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Old 06-29-2013, 03:47 PM   #1
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Vinyl window repair

So my daughter was putting her golf clubs in the back of my 05 TJ and busted a 50 cent size hole in the vinyl rear window. It was cold and ready to rain so I put a piece of trusty ole duct tape over the hole to keep the water out. 5 months later...
So today I decided to do a permanent repair. I remove the window, got a vinyl pool repair kit and set about fixing. First I had to remove the duct tape and tape residue. I used Goo be Gone. Bad choice. It removed the residue nicely, but caused the existing vinyl to smudge. You can see it in the pictures. I used my snuff can to mark my pattern, traced and cut 2 pieces of vinyl. FYI...a patch of any kind should have radiuses in all corners. I decided to just use a circle. I used windex to clean everything. I started with the inside of the window. Took a pencil and traced around the snuff can to center up where the patch needed to go. I inserted the punched out piece and made sure everything fit snugly. I set the patch in place and lifted one half. I put on the glue and secured half then rolled the other half and repeated the process. I flipped the window and repeated the same steps to the outside of the window.
Can you tell it has been patched? Yes, but it really doesn't look that bad. I'll probably find a decal I like and attempt to camouflage it.
Is it flexible? Yes. Window can be rolled up just like new.
Is it weather proof? Absolutely.
Is it durable? Time will tell. I'll update later if anybody is interested.
Lessons learned....
Don't wait so long.
Don't use Goo be Gone.
Cooler weather would have been a plus as the glue was trying to dry on me quickly.
Have a wallpaper seam roller handy.
Overall, the repair is a good one. Beats buying a replacement window. I've got less than ten bucks and an hour invested in the repair.
As Red Green would say, "If a woman can't find you handsome, maybe she can you handy!"

*wish the pictures would have been a little better, but you get the point.
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Old 06-29-2013, 04:33 PM   #2
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Good idea.
Vinyl and acrylic windows suck. You would think with all the space age technology and materials we have today that they could come up with something more durable.

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Old 07-02-2013, 06:52 PM   #3
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Agreed. I wish they could come up with something a little more scratch resistant.
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