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Old 01-18-2004, 02:22 PM   #1
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Window screen replacement

Every book on repairs makes screen replacement seem simple - and it would be if the dang frame came out and could be laid out flat on a table. My Bubble however has the frame attached to a large aluminum trailer. Oh, not "large" large but the frame is extremely tough to get to with any normal window screening tools. I've make a little tool out of small diameter steel rod but it's not working too well - I can't get any leverage on it. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-18-2004, 06:59 PM   #2
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Screen work

Most home improvement stores sell a tool for replacing the screens. It looks kinda like a pizza cutter with a wheel on each end. One is which has a convex wheel is for starting the spline and the other is for final insertion of the spline. When replacing the screen, start with a few inches more screen than is required on all sides, and final trim after the spline is inserted. Use a sharp knife like an Xacto with a new blade to do the trimming.
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Old 01-18-2004, 07:12 PM   #3
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As I read the original post, Jo An has the tool, she just cannot use it with the screen installed in the window frame. I think her question is more along the lines of how to remove the screen frame so she can work on it.

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Old 01-19-2004, 11:00 AM   #4
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Look at www.vintageairstreams.com - RJ has a series of photos showing how he rebuilt his windows.

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Old 01-19-2004, 11:01 AM   #5
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You have an extra "s" in there www.vintageairstream.com Should do the trick

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Old 01-19-2004, 11:10 AM   #6
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Is there special screen for airstreams????

Stealing this thread for my questions....I need to replace the screens,a nd I don't see anything that looks like the airstream screen color at home depot, any suggestions??? where can I get new????

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I used the solar screen they sell at Home Depot. I bought the charcoal color thinking it would give the windows a tinted look, which it did. It also blocks a lot of heat, the downside is that the weave is so tight that natural breezes don't blow through as easy a screen with the bigger weave.

I also lightly sanded the frames and painted them with Aluminum spray paint before I put the screen in and they looked new again.

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Old 04-12-2004, 12:33 PM   #9
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Green Window screen ???

My 74 has a green fabric (nylon or fiberglass I guess) screen. I have not seen this in my many trips to Hdw or Bldg Supply houses. Anyone know what color and style was original in the 70's?
Not that I am trying to stay authentic, I couldn't care less about the color as long as they all match in front room and galley. The green however looks nice
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Interesting screen color! I just replaced my screens on the 73. I went with charcoal fiberglass. The stuff I replaced I believe was original and was a grey color, also fiberglass. My 56 has aluminum screen. The 77 has grey fiberglass.

I'd just go with what you like.

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I just replaced 3 screens with grey fiberglass I bought from Lowe's Home Improvement. They matched what was in the door and windows perfectly.
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My 74 has a green fabric (nylon or fiberglass I guess) screen. I have not seen this in my many trips to Hdw or Bldg Supply houses. Anyone know what color and style was original in the 70's?
Not that I am trying to stay authentic, I couldn't care less about the color as long as they all match in front room and galley. The green however looks nice
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If color is important to you and money no object, consider copper screen. You could then treat the copper with a solution to make a green patina on it. On the other hand, isn't there some mysterious reaction between aluminium and copper that is corrosive?.......
Oh well, it's the thought that counts.

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You may have to do a bit of hunting, but there is a grey fiberglass screen that is still made. I like the fact that the screen allows in some of the light. I redid a coach with the dark stuff and did not like it as well.
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On my 74 I unscrewed the screen frame, removed the old screen, reinstalled the new fiberglass screen and spray painted the entire frame and screen an off white. I took my time and did not get a lot of build-up on the screen itself. I had to paint the screen from both sides but it look like what I took out. I don't see why green paint would work any differently.
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