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  1. #1
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    Default cleaning double pane window

    How can I get the frost out, that has build up between the window panes? It looks as if it's snowing in there. Is it possible or do I need new windows?

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    Default Re: cleaning double pane window

    Unfortunately, there is no way to separate the panes to clean between them. In fact, the moisture between the panes is an indication that the seal has been broken and that the windows are not doing their job of insulating as they should. The only recourse is to replace the glass panel.

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    Default Re: cleaning double pane window

    zack,

    Like Sprucey said.... there's isn't any practical way to clean between the panes and then seal them up again.

    Even if you did take them apart, you wouldn't be able to remove the "frost" because the white you're looking is actually the result of the glass being etched......by the chemical compound that forms when the argon gas mixes with atmospheric air.

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    Default Re: cleaning double pane window

    ......by the chemical compound that forms when the argon gas mixes with atmospheric air.
    Wait a minute...argon is an inert gas & won't form chemical compounds. That's why it is used in windows.
    HTH

    Dave

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    Default Re: cleaning double pane window

    That is also assuming that a gas, argon or otherwise, was used when the panel was made. Factory window may have a rich creamy nuggety center, but many replacements do not. The three local facilities that are near me and make dual pane panels, do not gas fill the void.

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    Default Re: cleaning double pane window

    It wouldn't matter which or any or if it's inert or not ... when the seal is compromised and condensation is forming there is a gas present ... air.

    Believe it or not there is a process available that can be done to relieve the condensation build up in failed sealed units. Though if the unit has deposit build up likely the window is toast since it would be near impossible to clean this.

    Check this link describing a DIY approach with a link to a company known as Crystal Clear that does this professionally.

    http://joneakes.com/cgi-bin/getdetailscals.cgi?id=1079

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