VWD Slider Series Van Windows Mercedes Metris Van 2015-2023
|DTVT008-INT||Passenger Side Sliding door|
|DTVT010-INT||Passenger Side Rear Quarter 135" WB|
|DTVT012-INT||Passenger Side Rear Quarter 126" WB|
|DTVT007-INT||Driver Side Sliding Door|
|DTVT007-INT||Driver Side Forward (3mm Shorter Length then OEM Solid)|
|DTVT009-INT||Driver Side Rear Quarter 135" WB|
|DTVT011-INT||Driver Side Rear Quarter 126" WB|
VWD Van Half-Slider Windows; These sliding windows are designed with top-grade components and have been produced to present an elegant, sleek appearance for your van. We utilize a minimalistic approach to the design process avoiding large bulky handles, un-sightly hardware, or excessive framing.
GLASS - VWD Branded windows utilize Pure Grey Solar Privacy Glass while Solar Privacy Glass is the standard for Van Rear Windows color or tint level of the glass will be on par with the 3rd party brands, we carry as well as OEM windows. The difference comes with the modern pure grey technology of the glass. Pure Grey Solar Privacy glass offers a more realistic vision through the glass from the interior of the van which gives a more elegant stylish and fresh look to the glass over your standard green base solar privacy glass. With a better look through the glass, you still get excellent thermal performance with a 15% UV filter rating.
SLIDER - The sliding portion of the VWD window has been oriented to provide the best ventilation value to the van. Most feature openings on the front side while a few will have the opening on the rear portion of the window. Our sliders have been manufactured with a tight seal for excellent weather resistance even in storm conditions. (If the window you receive you feel is too tight, working the window open and closed or adding a silicone spray can alleviate the tightness quickly) The glass sliding panel has a low-profile aluminum trim handle on the backside of the glass for opening and closing while maintaining a sleek design for improved aesthetics and easy operation.
SCREEN - The screen for the VWD Sliding Window independently slides open and closed from the glass slider, easily allowing for screened or un-screened opening in just a few seconds with a simple slide of the screen. The screen features a black acrylic frame for added durability if knocked into by gear, children, animals, etc. Staying in the theme of durability and longevity we use aluminum screen mesh exclusively in our sliders we find that while not impervious the aluminum mesh offers higher resistance to fabric mesh regarding tears and fraying. Lastly, one common industry issue is noisy screens we have addressed this issue by lining out the channel holding the screen with rubber keeping the screen tight and quiet while driving.
SECURITY – While van windows may not be a would-be thieves' go-to entry point for a Van. The security of the window cannot be overlooked. While many sliders that feature both sliding windows, as well as sliding screens, have adopted a simplistic low center hinge latch, we have found vulnerabilities in other types of designs during rougher driving conditions or high vibrations. This would allow for the window to be able to be slid open from the outside often without the knowledge of the van owner. We took the simple latch design and altered the form to allow the latch to go all the way down to the tracks of the window securing the screen and glass and ensuring that there will be no false openings of the latch.
What's needed to Install?
This window is installed with Urethane Adhesive, you will need a primer base and we recommend edge molding for the cut edge.
- Automotive Urethane Adhesive
- TrimLok Edge Molding
- Securing Tape
How will I install this window?
The Mercedes-Benz Metris Van Windows utilize the factory metal stamping, on the interior of the van you will notice an area where the inner metal ends. Here is a photo to clarify. You will cut right along with that edge all the way around your van may have multiple uprights you will cut those out straight with your opening.
REPLACING AN EXISTING OEM WINDOW:
When replacing an existing factory window, you may want to contact us or provide photos inside and out. Not all replacements will be straightforward and can require extra commendation and custom adaptation to use an existing factory or add-on item(s). Van Windows Direct and the manufacturers we distribute take no responsibility for additional work or an installer's inability to complete the work required. Please ask all questions and provide all information before purchase, as the buyer is 100% responsible for the installation or failure to install.
If you are replacing an existing factory window that urethane bonded, you may want to take it to a professional for removal and replacement. If doing it on your own best tool to use is a wire cutter Equalizer Window Cut-Out Set. Once the window is cut out you will need to cut the original urethane down as flat as possible and clean as much away as you can we offer CRL Adhesive Cleaner. Other products that can help clean up the existing urethane will be (Acetone, Goo-Gone, and WD-40). After using any cleaning product be sure to clean the wall with soap and water or rubbing alcohol we also offer PWR22 Cleaner prior to applying the new primer and urethane. (Skip to below for window urethane bonding).
ADDING WINDOW TO A VAN WITHOUT WINDOWS:
If you have the following tools cutting can be done on the inside with no template or mirroring of the interior stamping to the outside. (Body Saw, Air Saw, One-Handed Reciprocating Saw)
Drill a hole with a bit large enough to accommodate the blade of your cutting tool. Drill within the single sheet metal section that will be cut out then work your blade down to the OEM stamp line. Follow the stamp line all the way around the section to produce your window cut hole. (Any interior supports in the window sections can be cut out as they are unnecessary).
**TIP - Cut sides and bottom first leaving the top cut for last so the sheet metal does not start bending while cutting.
Once your hole has been cut, file any rough edges or high points to smooth the cut line. While most will trim and not see the raw edge the smoother and straighter the cut the better the trim will appear when it is time to place it. Once happy with the cutout and filed down smooth, you may want to prime the raw edge of metal prior to installing edge molding. While this is not a necessary step it's easy and offers additional peace of mind.
If you will be using the edge molding now will be the time to install it. Window Edge Molding is not necessary for the installation of the window it will be used to offer a better appearance on the interior of the van by covering the raw cut edge. If your interior walls will be covering the cut edge then no reason to trim something that will be hidden. When ordering trim, it is sold from a bulk roll by the foot and there is a drop-down box for proper sizing for your van. Most vans will cover both inner and outer sheet metal edges with the trim. The trim on the outside will not affect the installation of the window as the urethane bead will be taller than the thickness of the trim.
**TIP- There is often an adhesive foam material that is injected between the two sheet metals from the factory. If you are having a tough time getting the trim to cap both sheet metal edges cut the foam away from the cut edge till you can squeeze the metals together and cap with trim molding.
**TIP - Dry fitting window prior to urethane bonding can help familiarize yourself with placement. Also, you can place securing tape/masking/painters’ tape in corners and side middle on to glass then onto body cut tape leaving on both window and van body as added line-up markers for easier placement.
URETHANE BONDING OF WINDOW:
Using a urethane primer apply to the outside of the body you want to apply close to the opening but allow a 1/2" gap when possible that way when the urethane is applied and spreads less likely to have urethane seeping out from the glass edge on the outside of the van. Only one line of primer is needed and only on the Van wall. Multiple lines and or Primer on the glass are unnecessary and ultimately just a waste of product. After you have painted your primer line around your cut hole allow the primer to dry for about 10 minutes.
When using Automotive Urethane, a regular everyday caulking gun will not work. We recommend no less than a 12:1 Thrust Ratio (Commercial/Professional Grade) or above. We offer a 26:1 Ratio Gun in our Parts & Accessories Section.
If you order the urethane from us the tip will have an embossed cutline on the tip showing a cut across the tip as well as a v-notch this will be where you will want to cut the tip for your perfect sized urethane bead. When applying the urethane to the van the V will trail your application patch, so you end up with a pyramid-looking bead.
We recommend starting a few inches down from the top rear corner of the window that way you can avoid having a joint from one tube to the next on the top or front of the window. If it happens it is not going to be a catastrophe just if it can be done where the top and front are one continuous bead that reduces the risk of a leak. With larger window (Most side OEM fit window) will require a second tube of urethane when one bead end starts the next about a 1/2" into the already applied bead (smooth together with a plastic putty knife/wood stick, flat screwdriver, etc...) Spraying a liberal amount of glass cleaner onto the tool will help keep the urethane from sticking to the tool and clumping.
**TIP - When applying urethane bead consistency is key to a great install thicker and thinner spots can lead to leakage.
INSTALLING WINDOW TO URETHANE:
Having two people for window placement is always nice one holds the front bottom corner the other the rear bottom corner. OEM fit windows will have about a 1/4" gap from body line to glass get the bottom edge lined up holding glass back away from the wall on top at a slight angle / once you have your gap lined up at the bottom and your front and rear edges are lined up where you want tilt window up and press into urethane you do not need to push too hard as the urethane has very strong adhesion and will grab on to window quickly. Keep a hand pressing on the window to keep position if all is good, open your hand and smack the glass down following the patch of your urethane bead. The goal of modern vans with insert areas for windows will be to get the glass even with the outer body of Van the body above and below the window section so it is a fluid transition from sheet metal to glass to sheet metal again.
Once the window is in the desired location using Window securing tape, tape each corner with 3-4 strips to keep the glass in place. If you plan on driving a van within the first 24hrs you can also tape the edge all around to keep the urethane beads clean from contaminants while traveling.
3-Hours of set time prior to driving (Keep all windows closed and A/C using recirculate during the first 24hrs)
3 Days minimum before washing vehicle (Some car wash soaps have alcohol that can deteriorate some of the urethane seals)
Standard Shipping times 1-2 Week Lead Time , with a 1-5 Day Travel Time. (Subject to change due to supply chain issues)