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Old November 10th, 2012, 07:53 PM
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Taking Glass out of Windshield

Hi everyone. I have a new take off windshield for my restoration but it is not the right color. I need to take the glass out so I can paint the frame. I have researched and found a whole lot of topics on how to refit the glass with the string method. Anyone know how to properly TAKE OUT the glass without breaking it? I have read that we can cut the seal to remove it but I would like to try and save the seal since it is new. Thanks in advance.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 08:02 PM
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If you tape it up real good, it's paintable. Much easier off the vehicle!
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Hi everyone. I have a new take off windshield for my restoration but it is not the right color. I need to take the glass out so I can paint the frame. I have researched and found a whole lot of topics on how to refit the glass with the string method. Anyone know how to properly TAKE OUT the glass without breaking it? I have read that we can cut the seal to remove it but I would like to try and save the seal since it is new. Thanks in advance.
Call up a local glass repair place and ask them how much to remove the window for you without cutting/damaging the seal.
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Old November 11th, 2012, 08:17 AM
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Most windshield shops will want to cut the seal and still will not guarantee that the glass will not beak. If you are careful and take your time in taping the rubber you can paint with the windshield in. Most body shops would just tape and paint.
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Old November 11th, 2012, 08:37 AM
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If you tape it up real good, it's paintable. Much easier off the vehicle!
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Call up a local glass repair place and ask them how much to remove the window for you without cutting/damaging the seal.
Thanks for all the obvious suggestions I have already considered those options. I would rather not tape if I can avoid it and since I have done everything on this truck myself for the last 3 years, I would like to do this myself too.
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It can be done but chances are you will break it and the seal is cheap compared to the glass

Just cut the seal
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It can be done but chances are you will break it and the seal is cheap compared to the glass

Just cut the seal
I am leaning this way Dave. Just thought maybe someone knew a trick to do it.
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Ok then use tape between the frame and glass carefully cut the seal and allow the glass to drop out enough to separate the two
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Your preference for genuine v. pattern parts may sway your decision. The old seal on mine was perished. Pattern seals (e.g. Britpart, all makes...) were ~$15-20 while genuine ~$100. Stephen had a NTO windshield, glass, seal and frame for just a bit more. I ended up masking around the seal and painting the frame. Due to reports of poorly fitting pattern windshield seals I wanted a genuine seal.

Edit: a genuine seal on a LR, ha!
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Your preference for genuine v. pattern parts may sway your decision. The old seal on mine was perished. Pattern seals (e.g. Britpart, all makes...) were ~$15-20 while genuine ~$100. Stephen had a NTO windshield, glass, seal and frame for just a bit more. I ended up masking around the seal and painting the frame. Due to reports of poorly fitting pattern windshield seals I wanted a genuine seal.

Edit: a genuine seal on a LR, ha!
Thanks Paul. Thoughtful insight as always. I bought the windshield from Stephen. It didn't make any sense to spend $150 to replace the cracked glass on my old windshield when I can get a new complete windshield for not much more. This is why I want to save the seal, because it is genuine.
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i would have thought a new pattern seal would be better than a genuine seal refitted ... you are likely to cause some damage taking it out no matter how careful you are.
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If the pattern seal is crap, then it is crap regardless of what might happen with refitting a genuine seal. Hence my decision to mask.
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I have a pattern seal and it's perfectly fine.
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I have a pattern seal and it's perfectly fine.
Ok, so who made it? A good alternative to genuine would be welcomed.
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Do what the body shops do....push string under the seal, that will raise the lip of the seal off the frame....mask off the seal and paint. The paint will go under the seal, and you won't be able to tell that it wasn't removed.
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Ok, so who made it? A good alternative to genuine would be welcomed.
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Do what the body shops do....push string under the seal, that will raise the lip of the seal off the frame....mask off the seal and paint. The paint will go under the seal, and you won't be able to tell that it wasn't removed.
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