use Vulkem to seal the outside glass back to the frame. Use the search feature on this site. Zeppelinium and Andy and a few others have posted up some incredibly detailed instructions on how to do this. SEARCH... It's all been answered before...
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