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ohradiogirl 04-13-2009 10:48 PM

Replacing Window Skins
Hello all ... my first post here. Though I've had my Jeep 12 years.

Windows are so busted, I finally got some replacement skins. I've never replaced the skins. Problem is the weather has not been 'warm' enough to try to put them on. I live in Ohio and I don't have a garage. I got the Best Top skins from a store and they charge $75 to put them on.

I'm thinking I can do it myself if I can just get the weather to cooperate.

Your thoughts ... or should I just go back to the place where I bought the skins and have them put them on for the $75?


01 TJ 04-13-2009 10:54 PM

The 75 is a rip off. It is a simple 15 minute install. Just zip the old ones out and put the metal/rubber seal on the new back window on and you are good to go.

ohradiogirl 04-13-2009 11:07 PM

Thanks for the quick reply. I'm being lazy. I'm hoping the weather will allow me to change them out sometime this week.

01 TJ 04-13-2009 11:09 PM

Oh good lord! I just saw the avatar! Are you guys still getting that much snow? Damn, I hate cold weather!

nater344 04-14-2009 06:54 AM

Window skin are pretty easy to your $75. It shouldn't be very difficult, even in cold weather. Good luck.

wetzie 04-14-2009 04:31 PM

I would suggest taking the windows indoors and letting them warm up. I have used a heat gun or dryer to heat the vinyl to get it move more freely.

daanbc 04-14-2009 05:57 PM

Are you talking about just zipping the zippers and the velcro? If so that is so easy, That's one of the first things to learn when ya get a jeep. I'm sure sooner or later it will get warm enough for you to want to go topless. LOL.

TerryFaust 04-14-2009 06:04 PM

Go topless!! Woo

KBR97 04-14-2009 06:10 PM

yea definatly bring the windows inside for a while let them warm up. Then go at it.

G54 04-14-2009 07:47 PM


Originally Posted by ohradiogirl (Post 354801)
Hello all ... my first post here. Though I've had my Jeep 12 years.

Welcome to WF! Where in Ohio? I'm in C-town. x2 on bringing the windows in overnight and go for it.

Go Cavs!!

Edit: Never mind on the location - I just checked out your blog and see your in C-Bus!

ohradiogirl 04-14-2009 09:21 PM

I'm in Columbus.

The avatar pic is from this past winter (Nov or Dec) in Pittsburgh).

You guys give good info. I like the suggestion about the hair dryer to warm up the windows.

Between the rain and the not so warm temps, I am just stuck for now. Thanks much for all the tips and getting me motivated.

ohradiogirl 04-18-2009 08:53 PM

Putting on the new skins was brutal. I'm no wuss, but it was 70+ degrees today and it was still a monster putting it on. I only did one and I don't know when I will do the other one.

I did end up using the hair dryer, but the gnarly part was trying to get the skin over the rounded corners. Ended up using a screw driver ... really!

I'll post pics tomorrow ... just too damn tired right now and I have to be @ work @ 5a.

Again, thanks for the tips.

ohradiogirl 04-23-2009 10:28 PM

Here's my blog post about putting the skins on. I can laugh now and so can you:
New Window For My Jeep

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