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Old 12-25-2010, 07:34 AM   #1
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windows blacked out

two of the windows on my airstream are blacked out (i guess for privacy)
can i get the black off
can i replace them if i can't do that??

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Old 12-25-2010, 07:39 AM   #2
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First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

What are these windows blacked out with? Are they painted, or do they have some kind of film on them?

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Old 12-25-2010, 07:48 AM   #3
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windows blacked out

it seems to be fused into plexiglass?
thanks for the welcome,
i want to change this because the main window by the front door faces the lake view
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Old 12-25-2010, 08:07 AM   #4
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Can you turn the trailer around?
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Old 12-25-2010, 08:09 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forums!

I see you have a 1958 trailer. I am assuming you have the same style Hehr windows that we had in our 1960 Pacer.

The original glass in these windows was ordinary window glass, not safety glass or Plexiglas. The windows are fairly easy to get out and once they are out it is easy to replace the glass. Not wanting to use window glass I used Plexiglas where replacement was needed.

I would guess a previous owner put the opaque Plexiglas in for whatever reason.

If you scroll down the main page you will see a huge number of subtopics on various repairs. The Windows subforum is here.

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Old 12-25-2010, 07:01 PM   #6
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Lets assume that its a normal window tint film...
Take a black trash bag and tape it to the inside of the window... on 3 sides... leave the top open.... then spray the window with water with a drop or 2 of dish soap. Seal it up, and leave it for a day or 2.
best if its warm.
The film should peel off easy..
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Old 12-25-2010, 11:50 PM   #7
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Hi, if the trailer does have plexiglas, I would have a glass shop either cut a replacement out of safety plate laminated glass or if that is too thick, have them make you new windows out of tempered glass. It will cost more, but be much better in the long run.

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Old 12-26-2010, 03:46 AM   #8
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If it was good enough for the original, it is good enough for me. I replaced the plexiglas in some of my windows with double strength window glass and it worked for 23 years until we encountered a 100 mph hail store last year that broke two of them. One was the original Airstream window. I replaced them the next day for $28 at the local glass shop. Not so easy to replace the panels that got dented.
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Old 12-26-2010, 05:57 AM   #9
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If a window film has been applied, wet the film with some Windex with Ammonia or must make a wake ammonia solution and put it is a spray bottle. My son had window tint on his 4Runner and a few years ago Mississippi made the darker shades illegal. We asked the shop that had installed the film the best way to remove it and got the tip from them. If you take your time, peel it back a little and spray the glass and film junction and let it soak, you can get the whole piece off at one time. Again, this is just a tip in case it is a tint film applied on the inside.

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