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Window cleaning 'tween the shell and cab.

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by ERdept, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. Dec 3, 2008 at 1:28 AM
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    ERdept

    ERdept [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Since I put the shell on the truck, I can't really access the truck's rear cab window and the adjoining window on the shell.

    It's got a layer of grime and haze.


    How do you guys get in there to clean this?
     
  2. Dec 3, 2008 at 1:32 AM
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    genxer36

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    Will a squeegee fit?
     
  3. Dec 3, 2008 at 4:49 AM
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    IDEA......take some of those windex wipes and get or make a small squeegee type looking thing, could use a dowel rod and a 4" thin piece of wood.
    Put the wipe on it and go back and forth, may take a few times. And if it streaks go to vinegar/water solution and some paper.
    :confused:.....may work
     
  4. Dec 3, 2008 at 4:52 AM
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    mws4ua

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    Have a camper on mine... The easiest way I found (though it's not terribly convenient) is to disconnect it from the truck, then slide it away from the cab. I got into the bed, laid on my back, then used my legs to lift the camper a few inches and move it about a foot. Cleaning was much easier then.

    Good luck.
     
  5. Dec 3, 2008 at 5:33 AM
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    TacoCo

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    The front window on my shell folds down to the inside of the bed for cleaning.
     
  6. Dec 3, 2008 at 6:15 AM
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    Yeah no easy way...I use to have to do this on my 95.

    Yep I was so glad when they started doing this in shells, my A.R.E. was a snap to clean the window. Great option.

    The dowel trick might work but its easy to ding something in there.
     
  7. Dec 3, 2008 at 6:56 AM
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    smokey28723

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    Does your shell have a sliding glass window that you can open and access the glass that way? My old shell didn't have one so I used a long handled ice scraper. The angle on the scraper helped hold pressure on the cleaning rag.

    When I got my A.R.E. camper for my 08, I got the fold down window option. It is really nice!
     
  8. Dec 3, 2008 at 7:00 AM
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    Does your truck have a sliding rear window? Can you use that to access the side windows?

    I'd probably give the dowel thing a shot, but if that didn't work well, then I'd slide the shell back to do it really well.
     
  9. Dec 3, 2008 at 9:57 AM
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    Oof, no access. Sounds tough. My new cap (A.R.E. CX) has a folding window. Sure glad I got it.

    I know a guy who was in your situation, and he found some sort of long slender brush/sponge. Might have to dig around for this...
     
  10. Dec 3, 2008 at 10:05 PM
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    OK, this give me some ideas. The only window that slides is the truck's rear widow.

    Thanks all. Never thought of this when I bought the shell. I thought it would always stay clean and my life would improve, I'd get more chicks, and become a multi-millionare.
     
  11. Dec 4, 2008 at 5:05 AM
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    Wait, you're cap didn't get you any more chicks? I've been hosed...
     
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    When I ordered my ARE MX I didn't listen to the man and get the fold down slider thinking I could get my hands in there to clean. WRONG! Shell ended up needing some warranty work so while they had it I had a fold down installed. Cost me lots more$$$$$$ than if I had ordered it originally.
    Lifes lessons still being learned still at 55 years old.:rolleyes:
     
  13. Dec 4, 2008 at 10:38 AM
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    HerNameIsLucy I miss Lucy. :-(

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    maybe you can hit an industrial supply place like Graingers and get some of the window cleaner used on buildings with inaccessible glass. Supposed to be able to just spray it on and let it run off.
     
  14. Dec 7, 2008 at 11:58 AM
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    My new topper has fold down glass, but on my last truck I used this thing called a Tweener. Its basically a sponge on the end of a long flexible plastic handle. I bought it a topper store in colorado called escargo (at leat I think that was the name of the store).
     
  15. Dec 7, 2008 at 8:36 PM
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    It did get me more chix not directly, but cause it gave me extra confidence to pursue the score in the truck bed, idea!
     
  16. Dec 24, 2008 at 10:35 AM
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    My cap dealer sells a plastic handle with a sponge attached to it just for this type of cleaning
     
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