Garage Door Window Kit

THESE WINDOWS ARE THICK PLEXIGLASS THAT IS GUARANTEED TO BE UNBREAKABLE!
If you buy a kit and one is broken by any rock or baseball you will get a replacement shipped to you at NO COST to you.
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Kurt Shafer here, the inventor of this kit. I spent a lot of time looking into materials and sources and ways to cut the garage door openings. Here is what you will find that will make my kit easy to use.

  1. I am now selling thick plexiglass – 1/4 in with an option to get 3/8 inch. I can GUARANTEE they cannot be broken.
  2. I found a sheet metal cutter for you that works with any electric drill.
  3. I include rivet nuts that you install in the door.
  4. I have info on tools for rivet nuts that are very inexpensive and very easy to use.
  5. I have added instructions for you to understand how to use the tools.

So the total cost of tools is under $30 and the installation is very simple.

WHAT IS IN THE KIT

THICK PLEXIGLASS

First are the windows themselves. You get thick 1/4 inch plexiglass – did you know that is what is used on golf carts? Cut to 12 inches high and 16 inches wide – 4 of them fit on half of my 2 car garage door. 8 fit across the entire door.

NOTE YOU PAINT THE FRAME AROUND THE EDGE

The windows are perfect for painting the frame look around the edges. I use the protective plastic sheet that comes with the window and I cut 1 inch of the sheet off the edge so the rest of the sheet is a paint template. Then I paint the edge of the plexiglass and peel the plastic sheet off when it is dry. The result is a perfect frame look.

RIVET NUTS

These are incredibly useful because they attach the nut to your garage door so you don’t need another person inside the garage to hold a nut in place.

Here is one example of installing a rivet nut. First you see a “mandrel” – the threaded metal rod that threads into the nut.

Here it is being squeezed into the thin door metal.

Below you can see an example of a tool.

8-32 PHILIPS HEAD SCREWS

The rivet nuts and screws are all threaded to #8-32 which means they are .164 inch in diameter with 32 threads per inch. These are easy to get anywhere. If you have a singlesided door it is thin so the 3/4 inch long screws you get will be perfect. If you have a 2 sided door with foam insulation inside, you will want to get screws long enough to go through the thicker door. Below is a diagram of the installation in a thick door. You have the choice to cut a wooden spacer so that you can tighten the screws and not crush the foam in your door or you can put a thread locking fluid in the rivet nut to hold the screw in perfect tension without coming out.

Installation guide for cutting door

The door is cut using a “nibbler” that is driven by any electric drill you might have.