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Old 12-23-2013, 09:55 PM   #1
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Rear window louver?

Anyone have any remedies on how to keep the dang window louver on the rear window the adhesive works like crap but I have no plans on taking it off so I'm going to keep it on there regardless
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Rear window louver?

I'm interested in getting a rear window louver myself and this kind of stuff concerns me. Hopefully someone has an answer
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Anyone have any remedies on how to keep the dang window louver on the rear window the adhesive works like crap but I have no plans on taking it off so I'm going to keep it on there regardless


I put mine on... I had 4 of the 6 brackets lift up.
I like the look, but I had to sell em :/
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First, I hope you have the aluminum louver and not the plastic one. I was stupid enough to purchase and install the plastic one. After a round trip from Orlando to Tampa, the vibration and harmonics of that #$@& plastic louver caused the plastic to crack at its center connections, and then it began to flap. I had to pull over and remove it (I broke it into pieces to fit into the trunk). I got my money back on it!

As to your question, if the mounting plates are not staying on the glass, you'll need to remove the two sided tape, and use new tape. Be sure to use the 3M automotive tape, as the other type is not adhesive enough.

Also, prep is key! Use an alcohol wipe to remove any grease or oil from the glass where the plates are to be mounted. Don't use glass cleaner! Two, after applying the plates with new 3M automtive tape, wait a few hours before going for a ride with the louver fastened to the plates. The tape needs to "cure" for good adhesion.

At this point the current tape is weak apparently, and you need to replace it. The 3M automotive stuff is great, but prep is important. Whenever it's used on plastics, 3M recommends strongly that plastic adhesive promoter also be used after the surface has been cleaned to remove any wax, oil, dirt, etc. In your case though this is skipped, as your mounting the plates to glass.
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I ordered my Mustang from the factory with louvers. They're plastic and I have taken several 3-4 hours trips and they haven't shaken loose or anything. Sounds like yours were just really crappy plastic. I don't know how Ford put them on but I assume it was with automotive tape. I've got 4000 miles on them and they are still holding fine.

But I do know that if you try to adhere them onto the car with dirt still on the car, it isn't going to work out.
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I ordered my Mustang from the factory with louvers. They're plastic and I have taken several 3-4 hours trips and they haven't shaken loose or anything. Sounds like yours were just really crappy plastic. I don't know how Ford put them on but I assume it was with automotive tape. I've got 4000 miles on them and they are still holding fine.

But I do know that if you try to adhere them onto the car with dirt still on the car, it isn't going to work out.
Are you talking about the "side rear" louvers, or the "rear window" louver? The OP was talking about the rear window louver, which was what I was responding to. I have no issues with my rear side louvers.
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Did you use the adhesive promotor
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Did you use the adhesive promotor
I believe that's used to help promote adhesion to plastic. Not sure it works for glass, as I assume the plates that are used for the rear window louver attach to the glass.
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It will work on both I used it on my side louvers and it was -2 in Chicago this morning and no problems
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It will work on both I used it on my side louvers and it was -2 in Chicago this morning and no problems
Good to hear; I learned something today! Thanks for letting me know that.

I'm guessing that since the adhesion promoter is not usually provided in these install "kits", it gets ignored (it's use).

So, if the OP heads out and buys some new 3M automotive tape (one inch or larger), reapplies this new tape to the hold down plates, and then cleans the glass, and uses the adhesion promoter, they will have better results.
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Are you talking about the "side rear" louvers, or the "rear window" louver? The OP was talking about the rear window louver, which was what I was responding to. I have no issues with my rear side louvers.
Oh I was talking about quarter window louvers. Not the rear louver which would go over the rear windshield. Lol

Carry on, don't mind me.
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Go to your nearest NAPA dealer they will help you
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Duct Tape fixes everything. j/k. Good info in here as I was thinking rear window louvers as well.
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When looking at new mustangs on the lot all the ones with window louvers were attached with heavy duty Velcro. It would be nice to use velcro so you always have the option to remove them in order clean the glass.
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I'd say just pull it off. Clean the edges of your rear window with alcohol. Use new 3m tape maybe of wider width and adhesive promoter. Or if all else fails the Velcro idea is actually a great idea. It'd be easy to clean the glass if ever need be.
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Only problem with the Velcro that I see is, if someone wanted to steal the louvers, the Velcro would make it super easy. Just sayin . . . . . .
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Honestly though if someone wants it that bad they're gonna take it. And you wouldn't really be able to tell the difference if you looked at it anyways.
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I have the MRT rear louvers. This is one item that you do not cheap out on. Use the alcohol wipes to prepare the glass thoroughly. Do not do this in cold weather, and keep them locked in place for the first 48 hours, do not drive the first 24 hours. It is important that they do not set in cold weather. Many shops will put the car on a lift and keep it in the hottest air of the building.
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I have the MRT rear louvers. This is one item that you do not cheap out on. Use the alcohol wipes to prepare the glass thoroughly. Do not do this in cold weather, and keep them locked in place for the first 48 hours, do not drive the first 24 hours. It is important that they do not set in cold weather. Many shops will put the car on a lift and keep it in the hottest air of the building.

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Yeah it's really just one bracket coming I'm going to see if the have automotive adhesive at autozone
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Yeah it's really just one bracket coming I'm going to see if the have automotive adhesive at autozone
Get the 3M stuff I don't know what is but 3M makes the best adhesives on the market. Amazon should also sell it
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If you're serious about not wanting to remove them then see if you can get some durabond. That's what the paint shop I took mine to used on both the quarter windows and the side scoops and those suckers aren't going anywhere.
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Only problem with the Velcro that I see is, if someone wanted to steal the louvers, the Velcro would make it super easy. Just sayin . . . . . .
Velcro or 3M automotive tape, any part held on with either can be stolen without much effort.

Short of drillng holes in the glass and using nuts and bolts, any piece is sublect to theft unfortunately.
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If you're serious about not wanting to remove them then see if you can get some durabond. That's what the paint shop I took mine to used on both the quarter windows and the side scoops and those suckers aren't going anywhere.
Hmmm ill look into that
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Probably hard to see out of
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Probably hard to see out of

Louvers are. But the reason I went with them is that I don't need much rear side visibility, and they look real good.
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Simple. Clean with alcohol, heat both window and louver. Add super glue if you must.

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Some may flame me for doing this, but I simply bent mine a tiny bit in the middle and it has stayed on like a charm for 10,000 miles. Not even the slightest sign that they are coming loose. I realize that it may take some of the look away from it, but I honestly got fed up with it after three complete reinstalls doing everything that has been mentioned in this thread.
Plus I can always simply bend them back....
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Louvers are. But the reason I went with them is that I don't need much rear side visibility, and they look real good.
These guys are talking about the louvers on the rear window, not the side quarter windows, bud.

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These guys are talking about the louvers on the rear window, not the side quarter windows, bud.
I ordered both sets not too long ago, just waiting delivery. I drove around a few cars with louvers and it wasn't so bad. They are hard to see into , but not out of. It's all because of the perspective. From outside, you are viewing them at a different angle and height than you would from the inside looking through your rear view mirror. A few guys have pictures posted up on american muscle to show the rear view visibility and it is relatively unhindered
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Some may flame me for doing this, but I simply bent mine a tiny bit in the middle and it has stayed on like a charm for 10,000 miles. Not even the slightest sign that they are coming loose. I realize that it may take some of the look away from it, but I honestly got fed up with it after three complete reinstalls doing everything that has been mentioned in this thread.
Plus I can always simply bend them back....
Hey man if it works it works haha
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I have the MRT. Cleaning with alcohol and using adhesion promoter on the brackets is key. I would email the manufacturer for new brackets and start over before trying any other suggestions
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I have the MRT. Cleaning with alcohol and using adhesion promoter on the brackets is key. I would email the manufacturer for new brackets and start over before trying any other suggestions
I bought these used off craigslist for $100 haha
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I bought these used off craigslist for $100 haha

Cool...I would bet an email to the manufacturer will still get you the new hardware. But if not, yeah, 3m tape, adhesive promoter, alcohol and you should be good to go
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Cool...I would bet an email to the manufacturer will still get you the new hardware. But if not, yeah, 3m tape, adhesive promoter, alcohol and you should be good to go
Is the alcohol for the person installing, or to clean the surface?

Just kidding of course; to clean the surface.
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