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Jake B



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:10 am    Post subject: cleaning horribly dirty window tracks.. help Reply with quote

so I am going to attempt cleaning out the sliding window tracks this weekend on a boat that has been in storage since 98 and has not seen any type of cleaning since who knows when. I read on here about maintaining cleaning and lubing but anyone have any tips for some that are really bad they wont close all the way to lock or really slide open.

I am wanting to get them back to new but don't want to mess them up in the process. wasn't sure if there was a strong cleaner that would break it up or not.
thanks to anyone who has dealt with this in the past.
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digger



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought an 89 C-Dory, that was neglected, and the window tracks were extremely dirty, the fabric was falling apart, and the drain hole plastic covers were falling off. I just washed and washed with a regular hose until most of the dirt washed out, and made new aluminum drain covers that I pop riveted over the holes. The windows themselves are not too good anymore, but I don't plan on replacing them -- they are actually "weathering" on the ground over edges, but they work. Wonder what replacing them all would cost??
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bshillam



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:30 am    Post subject: stiff brush Reply with quote

A stiff plastic brush goes a long way. Something you can pick up in any auto parts or hardware store. Once cleaned I have heard liquid rollers works really well.
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billtwymank



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:19 am    Post subject: Liquid Roller Reply with quote

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We use liquid roller for boat trailer pads.......
and use it monthly
and the windows slide very easily.

I always run the hose full pressure in all the tracks
then when they are dry I spray liquid roller on
all front, top, bottom tracks..........

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Wandering Sagebrush



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another endorsement for Liquid Roller. It works!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ours haven't sat for as long as yours, but we scrub with soapy water, flush with water, use some vinegar water (really helps with the salt spray), then let it dry. When dry, spray on Liquid Rollers (a Marykate product).
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Jake B



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the replys, and looks like a good scrubbing and liquid rollers in what it needs. thanks again
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Standas



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2021 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went thru and replaced the rubber/mohair channel.it wasn’t to difficult I got the material at steel rubber products.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2021 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

start with 30 second cleaner from home depot or lowes. It is by far the best mold alge grit pollen cleaner. I use it a lot around the house and on the trucks rv boats and just about anything. It really breaks the bond of all the above and your boat. Works really well in cleaning bugs off rvs and trucks. Makes it a 10 min job.
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