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Old 11-13-2007, 09:17 PM   #1
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Taking apart '75 double pane windows?

I have a pair of double pane wing windows from a 75 that have the usual 30 year old scuzzies in between the panes. I know about the break the inside window very very carefully technique. Since the windows are off the trailer I would like to know if they can be dissassembled, cleaned and reassembled instead of the controlled destruction method.
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Old 11-13-2007, 10:24 PM   #2
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Marshall,

I'm waiting for the right butyl before I finish this thread. I should be able to document the whole process. The only open question is whether I'll put more solar film on the outer glass.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f454...ilm-37422.html

I understand that the VAC broadcast #21 also covers this topic, but I can't get it to open for me.

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Old 11-13-2007, 10:39 PM   #3
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I just cleaned off the white sticky goop off one of the windows which sealed it into the coach body. There is no obvious seam except at the 2 corners which have a 45 miter joint. Can this straight edge come off and the glass slid out. Looks purdy chancy.The only other possibility I can see is cutting away the inside rubber trim, which I doubt would accomplish anything.

Maybe popping the inside glass is the safest way after all? In the fire department we have a auto glass popper. It's a spring loaded gizmo about the size of a small screwdriver that is triggered when you press against the glass. Do you think this would work?
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Old 11-14-2007, 07:07 AM   #4
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Getting ready to dissassemble the wing window

OK. Cleaned off the old goop over the frame corner joints and found 2 screws in each corner which attach the straight vertical frame section to the rest of the frame. So I hope I can take out the screws remove the straight frame section and slide out the glass sandwich. Is the rubber gasket likely to be reusable? Can you get replacement gasket material? What about the butyl Z mentions in his post above?
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I found a source for samples of the butyl. There is also some good news on the minimum buy quantity, it's been reduced from 32 rolls to 20, almost affordable. But it's going to be at least 10 days before all this is resolved.

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