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Old 04-07-2011, 07:29 PM   #1
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Question Replace opaque door Window with clear?

I asked Airstream, and they only have opaque glass for my new 20' Flying Cloud's door. (I wonder why.) I would like to replace it with a clear piece. The glass is slightly curved in two directions. I suppose it's tempered glass, and it's etched.
I wonder if I could buy another one and try to polish out the etching to make it clear.
Nah! It couldn't be that easy.
Could it?
Anyone have any experience with this issue, or any thoughts?

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Old 04-08-2011, 06:57 AM   #2
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If the glass is tempered I don't think you can do anything to it. It will shatter if you try to rework it

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Old 04-08-2011, 08:00 AM   #3
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I think you wil find they are all tempered. After a break in with my old SOB (1993 - not tempered), I could find NO glass shop which would sell anything but temperd for ANY door application. They cited codes.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:33 PM   #4
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I figured it out. I was scared I'd ruin my door so I got a new window shipped to me. Take two little screws out of the frame and pull it apart until you can work the glass out. I didn't ruin the frame or break the glass. I got a replacement clear smoked piece and put it in. The glass is bedded into a rubber grommet that fits tightly into the frame. Just stick it on the new piece. It's a bit of a wrestling match, getting it into the frame, but it's fine. If you are a riveter, you can take the window out of the door, change the glass, and put it back, but I'm taking the newly-clear window to my dealer to swap. I never did a rivet in my life.
(I may start practicing, since I am the proud owner of so many darn rivets.)
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:32 PM   #5
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I am going to nit pic on language, as an educational and architectural wonk only, so I am not picking on anyone. This is a really common error.

Opaque means no light or vision gets through. The Airstream door glass is not opaque.
Obscure means light gets through, but not vision. This is what AS uses in the door glass.
Transparent means both light and vision gets through. Mostly we use this type of glass.

And of course you can have tinted transparent, which cuts down on light but does not obscure vision. So, what you want to know is why AS does not have tinted transparent door glass. All the rest of the door is metal, and metal is opaque. BTW, they do actually make Black Glass, that is opaque (no light and no vision) but has the exterior look of glass, that is a hard "glass like" look, and wears like glass. Mostly it is used in high rise buildings with all glass exteriors but where no light or vision are wanted.

Clear as mud now? Sorry I had to vent one of my little petty nit picks....LOL. Please forgive me, I feel better now.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:49 AM   #6
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I stand corrected. Thanks. The Airstream windows are obscure. I hope my post wasn't too much so. My new piece is tinted, but not obscure.

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