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Old 11-12-2012, 03:08 PM   #1
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The best way I've found to unstick windows.

A butter knife! Go into the trailer, look in the silverware drawer, and pull out a butter knife. Go outside and go to each window one by one and gently put the blunt end of the knife in between the window and the rubber and pry gently against the window frame. There ya go. Maybe when the new wears off the windows won't stick anymore.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:53 PM   #2
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I wouldn't recommend using the butter knife if it's metal. Could regret it down the road.

Anything but.

Me? I use a small hardwood wedge
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:12 PM   #3
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Put some tire talc on the rubber weatherstripping. It's the only thing that works, and it works great.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:35 AM   #4
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Tire talc? where do I purchase this? That sounds like the best idea. Make it so that the windows don't stick in the first place. Hmmm... Why didn't they do that at the factory? Just sayin'.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:49 AM   #5
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Tire talc? where do I purchase this? That sounds like the best idea. Make it so that the windows don't stick in the first place. Hmmm... Why didn't they do that at the factory? Just sayin'.
The sticky window gasket has been an issue for many years.

The fix?

Easier than pie.

Coat the gaskets initially with a good dose of silicone spray.

Leave it on for a couple of days. then open the windows and wipe he excess off.

Recoat the gaskets maybe once a year or so, depending on the summer heat levels, and the windows will never stick again.

As an added benefit, the gaskets will last much longer since the silicone keeps the junk air we all breathe off the gaskets.

You can also spray the door and trunk gaskets on cars and trucks, if you plan on keeping them for a long time.

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Old 11-13-2012, 08:34 AM   #6
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I use this....great add for the AS tool box.


And this if needed...plastic.


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Old 11-13-2012, 09:26 AM   #7
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Talc is talc. Only difference between tire talc and talc based baby powder is the packaging and the scent.

Don't use it on babies any more. They say it gets in their lungs. Tires and windows perfectly OK.
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Talc is talc. Only difference between tire talc and talc based baby powder is the packaging and the scent.

Don't use it on babies any more. They say it gets in their lungs. Tires and windows perfectly OK.
Talc doesn't penetrate the pores of the rubber gasket, as silicone spray does.

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Old 11-13-2012, 10:42 AM   #9
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Silicone spray works fine and after about 2 years our windows stopped sticking. I spray them once or twice a year because it keeps the gaskets pliable. I use it on the door gasket and other gaskets too. A metal putty knife works if you use it gently. A hammer would work too, but they are sure hard to use gently, so don't.

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tempered glass

well, you can probably beat on 'em, and they will resist breaking; but; put a point to them, or a small edge on the edge of the glass and the solid pane can become a zillion small pieces. the silicon spray works.
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:13 PM   #11
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i use a nice heavy plastic utensil. if you use one in each lower corner they open very easily.
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A butter knife! Go into the trailer, look in the silverware drawer, and pull out a butter knife. Go outside and go to each window one by one and gently put the blunt end of the knife in between the window and the rubber and pry gently against the window frame. There ya go. Maybe when the new wears off the windows won't stick anymore.
I recommend a teflon spatula and twice a year applying 303 or silicone spray. If you clean the windows when you receive trailer from factory and remove alum. particles,then apply protectorate,they stay in good condition. Also,some spray on Fantastic fan gaskets works wonders. The new seal material on fan is wonderful. They should give Airstreams a heads up.
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One has to be careful about petroleum distillates in whatever they use (none = better). I always thought LPS-1 silicon spray had a lower amount than, say, LPS-3. I found my windows needed retreating every year using LPS-1. Following lewster's advice, I've had longer lasting results using DuPont Teflon Dry Lube. I spray it on a paper towel (refreshing frequently) and then rub that on the gasket and window frame where the flange seals. Results improved the second year I followed this regimen; even better the third! Haven't treated in a couple years now.

I also use this on the gasket for the Fantastic Fan that otherwise sticks. But you have to be really careful for the end cap segments, have some extra height or rig a ladder just-so if you want to reach this gasket from the outside. I haven't found a good way to access it from the inside.

[on edit: Be careful about overspray. I offer no assurances if you get any spray product on your exterior's plasticoat.]
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:40 AM   #14
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I came across a red plastic putty knife yesterday. Seems like it will be a good tool. Other things come to mind like plastic spatulas and cake icing spreaders. Thanks for all the good tips. I was kinda hoping that the windows would eventually with age stop sticking. Flip side of that coin is the reason why the trailer feels so warm and cozy is because there are no drafts or leaks.
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