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Old 10-02-2005, 01:29 PM   #15
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Cleaning off the old window or door gasket is very easy.

First, pull off or scrape off what you can.

Second, put a wire wheel in an electric drill and burnish the rest off.

Fringe benefit of the wire wheel is that it will somewhat roughen the window sash, which will allow the adhesive to bite even better. Same is true about the door.

No need to get involved with any chemicals.

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Old 10-02-2005, 05:23 PM   #16
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Taking the windows off and replacing the gastket was the easy part.

Putting the windows back on, now that is where the trouble begins!
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Old 10-02-2005, 05:38 PM   #17
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I must be standin under a lucky star! Went soooo smooth! Slipped back into place like they had eyes!
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Old 10-02-2005, 05:44 PM   #18
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Lucky :-)

I was popping rivets left and right on the part of the hinge that mounts on the window. On my model they are partly bowed toward the center and do not go back smoothly.

The trick is to get the ends in while holding the window in the extreme open position like when you removed them. Then lower it slightly, like an inch or so, and hit the center of the hinge with the palm of your hand or a rubber malot. Have to use extreme care....

Eventually I got them all back on without popping any more rivets...

Nice to have all new gaskets. Be sure to hit them with silicone spray once or twice a year.
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Old 10-02-2005, 06:10 PM   #19
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Thanks for the tip! This model there is only 2 screws to remove, all but one came out easy. The last I needed to use an impact screw driver to break it free. The hinge slipped back into place with no worry, even easier when I got a small step ladder so I could reach em
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Old 10-07-2005, 09:37 AM   #20
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Update

Posted a new page, if anyone is intersted in the disassembly / assembly

http://www.balrgn.com/Airstream/Windows/index.htm
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Old 10-08-2005, 06:24 AM   #21
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Finally had a chance to replace a couple window gaskets. Stripped off the old rubber, scraped as much as I could with a SS Scraper.
Used Por Srtip loosen up resdual adhesive and rubber. Worked great, very little to wire brush!
15 minutes for each of the smaller windows.
I followed your link above and it doesn't go to the right location. Is the product you are referring to :

POR-STRIP® - Remover / Stripper
POR-STRIP ® Paint Remover/Stripper is a clear spray-on remover with the consistency of water. In sample testing, our POR-STRIP ® was the choice of professional auto strippers. A special chemical-resistant spray bottle allows you to use less and finish faster than brushing. Remove any coating from any surface without damaging window glass, chrome, or weatherstrip. POR-STRIP ® is non acidic and will not harm aluminum or factory fiberglass.
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I'm with Tim. Four windows went on like a charm. The back window was quite difficult to get off -- had to do the full wide open trick and it still didn't come easily. It nearly became stuck in that position and the hinge probably would have become deformed if I'd let go of it.

Getting it back on was ferocious! Susie & I put two good failing efforts into the job until it finally worked the third time -- and only from applying subtleties of what almost worked before. Yup, the middle was the bug-a-bear (Woo-hoo! No b** asterisks!)
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Old 10-10-2005, 11:14 AM   #23
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I followed your link above and it doesn't go to the right location. Is the product you are referring to :

POR-STRIP® - Remover / Stripper
POR-STRIP ® Paint Remover/Stripper is a clear spray-on remover with the consistency of water. In sample testing, our POR-STRIP ® was the choice of professional auto strippers. A special chemical-resistant spray bottle allows you to use less and finish faster than brushing. Remove any coating from any surface without damaging window glass, chrome, or weatherstrip. POR-STRIP ® is non acidic and will not harm aluminum or factory fiberglass.
Yes, that's the stuff!
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Window and door gaskets

I spent the weekend stripping the vinyl off of my door and noticed that the door gasket is worn and missing in places on the bottom of the door. I am far from waterproof at this point. Is the process the same for replacing the gasket on the door and can this also be obtained from Oasis RV. I am curious about the posting from SafeHarbour - should I not be using a wire brush on my aluminum parts or is it just a steel wire brush that I should avoid? I plan to tackle the gaskets weekend after next.

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Old 10-10-2005, 06:17 PM   #25
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Jennifer.

The easist way to remove all the old gasket, is to pull off what you can.

Then put a wire wheel in an electric drill and burnish off the remaining part of the gasket. That will take about two minutes per window and 3 to 4 minutes for the entance door.

That leaves a nice clean finish for the adhesive to bond to, even better than the original metal, in that the metal will now not be smooth, giving the adhesive even greater holding power.

And the best thing, is you have not subjected yourself to any chemicals, let alone harsh types.

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Wire wheel?

Would you use a steel wire wheel? I have heard others say to use brass.
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Would you use a steel wire wheel? I have heard others say to use brass.
Trouble is with brass on a drill the wire tends to fly out. So I like to use Stainless steel (ahd safety glasses)
I tried the "wire wheel" method, the adhesive all but laughed at me, only heated it up and spread it around making it worse. Think outside the box........
After the second aplication of Por Strip, I use a hand held Stainless Steel tooth brush. 99 - 100% clean
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I spent the weekend stripping the vinyl off of my door and noticed that the door gasket is worn and missing in places on the bottom of the door. I am far from waterproof at this point. Is the process the same for replacing the gasket on the door and can this also be obtained from Oasis RV. I am curious about the posting from SafeHarbour - should I not be using a wire brush on my aluminum parts or is it just a steel wire brush that I should avoid? I plan to tackle the gaskets weekend after next.

Thanks!
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Do not remember if I got my door gasket form Oasis, worth a try, I have not yet replaced that one. I will use the same technique. Avoid using carbon steel brushed on aluminum at all Brass does not hold up well. I like Stainless for most anything I do. You should use something like 3m Super weather adhesive to help the bonding.
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