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Old 10-30-2010, 06:25 PM   #1
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This has been discussed many times, but I thought I would throw some photos into this task

First thing is to take your door panel off, which is described perfectly here: Acuralegendwiki Door Panel Removal

Gather the following: Rubbing alcohol, a tube of Shin Etsu silicone grease, and some Q-tips



Peel away the plastic door cover from the top left and remove the 6.5" speaker from the bottom left to access the forward window channel



Once you have access to the channel, dip the end of Q-tip into your rubbing
alcohol and as best you can, push the Q-tip into the channel and run it up
and down inside the channel. It will take several Q-tips to clean.

It seemed to be pretty easy to get the Q-tip in the groove at the bottom, so
dipped in rubbing alcohol, put it in the channel at the bottom and then slide
it up as far as my hand would reach



then grabbed it from the upper opening and continued to the top.



I did this through numerous Q-tips to make sure I got it really clean.
The next step was to apply the Shin Etsu silicone grease. There was
a lot of discussion about what to use, I chose to use Q-tips and had
pretty good results getting the Shin Etsu inside the channel by pushing
it into the channel and then sliding it up and down as I did with the
rubbing alcohol.



Once done with the forward channel, I replaced the plastic cover on the
front side and then pulled the rear plastic from the door. This side has
much easier access to the channel.



Again, clean with rubbing alcohol and then apply the Shin Etsu



Once done on the inside, lower the window and clean the top/outer
window channels and then apply your Shin Etsu



Here are a couple of the dirty Q-tips



This worked like a charm! My passenger window now keeps at the same
pace as my drivers window. Before, it took twice as long!
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Old 10-30-2010, 06:50 PM   #2
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good wright up, I used 6" wooden Q-TIPS, they won't flex like normal ones and reach the whole channel. I also used a medium tip paint brush it spreads the shin-etsu much better.
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Old 10-30-2010, 07:02 PM   #3
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Where did you get a Shin Etsu? Nice DIY.
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DEFINITELY A nice DIY...Rep'd
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great write-up...Pics are a bighelp
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Simple and to the point.

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Where did you get a Shin Etsu? Nice DIY.
Actually picked it up on eBay for $8!
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Nice writeup! When I did this with my window channels, I removed the glass and removed the channels that are inside the door so I could thoroughly clean them and grease them. Using q-tips probably is easier.

I ordered the Shin-Etsu grease from my local Honda dealer, I think it was $8-10
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To anyone that is wondering, YES, it makes a huge difference (if you don't have the time/willpower/brains to take the door panel off) to only clean the visible area around the window. I did this and the driver side window makes it to the top while the passenger side window is only 2/3 the way there. WOOT!

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I did only the upper portions which doesn't require door panel removal and it made a noticeable difference. Next time I have the door panels off I will do the lower portions of the window channel. Great write up and good pictures, I used q-tips also.
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