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Old 11-21-2020, 11:13 AM   #1
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Window Rubber Seals Stick to Glass

The window rubber seals have been sticking terribly to the glass. We always have to go outside to open them! Actually pry them open with a heavy guitar pick. 1mm for you guitar players!! Anyone use anything to lube them or keep them rubbery, slippery, or something so they don't stick to the glass?
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Old 11-21-2020, 11:14 AM   #2
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More info, we are in CT, the Temps are not that hot here. It is all the windows not just the ones in the sun. Would Vaseline ruin the rubber? Thinking about trying that.
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Old 11-21-2020, 11:29 AM   #3
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My 2013 AS owner's manual says
"Apply 303 Aerospace Protectant to the window
gasket. To apply, spray/pour 303 onto a soft rag
or sponge and apply a generous coating directly
to the gasket."


I used 303 for several years, and it doesn't seem to help that much. Someone on the forum recommended Gummi Pfledge, so I tried that. It seems about the same.

Other recommendations have included silicone spray and powdery treatments.

Extra tip: Clean both the gasket and the window surface that meets the gasket.
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Old 11-21-2020, 11:31 AM   #4
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We tried the 303 Protectant and it failed. Just Find peace with it!!! The best part of an Airstream is all of the windows which do eventually open!!! Make it part of your arrival setup. Unlock all windows, then from the outside...walk around and run a credit card up/down both sides and across the bottom of all the windows to release. You should only need to do this once. ...If you do them all at once, it only takes 3 or 4 minutes!
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Old 11-21-2020, 11:37 AM   #5
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I use a product made by Wurth. Wurth Rubber Care, is used on the airstream window rubber, entry door rubber, outside compartment doors, and all of the rubber gaskets on my vehicles. Works well, and extends the life of the rubber.
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Old 11-21-2020, 11:41 AM   #6
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Are you saying to unlock, run the credit card around, but not raise them? That way they are ready to go when you want to open them during your stay? ...avoiding the continual frustration of dealing with one window as needed. Seems like a better plan than we have now.

Also, do you think Vaseline is safe to use? I guess I won't even bother buy the 303 Protectant. My husband thought Armour All might be of some help.
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We tried the 303 Protectant and it failed. Just Find peace with it!!! The best part of an Airstream is all of the windows which do eventually open!!! Make it part of your arrival setup. Unlock all windows, then from the outside...walk around and run a credit card up/down both sides and across the bottom of all the windows to release. You should only need to do this once. ...If you do them all at once, it only takes 3 or 4 minutes!
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Old 11-21-2020, 11:42 AM   #7
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Ooooh. Thank you. We will try that!
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I use a product made by Wurth. Wurth Rubber Care, is used on the airstream window rubber, entry door rubber, outside compartment doors, and all of the rubber gaskets on my vehicles. Works well, and extends the life of the rubber.
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Old 11-21-2020, 11:43 AM   #8
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Dielectric grease works very well. It has been used on automotive weather seals for many years. Just don't use too much.
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Old 11-21-2020, 11:45 AM   #9
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No to Vaseline. I just researched that and it deteriorates it.
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Old 11-21-2020, 12:40 PM   #11
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Are you saying to unlock, run the credit card around, but not raise them? That way they are ready to go when you want to open them during your stay? ...avoiding the continual frustration of dealing with one window as needed. Seems like a better plan than we have now.

Also, do you think Vaseline is safe to use? I guess I won't even bother buy the 303 Protectant. My husband thought Armour All might be of some help.

Yes...this is only a preparation before opening. I have opened them from the outside while doing the credit card thing. All you do is lift the window and pop the supports in place from the outside...if you choose to do so! Otherwise, as I run the credit card around from the outside. I use my other hand and slightly pull on the bottom edge. Once it releases you are good to go... Most of the time you won't make it all the way around before the thickness of the credit card pops it open. I didn't attempt vaseline, it just adds other concerns...
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Old 11-21-2020, 01:26 PM   #12
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Vaseline is bad news for rubber (destructive). Dielectric Grease will be pretty messy (it's like vaseline, but shouldn't degrade the rubber). You can buy silicon spray at Lowes or Home Depot. It's cheap and works pretty well for what you're talking about, plus you can use it to lubricate locks and hinges. Spray it on your finger (or in a small container to dip your finger into), and then run your finger over the rubber seal to minimize your mess.


One thing that isn't getting mentioned so far is to *clean* the seals first to remove whatever residue/decomp that is making them stick in the first place.
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Old 11-21-2020, 01:37 PM   #13
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This stuff would be good to try. Goes on very thin and dries up. Leaves a silicon film on surfaces. It smells pretty good as well?

http://www.jigaloo.ca/lubricant/1-jig-a-loo.html
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Old 11-21-2020, 05:17 PM   #14
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While your at it make sure the emergency window can be opened!
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Old 11-21-2020, 05:55 PM   #15
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Iím with kidjedi. 3 in 1 rv care sprays have rv rubber gasket conditioner among other products like metal track spray for RVs. We use it regularly and has worked well. The box stores have it. Good luck
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Old 11-21-2020, 09:12 PM   #16
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I leave an old gift card next to the door. Wife unlocks the windows, I run the card as I'm setting up the outside. With the gift card I don't lose the CC or possibly mess up the magnetic stripe
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Both
303 Aerospace Protectant and
Gummi Pfledge


are good products to keep the rubber from drying out
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Old 11-21-2020, 09:56 PM   #18
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I use the 303 Protectant monthly and have installed the Window Poppers on all the windows that open.
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Old 11-22-2020, 07:08 AM   #19
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I use.....nothing.

Clean the inner glass edge, where it contact the rubber gasket, of all stuck on debris and hazing.

Clean the rubber gasket well.

Done.

Open with credit card when needed.
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I use window poppers as well.
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