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Old 11-29-2023, 03:50 PM   #1
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Windows sticking to seals

2021 international. Since purchasing used from original owner, the first time we tried opening windows, all of our windows are sticking to the sealing gaskets. So, to release we’ve used a soft plastic paint scraper to smoothly pry the gaskets away from the widows. Once opened , have applied Corning 111 lubricant ( high end non- reactive clear grease ) to all the gasket surfaces. After a week or so ..same problem.
I now just routinely open them at least twice a week and assume this may be a common problem?
Just seeing if anyone else had a thought of something else to use as a lubricant that may be more effective.
Yes it was very Hot in Louisiana.so opening windows in summer is a no no.Sun is brutal.
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Old 11-29-2023, 04:07 PM   #2
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We use a silicone spray on a rag & wipe the seals. I figure if they stick, they don't leak...so it's kinda a good thing!

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Old 11-29-2023, 05:12 PM   #3
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I've had the same issue and used 303 Protectorant, I think it's called. Check me on the name. It good for many uses, including all the seals around windows. doors, etc..
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Old 11-29-2023, 06:47 PM   #4
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silicone

I used 3 in one RV slide out silicone lube. Windows haven't stuck in a year. Still going.
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Old 11-29-2023, 06:49 PM   #5
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I think the 303 protectant is a great product. I recommend using it on all of your window gaskets.....but.....I installed some of these window poppers and they work, really well. I hope the link below comes in


Poppershttps://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/s...6&action=click
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Old 11-29-2023, 10:54 PM   #6
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303 is recommended. However, even after that they will stick. It seems like every year I use a credit card to slip in between seals and windows to open them. And it isn’t all the windows. Just a few. Probably those that don’t get opened as often.
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Old 11-29-2023, 11:16 PM   #7
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Please be specific as to which 303 product you are referring to and recommending. They have many for various uses and all identified as 303. All solid products in my opinion. But how you use them differs. I personally use three different ones.

So which 303 for what use? The wrong one in the wrong way would not be a happy time...not sure folks trying a window trim sealant would be happy with a tonneau cleaner.
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Old 11-30-2023, 08:23 AM   #8
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Please be specific as to which 303 product you are referring to and recommending. They have many for various uses and all identified as 303. All solid products in my opinion. But how you use them differs. I personally use three different ones.

So which 303 for what use? The wrong one in the wrong way would not be a happy time...not sure folks trying a window trim sealant would be happy with a tonneau cleaner.
Bob

Morning Bob. My Flying Cloud manual is specific:
Apply 303 Aerospace Protectant (Airstream part # 44845WR-01) to the window gasket. To apply, spray/pour 303 onto a soft rag or sponge and apply a generous coating directly to the gasket.
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Old 11-30-2023, 11:00 AM   #9
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+1 to the Aerospace 303 Protectant.

We had been struggling with the windows until I read about 303 on the forums and it was a night and day difference. I spray it on the seals once at the beginning of the season and then wipe it off with a rag. And then occasionally again if needed (usually not needed).

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...e?ie=UTF8&th=1

PS Also a good idea to open your windows frequently. One thing I love about the Airstream is how many windows it has, if you open them all there's always a good cross breeze.
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Old 11-30-2023, 11:33 AM   #10
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I’m still looking in my car’s users manual to find out what kind of lubricant I need to apply to keep my windows from sticking to the gaskets. Can some one help me?

I suspect one pays more for his Airstream than his car, but has to suffer inferior, sticking, window gaskets. Can’t say I ever suffered from a sticking automotive window gasket, starting with my 1965 GTO.

Owner alert! Things aren’t getting better. An acquaintance, having just purchased a 2023 Airstream 23 FBT, had to immediately take it in for warranty service. In trying to open a window for the first time, a piece of gasket adhered to the window and tore away from the remaining gasket.

We deserve better folks. We really do.
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Old 11-30-2023, 02:08 PM   #11
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Windows stick

I have mentioned several times that I released tension on the windows. To release tension, open the windows and back off the nuts to releave tension, then turn the other nut to tighten the lock paw. Before closing the window, place a dollar bill between the glass and the seal, lock the window. The dollar bill should pull out with a small resistance. Doing this will reduce the opening problem. Yes, this does work!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-30-2023, 02:10 PM   #12
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At Alumapalooza this year the service manager for trailers addressed the proper method for treating the window gaskets with 303 Aerospace Protectant. He mentioned one thing that I had not heard before. After the 303 has been applied let it DRY before closing the windows. He said this would decrease the glass sticking to the gaskets.

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Old 11-30-2023, 02:36 PM   #13
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Windows Sticking to Gaskets, Poppers

We've been using an older ATM card that I've had since the 80's. It's thick but flexible enough to slide in between the gasket and the window without cracking and works perfectly. Keep it in a box by the door for just those occasions.
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Old 11-30-2023, 02:49 PM   #14
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I've tried it all: 303 Protectant, Honda Silicone Grease, loosen tension on the seals, etc.

Everything works for a while, but I always end up back outside with a credit card . . .

I wish the window poppers were still available for sale.
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Old 11-30-2023, 03:58 PM   #15
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I've tried it all: 303 Protectant, Honda Silicone Grease, loosen tension on the seals, etc.

Everything works for a while, but I always end up back outside with a credit card . . .

I wish the window poppers were still available for sale.
I found this post for making home-made poppers.
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Old 11-30-2023, 11:02 PM   #16
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Morning Bob. My Flying Cloud manual is specific:
Apply 303 Aerospace Protectant (Airstream part # 44845WR-01) to the window gasket. To apply, spray/pour 303 onto a soft rag or sponge and apply a generous coating directly to the gasket.
Ahhhh, perfect. Exactly what I was asking for. Thank you. As I mentioned they have a ton of products, all good and I use many and will continue to do so. Knowing which specific for the window seals is great knowledge.
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Old 12-01-2023, 08:31 AM   #17
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link2 - thanks for the additional info regarding letting 303 dry before closing the windows again.
BTW - I use a boning tool to open the windows when they stick; and keep it in the silverware drawer. Here's link showing what it looks like.

https://www.amazon.com/Warmshine-Cre...zcF9hdGY&psc=1
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Old 12-01-2023, 08:49 AM   #18
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I use a boning tool to open the windows when they stick; and keep it in the silverware drawer.
Yep. I learned from LoLoHo. Its real purpose is to score paper for crafts. I don't have to pry everywhere, usually, a tiny spot near the bottom corner and the window lets go.
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Old 12-01-2023, 09:42 AM   #19
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I bought the Aerospace 303 Protectant in sheets. Easy to apply and for us has worked well. I carry a plastic automotive trim tool for the occasional sticking window.
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Credit card or plastic lever works fine...tried all the "lubricants". I find this is not annoying enough to install the popper shown, but understand the convenience may be attractive to some. I have found, once you "pry" them open, they are pretty easy to open from inside each day while camping. It seems the longer they are not used, is when they start to stick again!
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