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Getting ready to paint the wagon. I need some advice on whether or not to try to remove the vista window before paint and then to reseal it. I've read that they are very easy to break when removing them. Does anyone know of any alternative to sealing the vista window without removing it?
 

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I would entrust the window to a glass professional. Someone here was so afraid of breaking it at the JY, that they removed the entire top of the car around the window with a sawzall. If you find the leak, it will probably have some rust around the leak area too. To avoid the leak returning in the future, the rust needs to be fixed too.
 

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I would entrust the window to a glass professional. Someone here was so afraid of breaking it at the JY, that they removed the entire top of the car around the window with a sawzall. If you find the leak, it will probably have some rust around the leak area too. To avoid the leak returning in the future, the rust needs to be fixed too.
That was my original thought so I took it to an auto glass specialist and they did not want to touch it. I guess I took it to the wrong one. I will try another.

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I have removed one from a parts car that I had. It was really pretty easy. Pull the interior trim off and if I remember there are about 10 nuts that have to be removed.

Push up from the inside and pull up from the outside. Just take your time.

Are you sure that it is leaking there? That is highly unusual. If you have a leak from the roof it is usually the roof racks. If you are just removing it to paint, leave it alone and avoid any problems.

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I have removed one from a parts car that I had. It was really pretty easy. Pull the interior trim off and if I remember there are about 10 nuts that have to be removed.

Push up from the inside and pull up from the outside. Just take your time.

Are you sure that it is leaking there? That is highly unusual. If you have a leak from the roof it is usually the roof racks. If you are just removing it to paint, leave it alone and avoid any problems.

Tom C.
I am sure it is leaking from there since there is water inside the surrounding area. I pulled the interior trim off and can see the water sitting inside the area between the window sealant and the sheet metal.
Is there any trick to releasing the sealant after unscrewing all the nuts?
 

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The one I removed, I pushed up the outer edges. I then pulled up from the outside. I have used piano wire for the side windows, but you can use them on the vista window. You can buy the wire at NAPA.

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A heat gun might soften it. Not a hair dryer, the type that gets up to 900 degrees.
 
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