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Old 05-22-2007, 06:47 AM   #1
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Inland, I have a new Airstream and while backing scratched a rear window. Is there any way to have the scratch buffed out. Its not so objectionable that I would replace it. Of course this was my wife's fault, I was only following instructions.
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Old 05-22-2007, 07:41 AM   #2
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Of course this was my wife's fault, I was only following instructions.
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I know how that one goes, but we won't go there!
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Old 05-22-2007, 12:14 PM   #3
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Inland, I have a new Airstream and while backing scratched a rear window. Is there any way to have the scratch buffed out. Its not so objectionable that I would replace it. Of course this was my wife's fault, I was only following instructions.
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Airstream uses "tempered" glass in their windows.

That glass is tempered on the surface. Once the surface is scratched or even penetrated by sand particles, the glass can, and will, in time shatter. Give it enough temperature swings especially in the summer months, and suddenly the glass will shatter.

DO NOT attempt to buff the scratch. To do so, will more than likely accelerate it's demise. The buffing causes heat which is what you don't want to do.

I would suggest that you have the glass replaced as soon as you can, since you have a 99 percent chance of failure.

Replacing it now, before it shatters, will more than likely save you a headache down the road.

If that glass shatters on a trip, then what? Toss in the possibility of rain, now what? Now you have a problem that cannot be resolved on the spot, that could result in considerable damage.

Your insurance company will understand.

Since the scratch happened as the trailer was moving, then you have a collision loss.

Be practical, replace it now.

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Old 05-26-2007, 10:56 AM   #4
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The curved window appears to be some form of plexiglass vs. regular glass. Is that possible?
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Old 05-26-2007, 11:24 AM   #5
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There are several products available from aircraft suppliers for this purpose (a lot of plstic airplane windows out there). I've had success in buffing glass with cerium oxide. You can use it with water to keep things cool.
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You and I have the same model Airstream. I can assure you that they are tempered glass. There are definite ripples that you would observe, especially toward the edges. They are definitely not plastic. The Argosy trailer line prototyped the wide panoramic windows back in the '70s before the company dared put them on Airstreams. I've got a '74 24' Argosy too and those windows are perfectly clear (no tint like current day) and don't seem to have the edge ripples I see on my '06 FB Safari -- both are great anyway!
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Old 05-26-2007, 08:10 PM   #7
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I checked today and it is glass. The scratch appears to be about 6" long but not very deep. I am hoping I can buff it out and that it is not structural.
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I checked today and it is glass. The scratch appears to be about 6" long but not very deep. I am hoping I can buff it out and that it is not structural.
Hi, tempered glass can be buffed out, but that is usually done by a professional glass man. Just a little too much heat in the buffing process and the glass explodes. Tempered glass is designed to break into a million little pieces so you won't get badly hurt when it breaks; But when it does break, guaranteed, you will never get all of the little pieces removed. If you want to partially prevent this problem, install window tint on the inside of the glass; This has proven to hold and prevent most of the broken glass from scattering. Basically you have two choices: Live with the scratched window and take your chances, or just do the right thing and have it replaced.

Oh, and another bit of advice. Never blame your wife; You will live longer and healthier if you just admit "I was driveing when the trailer hit something that I didn't see and I will get it repaired."
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Question real glass???

We have the '07 25'FB, both my front pano windows (curved sections only) appear slightly fogged and they feel like plexiglass. I use a "super cloth" and water, no chemicals yet. Any advice??
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I thought the same thing, hubby says its glass though and used a razor to remove lots of uck left in dried smears on it that goof off did not phase. Do scratches compromise the strength of the window? Service recently put three good scratches in the interior glass while checking and sealing for leaks and removing things. Is that a problem besides aesthetically?
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I thought the same thing, hubby says its glass though and used a razor to remove lots of uck left in dried smears on it that goof off did not phase. Do scratches compromise the strength of the window? Service recently put three good scratches in the interior glass while checking and sealing for leaks and removing things. Is that a problem besides aesthetically?
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I think I would have them fix whatever they ruined. As for my window I think I will leave the scratch as I have a history of making things worse. If it breaks i will do something at that time.
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I dunno ... could a windshield restoration place flow some acrylic in the scratch to make it less obvious? Does that stuff last? Might look good right away -- but after a couple years?
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You might want to carry some appropriate tape and a sheet of plastic the right size to go over the window just in case it breaks on a trip. That's what I would do, anyway!

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I thought the same thing, hubby says its glass though and used a razor to remove lots of uck left in dried smears on it that goof off did not phase. Do scratches compromise the strength of the window? Service recently put three good scratches in the interior glass while checking and sealing for leaks and removing things. Is that a problem besides aesthetically?
Hi, yes it does. [compromise the strength of the window] Did you ever cut tiles or window glass? The first thing you do is to score [or scratch] the tiles or glass and hopefully they will break on the line you made when you bend them. Make them replace them; Or down the road you will replace them at your cost.
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