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Old 07-15-2014, 01:00 PM   #1
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Are my slider windows hopeless?

The slider windows on my Campact II are heavily sealed with silicon. The PO said they slid with such difficulty they never opened them and sealed them when one of the windows leaked. I am wondering if I can clean them and get them working or must I order new and replace them?
Any suggestions how I can get them sliding and water tight IF I can clean off silicon?
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Old 07-15-2014, 02:26 PM   #2
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Mu Hunter Compact jr windows were is pretty much the same shape. I took them out and wire wheeled and scraped the frames. They cleaned up fairly well. The glass you can clean up with a flat razor blade with some success. It met my needs but it really depends on your expectations. I think the best way, short of new windows would be cleaning frames and having a professional replace the glass but I have no concept of what that may cost vs new windows being that pretty much any price was out of my budget for now. There is no reason they shouldnt slide after a good scraping. WD40, wire wheel on a drill, flat blade and a paint scraper.

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Old 07-15-2014, 02:46 PM   #3
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The windows on our Campster were siliconed shut.
After a couple days of digging the stuff out with a long knife and other tools they finally opened.
There is some silicone that we cant get out -where the two windows meet-going to work on that this summer-but windows open now.
Didnt want to take the windows and frames out- might not have been able to seal them back up correctly.
Why would someone seal windows shut?
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Old 07-15-2014, 02:57 PM   #4
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My Hunter is full of "why would someone" issues. For instance, why would someone remove all the roof lifting hardware?

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Old 07-15-2014, 03:00 PM   #5
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sealed them when one of the windows leaked.
It may simple have been that the drain plug is clogged. Pop off that little white oblong cap under the window and run some weed eater cord through it to clear the drains on the window frame.

I have had great success with using the DAP Silicone remover. Just remove the most you can without it and then apply it really well over whats left and leave it for a number of hours and then try and take off.
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New channel that the windows slide in is available if you need to rebuild them. Carol's drain cleaning suggestion is good. If you do replace the channel you'll have to cut drain slots in it.
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Old 07-17-2014, 09:32 PM   #7
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Tomorrow is going to be window repair day. I got a plastic caulk remover tool, and read a suggestion to heat it with a hairdryer to try softening the caulk. Clearing the weep holes is a great reminder. Where could i get the replacement channel for the windows? The channel seems to be hardened. I will report back with results!

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My Hunter is full of "why would someone" issues. For instance, why would someone remove all the roof lifting hardware?
They probably were not the type of members here that research their projects before attempting them.

What, raise the roof and open the windows? That would let fresh air in.
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:26 PM   #9
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I remodeled a Compact Jr some time ago. The door window was glued shut and painted black. It took hours to clean the paint off the glass. The side windows needed a lot of work.
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