Our Burro windows
were chipped but pretty clear considering the age. I thought it would be easy to get a glass company to provide me with smoked safety glass so that I may reuild my windows
using the same frames. I went to all kinds of glass companies...autos, shower enclosures and they all said that the small piece I needed (one half of small side window) would cost a minimum of $200. Making safety glass is a specialized and costly process. Needless to say, I went with some sort of plastic.
The rubber channels are very difficult to find. I may have found a source for new rubber channel but the cost was exorbitant ...$99 for 3 feet.
I was shopping in Menards and saw a sheet of smoked (plexiglas?) in the section with their clear plastics used primarily (I think) to replace the window portion of a screen door. I bought the small piece (appx $12) and cut it with a jigsaw. It turned out perfect! The shade is slightly different, more brown than the original grayish smoke tint but it is hard to notice.
Rather than fuss with rebuilding all the windows
, I decided to refresh the other windows by using Brasso as suggested from a helpful member on this site.
This is how it is done...First make sure that windows are free from dirt, otherwise you may add scratches. Then apply Brasso in a circular motion to the clean windows with a soft clean cloth. Let it dry, then rub it off with a clean micro soft cloth.
My windows were removed from the Burro
when I did this so I could add quite a bit of pressure (for a smallish woman) to both sides. The Brasso removed the smaller scratches that can make the plastic look cloudy and it also left a non-stick, kind of Rain-X finish that makes the water shed off.
Good luck with your windows,