How can I remove the decorative glass from Manufactured home?

by Lori
We have a 1995 double wide manufactured home. Can anyone tell me how to change or remove the decorative glass that is inserted in the wall on each side of a arched doorway?

  25 answers
  • V V on Sep 28, 2017

    looks like you'd need to rremove the wood frame and then the glass (being held in by the frame), then replace the glass and put back the frame. Or drywall the hole on each side of the rooms. Or you could put an opaque, thin piece of wood in there instead of the glass and make a shallow decorative shelf on each side. Or drywall one side in one of the rooms and make deeper shelves in the other room.

  • Dennis Paugh Dennis Paugh on Sep 28, 2017

    Take a riciprocating saw cut around the frame of the class. Then frame in the opening and drywall.

  • Macysmom Macysmom on Sep 28, 2017

    That saw causes a lot of vibration and maybe broken glass. Pry the wood off and remove the glass. Finish any of several ways.

  • Ann Cherkas Halstead Ann Cherkas Halstead on Sep 28, 2017

    or after taking the glass out you could just leave it open and put books or something on the shelf

  • Jay Paden Jay Paden on Sep 28, 2017

    If you are just replacing the glass with other glass remove the retaining trim and replace it.............and yes if doing away with the glass remove the trim then cut around the frame then reframe the opening ....drywall texture and paint

  • Kir24597184 Kir24597184 on Sep 28, 2017

    Do not saw it. That will make hole larger than it was, and you would need to do dry wall repair, sand it flat, texture it if it has texture and then paint.

    Here is what you should do: remove the molding on one side of one piece of glass. You should then see how the glass is being held in. Most likely it has a board against it all the way around it. Before you do anything else place painters tape or duct tape on the glass in a big x from top of one side to the bottom of the other side. Do this in each room. This will keep the glass from coming apart should it crack or break.

    Put on some sturdy gloves and place a cardboard box on the floor to contain any glass should it decide to come apart, or for somewhere to put the bottom edge of the glass when it is out. Now with a thin putty knife or a sharp wood chisel gently pry up one of the pieces of wood that is next to the glass. Go slow and do one end and then the other. It should not be hard to remove. Do the same on three of the four sides. Now gently push it from the other side and it should begin coming your way. Take it out. If you plan to put in clear glass, measure the glass that just came out and write it down. Now you can go to a home improvement store or even Ace Hardware to get a new piece of glass.

    If you want something other than glass, maybe put in a strip of thin LED lights up top then replace the board that was holding the glass in or just pull the boards that were holding the glass in, put a solid piece of wood in and replace your moulding. It will be ready for whatever you would like to put in there. Maybe shelves for plants or books, maybe framed photos. if you don't want it at all, pull the boards out, frame the hole and add dry wall or paneling which was used in that year.

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Sep 29, 2017

    Try scraping off the decoration on the glass with a single edged razor blade. From what I've encountered, the design is just painted on the glass on manufactured homes.

  • Sunny Palmisano Sunny Palmisano on Sep 29, 2017

    I would take out that wall and frame out the new opening to make it a more open concept.

  • Donald Vowell Donald Vowell on Sep 29, 2017

    Take the frame off on one-side than you should be able to remove glass .are you wanting to make entrance bigger?

  • Buddy Carla Paisley Buddy Carla Paisley on Sep 29, 2017

    ours has the same design. ONLY we have a faux window (no glass) in our little cubby hole. I put rooster curtains up over them .. now they look like cafe curtains on the kitchen side. The Living Room side has bookshelves that cover them.

  • Jackie Jackie on Sep 29, 2017

    Not really sure why you want to remove the glass. They are beautiful and helps with the space looking light and airy. If you remove it and install a book shelf or something it would make it appear dark in each room.

  • Tan10299676 Tan10299676 on Sep 29, 2017

    cover with small curtains

  • Castrang17 Castrang17 on Sep 30, 2017

    Did you remove the panels? I personally like the openness and light, but that is me. We have the same taste, as I have the herd of running horses and the same Western picture. Also I see Eagles above the door. Just changing the wall color and rearranging your decor, you may like. I do see rod iron in place of the glass panels or wildlife wood cutouts. Remember there was a lot of glass etching in the 1800-Western era.

  • Verna Mae Schlueter Verna Mae Schlueter on Sep 30, 2017

    or you could do what I did... use Chalkboard contact paper and cover it!

  • Sharon Sharon on Sep 30, 2017

    I would also straighten out that entry way, square off a line on the drywall with a level, and then take a drywall saw or your sawzaw. Remove that wooden trim first. Then put new trim on or drywall the part where the wood was.

  • Rebecca Johnson Rebecca Johnson on Sep 30, 2017

    I think they look very nice.

  • LaDonna Arcona LaDonna Arcona on May 13, 2018

    Omg thank you so much for posting this. Know it’s an old post but what did you end up doing? We have 2 in a wall that goes between our living room and kitchen that makes it impossible to decorate around without the house screaming “1995”. Also makes it impossible to add cabinets in the kitchen along that wall :( I want them gone. As soon as you walk in our front door you not only see them but also see the microwave stand behind it

  • LaDonna Arcona LaDonna Arcona on May 13, 2018

    the other side

  • Jim Jim on May 14, 2018



  • Misty Kuhn Misty Kuhn on Nov 01, 2019

    After living with mine for 9 years, I attempted scrapping it off with a razor blade and it worked like a charm. Thanks to the person who suggested that. I should've known. Everything in a trailer is just an illusion.

  • Beth Beth on Apr 23, 2020

    I used a razor blade and it peeled a good bit of it off, but I am still left with this....please help! I’ve tried rubbing alcohol, vinegar, and nail polish remover....none of those work!

    • Lori Larimore Lori Larimore on Aug 02, 2020

      Did you find a solution? I have exactly the same issue and I just tried paint stripper and it did not work. Lori

  • She50675102 She50675102 on Feb 15, 2021

    I just found this solution while looking for a way to remove the decorative design on windows in my Mobile. Hopefully it will help someone in the future since this is an old post. This hack really works to take off the silver mirror strip

    it take a little patience snd elbow grease but it’s the least toxic way to do the job.

    Good luck 🍀

    To remove the silver coating from the back of a mirror after the grey or black paint has been removed, pour Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner that contains BLEACH (green bottle), let set for a few minutes until the liquid cleaner turns darker or bluish then rinse with water.

  • Yea32376930 Yea32376930 on Nov 11, 2023

    Did you ever come up with a solution? I've scrapped and scrapped I've tried everything I can think of to get this off these windows and still haven't gotten anywhere

  • You will need to remove the trim that is holding the glass in place.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 12, 2023

    The glass is just beautiful, I would not remove it, it really is an accent work of art.