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Old 08-05-2012, 07:09 PM   #1
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Sticking windows

My windows all stick to the gaskets in my 03 Classic like they've been glued. I've cleaned the windows and gaskets and coated the gaskets with 303. Any solutions?
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Old 08-05-2012, 07:11 PM   #2
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Try silicone spray. Ours used to stick, but after several years of spraying them twice a year, they don't stick much or at all anymore. Use a putty knife to gently pry them open.

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Old 08-05-2012, 07:14 PM   #3
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My windows all stick to the gaskets in my 03 Classic like they've been glued. I've cleaned the windows and gaskets and coated the gaskets with 303. Any solutions?
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Use silicone spray, "ONLY".

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Old 08-19-2012, 11:45 AM   #4
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Any particular silicone spry brands recommended?
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:18 PM   #5
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A cheap one. I've used many, and have never found a difference. They ALL have the same active ingredient: silicone.
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:42 PM   #6
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Try silicone spray. Ours used to stick, but after several years of spraying them twice a year, they don't stick much or at all anymore. Use a putty knife to gently pry them open.

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Ouch with the putty knife!

I use a simple wedge of hardwood tapered down to about 1/8". Carry it in my toolbox.

Wouldn't leave home without it. ;-)

WRT silicone spray. Maybe some folks have luck with it, but my windows just stick their tongue out at me when I've tried it. AND I've tried it multiple times. :>)
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:47 PM   #7
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GM makes a brush on product that is nice if you are handy to a GM store. Same thing, just comes with a brush right in the bottle. As noted... it's just 'silicone'.
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Murray, persevere. It takes around 3 years for the windows not to stick, or at least, not stick so much. They make plastic putty knives, but a metal one works if used delicately. I just work it between the glass and the rubber in a few places and it will separate them enough to open them.

I use whatever spray I can find in a store. The can lasts several years.

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Old 08-19-2012, 01:46 PM   #9
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I use pure silicone, in liquid form. Got it through my wood finishing supplier ( I'm a furniture maker by trade). It is sold by the quart as a flow out and "fish eye killer " for lacquer. Give it a look. I dip a rag in it and rub it on all the gaskets each spring as part of my regular Spring prep. Great stuff.

If you can't locate a quart try the Auto parts stores or a paint/body shop. They may have it in a smaller quantity. A quart is way more than you'll need unless you can share it with a friend.
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Vegetable oil also works, and was recommended to me by Airstream.
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Actually not all silicones are created equal. Some are greasy and smelly. We use silicone daily to keep things moving smoothly. The best one I've ever used is made by Sprayway. Spraywayinc.com. It is a food grade so you could spray your frying pan with it. No smell, no oily film, no residue, just extremely slick. About 8 bucks for 11 oz can. Spray it on anything . It is great on that pesky fresh water drain, sink faucets that don't pivot well anymore, drawer slides, anywhere you need things to move freely but don't want the oily residue that WD40 and such leaves.

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Avoid Liquid Wrench silicone spray, it has a strong oily smell.
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