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2007 Sun damaged Vista top seals

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#1 OFFLINE   Rancher56

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 06:30 PM

Hi all, I just got this 2007 MKX with the vista roof. The seals between the rear top glass and the sliding glass and the rear spoiler are sun damaged and disintegrating.  My questions are: Can the top seal between the rear glass and the front glass be replaced without removing the rear glass? Is there an alternative fix. There is no leakage that I have found but it looks terrible. Also, the rear spoiler needs to be repainted. How do I remove it from the rear hatch? This is what happens when you leave your car parked outside in California.

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#2 OFFLINE   enigma-2

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 08:02 PM

Looks shot. Might consider just replacing the whole thing (used of course).
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Posted 09 September 2017 - 11:07 PM

The link didn't help. I don't mind replacing with new if I knew how to remove the rear glass if that is required. If the glass is glued in like a windshield than I will try to come up with another solution. I was hoping that someone on this site has had the same problem and came up with a fix.



#4 OFFLINE   enigma-2

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 01:13 PM

As the seals are still holding (for now), I would spray all the rubber parts with 303 Aerospace Protectant to soften the rubber and limit the amount of damage yet to occur.

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 01:23 PM

Guy over in the Edge forum had same problem. Here's the link: http://www.fordedgef...g/?fromsearch=1

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 10:51 PM

As you can see from the photo the rubber is too far gone for a protectant. It appears that the portion of the rubber seal that is under the glass is still intact. I could just trim off the part between the two glass panels and be rid of the gooy mess.  Is the rear glass removable? Anyone have to replace this glass panel? I guess I'll try a glass shop for information. 



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Posted 20 October 2017 - 01:57 PM

Any help on removing the rear roof spoiler? Anyone?



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Posted 21 October 2017 - 12:26 AM

Here's how to remove the fixed rear glass. As you can see, you remove the movable glass, then the headliner, then the fixed glass. Then the seals. Quite a job. MacTfordEdge recommended removing the moving glass panel to be a two man job. (About 70 lbs I think he said).

BTW, Nac has a video on YouTube about removing the moving glass.

 

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 12:29 AM

Sorry, meant to add this:

 

Remove the roof opening panel sliding glass. For additional information, refer to Roof Opening Panel Glass — Front Sliding in this section. 
 
->Roof Opening Panel Glass — Front Sliding 
Removal and Installation 
1. Open the roof opening panel to the VENT position. 
2. Detach the top of the concertina blind from the moving glass frame. 
3. Reposition the sliding glass panel to any position rearward of VENT position. 
4. Remove the 4 roof opening panel glass front screws. To install, tighten to 8 Nm (71 lb-in). 
 
Remove the headliner. For additional information, refer to Section 501-05 . 
 
 
 
Remove the rear fixed glass interior trim ring. For additional information, refer to Roof Opening Panel Trim — Fixed Glass, Interior in this section. 
->Roof Opening Panel Trim — Fixed Glass, Interior 
Removal and Installation 
1. Position the sunshade(s) to the fully OPEN position. 
2. Carefully bend/pry the trim ring from its hook-and-loop tape pads. 
NOTE: A piece of paper may assist in keeping the hook-and-loop tape from sticking while aligning the trim ring. Once the trim ring is in position (front and rear locating pins lined up), remove the paper and press the trim firmly in place. 
3. Carefully bend the roof opening panel interior fixed glass trim and working from one corner remove the roof opening panel interior fixed glass trim. To install, reverse the removal procedure. 


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Posted 23 October 2017 - 11:10 AM

Thanks for the procedure and your time to respond, Looks like quite a job. Too much just for cosmetic purposes. I'll just live with it until I can come up with a alternative solution. How about the procedure for removing the rear spoiler so I can refinish it?

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 07:36 PM

Was thinking about your problem, got an idea, might just work.

What would happen if you masked off the roof area and sprayed a liquid rubber on the deteriorated rubber gasket? A product such as Flex Seal (which is liquid rubber) or simular.

May take several coats, with light sanding with 500 grade steel wool. Work the rubber into the cracks, while keeping the top surface level. Finish with one final light coat to carry a sheen. I'd bet you wouldn't have to refinish if done right.
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Posted 12 December 2017 - 12:15 PM

I was thinking on the same solution. I'm still looking for an alternative fix with another rubber strip inserted in the gap between the two glass panels. For now I'm holding off until  I change the plugs. UGH!!!



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Posted 12 December 2017 - 12:16 PM

Im still looking for the procedure to remove the rear spoiler for painting.








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