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Old 07-08-2014, 10:42 AM   #1
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Windshield Curtain

I have the old type stiff pleated curtains that are a bear to open and close. They seem to be sticking in the rail. Is there some type of lube I can put in the rail to make this slide smoother. Right now it is a two person job to open and close.

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Old 07-08-2014, 10:48 AM   #2
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Great question ! We have the same problem, but I am very afraid of putting something on it in case it gets on our new curtain.

I hope you (we ) get answers.
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We had the same problem. Decided to go with MCD shades. Had them installed at the factory in Texas. We love them, only negative was the large hit on the checkbook.
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:11 AM   #4
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You can clean the track with 409 than wipe some silicone in track and wife that off.
When opening use the small knob in center of shade, my leading edge has a stick inside fabric, and pull shade closed.
Need to pull easy and shade should pull easy.
People have cleaned with OXI Clean in bath tub.
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One thing you SHOULD do is inspect the rail... I have seen them where the rail was in 2 or 3 sections and the joints were not well lined up.

I did a much better job of alignment.
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possible fix

Mine did the same thing. I felt like I was pulling the thing off the wall/ceiling. I checked for obstruction, and everything was fine. I noticed that the place where the vertical strings transitions to horizontal there are a couple of plastic roller/pulleys. there is a gap between them and the string is wedging in that gap. I found that if when it wasn't caught in that gap I lightly pulled on string, and assisted the other string with other hand in the other direction it would keep it from getting caught between the gap. It was a day/night difference. if you have those 2 nylon pulleys with a gap try this.

I think a long term fix it to remove that gap in those pulleys. I bet the assembly gets tweaked out after time. look at squeezing that area of the rail together.

Hope this helps.

I could add a few pictures if anyone needs to see it.
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Wife hated our OEM pleated curtains. Went to Beds, Bath & Beyond, picked out 3 cloth shower curtains & 3 cloth liners (they already have grommets), took one hanger from slide to Camping World, bought one package of near matching hangers (doesn't have to be exact as they are hidden) to match number of grommets in curtains, picked up a box of paper clips to use for the extra added hangers, cut the curtains to length, cut one of the curtains to fit width needed (remember you need a Right & Left!), sewed the width-cut curtain to two full width curtains, ironed them, threaded the extra needed hangers onto the rail, used the extra paper clips as needed and VOILA finished! Opens & closes very easy, looks good & wife happy. Cost about $100.00 and one day of labor.


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Thanks for all the tips. Am going to try the clean and lube approach first.

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Candlewax or Beeswax.
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Candlewax or Beeswax.
No Kidding? Who wudda thunk it. How do you get it in the track?
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Dry Ivory soap bar - has worked well for a few years. It takes a little effort but I just open the curtains all the way, then rub the soap bar along the track a few times. 100% better after applying...
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Becks, do you mind me asking how much the MCD shades cost you?
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No Kidding? Who wudda thunk it. How do you get it in the track?
Just get a block of it from any crafts place. Take the corner and press into opening on rail going back and forth the length of the rails. Enough will get in there. Its also good for the sliding rails on your awnings. Sliding closet doors benefit also.
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