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Old 05-29-2024, 05:50 PM   #1
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What to do with the front window solar guards ?

My front window solar guards are a mess . I have tried window scratch remover and cleaner . They still look bad in the sun .
So can they be repaired or replaced with different material ?
If so , who and where ?
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Old 05-29-2024, 07:54 PM   #2
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How did they become damaged on a 1 year old trailer?
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Old 05-29-2024, 10:09 PM   #3
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The acrylic can be replaced with new. Not aware of any glass panels that could be used, but I wouldn't want glass up there anyhow - too heavy, too prone to breakage from gravel and such, and it would be way too expensive.

Hard to understand how yours got beyond use in just one or two years. Mine are decades old and still doing their job.
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Old 05-30-2024, 03:46 AM   #4
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They are only bad when the sun hits them . I like my windows clean and clear .
Who or where came do the replacements
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Old 05-30-2024, 04:45 AM   #5
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Wether new or old try a product called Plexus on them. It will not only protect the plastic but help fill in the scratches. Made for aircraft windows.
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Old 05-30-2024, 04:56 AM   #6
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Ours are clean and in great shape after seven years. Barring damage from an impact, I don’t expect they will ever need replacement.

They are darkly tinted by design so will never be “clear.” But using scratch remover on them probably made them hazy.
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Old 05-30-2024, 05:17 AM   #7
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Wether new or old try a product called Plexus on them. It will not only protect the plastic but help fill in the scratches. Made for aircraft windows.
I have done this a few times ….
Once again where and who will replace the material without buying new ones ?
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Old 05-30-2024, 06:02 AM   #8
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I replaced my own with polycarbonate rather than acrylic (plexiglass). Much more impervious to rock cracks, BUT they all scratch. It is the nature of the animal. Sorry, it's true. I know of no one who does the material replacement instead of the whole guard replacement. It's rather labor intensive and with labor rates what they are.........
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Old 05-30-2024, 09:31 AM   #9
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My '18 Tommy Bahama had the graphics on the front, however the clear protective cover went bad. There was improvement as I was able to remove some of the clear layer, however I ultimately had to remove all of it.

Having graphics printed and applied is an option, however visibility from inside is reduced. Perforated graphics is about 50% Pictures were Jan 22.
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Old 05-30-2024, 09:50 AM   #10
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You can see the process:
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Old 05-30-2024, 10:19 AM   #11
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window guards

I use Walbernize polish the same stuff on the trailer and it works fine to clean and polish my front window guards.
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Old 05-30-2024, 10:55 AM   #12
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My '18 Tommy Bahama had the graphics on the front, however the clear protective cover went bad. There was improvement as I was able to remove some of the clear layer, however I ultimately had to remove all of it.

Having graphics printed and applied is an option, however visibility from inside is reduced. Perforated graphics is about 50% Pictures were Jan 22.
I have the same Tommy Bahama model and would like to know if you had a signed shop redo the graphics and install them??
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Old 05-30-2024, 10:56 AM   #13
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I use Walbernize polish the same stuff on the trailer and it works fine to clean and polish my front window guards.
I concur 100% Apply in a shaded, no direct sun, area with cloth, polish with a variable speed polisher with soft pad. Work in small area at a time.
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Old 05-30-2024, 11:10 AM   #14
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Thank you for sharing that video. Our 2005 rock guards do not have any holes in them, but they have several cracks that can be seen in certain light from the inside. Another project...
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Old 05-30-2024, 11:21 AM   #15
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Care & Feeding of Rock Guards

Meguiars makes a line of cleaner and glazes for were developed for the military to use on aircraft cockpit windows. The motorcycle industry adopted the for their windshields. It works very well for rock guards.
It is a 2 step process. Starting with their #17 Plastic Cleaner followed by their #10 Plastic Polish.
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Old 05-30-2024, 01:22 PM   #16
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Plexus is impossible to find now if you know a connection please share I’m on my last can
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Old 05-30-2024, 01:36 PM   #17
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Consistent with some previous responses, a coat of wax can fill in fine scratches and make them look better. (Believe or not, you can do this with scratched eyeglasses, but the benefit is obviously short-lived.)

A synthetic product compatible with plastic is probably preferred.
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Old 05-30-2024, 05:55 PM   #18
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Mos, if you cannot replace your plexiglass yourself, JC or a dealer can do it for you. I think each solar guard is around $500-600 each plus labor. Good luck and enjoy your trailer. Not sweating the small stuff may make your experience better. Things happen when you use them.
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Old 05-31-2024, 06:49 AM   #19
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One way to have 'clean and clear' windows is to simply remove the window guards and go without.
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Old 05-31-2024, 08:33 AM   #20
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This is yet another reason why I would like to see the layout of the 19 (and some others) flipped front-to-back. With the dinette and wrap-around windows at the rear, not only would the camp view be better when backed into a site, but you could also eliminate the plexi window shields/solar guards. Better and clearer view, less weight, less cost.
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