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Old 05-08-2006, 01:10 PM   #1
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Our lovely large Solarcool tinted windows....

We had trouble with birds flying into the big windows. A few birds died. So we had placed some static cling film decals on the large windows - one each. This seemed to prevent the problem.

Nothing in the documentation on the cling film indicated that there would be problem with window coatings.

After a year, the film decals started looking a bit ratty. Unfortunately we now see that they have lifted off some of the window tint coating.

Ouch! Some windows have a few small spots with missing coating. A couple have a larger area that lifted off.

I sure can't seem to find any information about Solarcool windows for RVs on line.

Is it possible to repair spots in the coating?Anyone had to replace a Solarcool window pane? Any idea of what we might be in for?

It's something we can "live" with. But it's one of those cosmetic things that might cause a problem with resale, in which case we might as well go ahead and do the repairs and enjoy them ourselves!!!

Any comments, suggestions would be appreciated.

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Our lovely large Solarcool tinted windows....

We had trouble with birds flying into the big windows. A few birds died. So we had placed some static cling film decals on the large windows - one each. This seemed to prevent the problem.

Nothing in the documentation on the cling film indicated that there would be problem with window coatings.

After a year, the film decals started looking a bit ratty. Unfortunately we now see that they have lifted off some of the window tint coating.

Ouch! Some windows have a few small spots with missing coating. A couple have a larger area that lifted off.

I sure can't seem to find any information about Solarcool windows for RVs on line.

Is it possible to repair spots in the coating?Anyone had to replace a Solarcool window pane? Any idea of what we might be in for?

It's something we can "live" with. But it's one of those cosmetic things that might cause a problem with resale, in which case we might as well go ahead and do the repairs and enjoy them ourselves!!!

Any comments, suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 05-08-2006, 02:06 PM   #3
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We have one bird issue. Next to the coach a bird has taken up residence. He/she/it is either in love with the reflection, or is having a fight with that "other" bird. Seems more like the former, since its advances are not very aggressive.
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I'm pretty sure it's fighting. Some birds are very territorial, particularly during nesting season (like now), and if they see their reflection assume it's an intruder.

What kind of bird is it?

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Old 05-08-2006, 04:02 PM   #5
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Small, but not enough meat on it for a good snack.
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A few weeks after I took delivery and much to my dismay, an rv "detailer" used an acid based spot remover on my large driver side window/slider. It ate through the glazing, leaving the window looking pretty bad.

WRV gave me the source for the window, which happened to be somewhat local (Los Angeles area) and they provided me with the slider.

While mine was free (very nice CSR), I got the impression that complete windows were not un-reasonably priced (good deal, mental footnote).

My next task was having the entire frame removed and re-installed with the new slider (no, you can't replace it without frame removal). This cost $300.

One tip was to have the coach sit out sunny-side to the window for a few hours. This made installation a lot simpler and cleaner for the shop.

I do not believe there is any other option to remedy the damaged glazing.
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We replaced a side window over our sofa on our coach last year. WRV recommended that we not replace the slider, which was the only part broken, probably because ours is a 2000. The window had to be completely replaced. $1050 . I did not do the install. It was covered under insurance and they guaranteed the work , which is sometimes better than I can do .

I think the manufacturer is Janel, in the LA area as Jim noted above.

I've seen paint discolored by those magnetic ribbons too .
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Is all the coating on the inside or is there something on the outside also? Just what should we be cleaning the windows with? We coated the inside of our windows in our home with a tinted film and we only wash them with baby shampoo and water. That was the recommendation from the manufacturer.

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The coating I'm talking about is on the outside of the window.

Maybe people will share what they clean with. We've only used vinegar-based Windex diluted with water and a soft cloth. It seems to work pretty well.

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@ PDI @ the factory, several of our windows had hard water spots. The detailing crew polished them out w/3M buffing compound. I cringed when they reached for it, but it worked OK, no noticable swirl marks. But I think over time you'd polish the tint right off using that as cleaner.
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