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I have the dreaded "fogged window" problem on my 1997 Bounder. Unfortunately, it is the driver side window and is impairing vision through the rear view mirror. I am going to simply break one of the panes in the double pane window and clean up the fogging. My question is, what do you think would be the best way to do this without breaking both panes. I read that someone tried to drill through a pane and it broke to pieces and that worked. I thought about simply using a hammer and an awl and gently strike it until the glass shatters. Anyway, just looking for feedback and suggestions. Thanks in advance!!


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An adjustable spring loaded center punch should do the trick. Start on the lowest setting and work up until the glass shatters.

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you might want to duck tape the glass so you won't have glass pieces all over the place and wind up cutting your self

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Get a ResQme. It will do the job on that window for you easily and quickly!!



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old guy wrote:

you might want to duck tape the glass so you won't have glass pieces all over the place and wind up cutting your self


Tempered glass doesn't break into pointed, dagger like shards - it usually brakes into small pieces maybe 1/2 to 1 inch in size - no the danger like standard window glass like in your non-movable home (S/B)


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STOP!!!!!!! Don’t break the glass. The track that it slides in is made for double pane and once you break one pane it will never seal again. I had a 1996 Bounder with the exact same problem on both side windows and it was hard to see the rear view mirror. What helped with my problem I tried two different methods.
1) I slid open the window and drilled the metal separator between the two pains close to the top and then at the bottom. With a lot of work I removed the metal shim and used a pad on a piece of shim to try and clean the inside of the glass. Didn’t help much trying to clean but the fog did go away and I was able to see again.
2) On the passenger side I went outside and drilled a ¼” hole up through the frame and in between the double panes. This allowed the moisture between the glass the dry out and was just as successful as method #1.
It will never be like new but it should allow you to see your mirror again by allowing the window to breath.
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Would it be possible to inject a small amount of desiccant, such as silica gel, through the newly-drilled holes before re-sealing them? That should absorb any new moisture in the future.


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The real problem is the moisture has already etched the glass, unless you air it out real quick it has a perminant hazy stain.

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Why not just have a glass shop replace the window??


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sunkatcher wrote:

STOP!!!!!!! Don’t break the glass. The track that it slides in is made for double pane and once you break one pane it will never seal again. I had a 1996 Bounder with the exact same problem on both side windows and it was hard to see the rear view mirror. What helped with my problem I tried two different methods.
1) I slid open the window and drilled the metal separator between the two pains close to the top and then at the bottom. With a lot of work I removed the metal shim and used a pad on a piece of shim to try and clean the inside of the glass. Didn’t help much trying to clean but the fog did go away and I was able to see again.
2) On the passenger side I went outside and drilled a ¼” hole up through the frame and in between the double panes. This allowed the moisture between the glass the dry out and was just as successful as method #1.
It will never be like new but it should allow you to see your mirror again by allowing the window to breath.
Good luck
Ron


x2. I had a buddy with the same issue. I gave gim a hand and drilled 2 - 3/32 holes between the panes as you suggested. We drilled one hole up high and one down low. We then used compressed air @ 20 psi and blew air into the lower hole. It took less than 10 minutes to clear the fog. We then put a small blob of silicone on each to seal the holes. It's likely it'll have to be done again, but it'll be easy to peel the silicone and do it again.

* This post was edited 02/18/12 07:58pm by missscarlet9 *


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