Windshield replacement

Started by Petrus, January 12, 2023, 22:54

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Petrus

Looking to fit an acrylic window but am a bit miffed by the way the windshield is fitted.
Anyone taken it out? or watched it done??


shnazzle

Many many years ago when I first got the sable I watched the windshield be replaced by a CarGlass guy at my work and it took him about 20 minutes. From what I remember he took the mirror off, basically just ran a knife around the edge, pulled the glass out, cleaned the old clue off with this special scoop scraper, plopped the new glass in, added sealant at a very pace and clipped the new mirror in.

As far as I know it's still in there about 8 years later so he must have done well :) 
...neutiquam erro.

MrChris

Quote from: shnazzle on January 12, 2023, 22:59Many many years ago when I first got the sable I watched the windshield be replaced by a CarGlass guy at my work and it took him about 20 minutes. From what I remember he took the mirror off, basically just ran a knife around the edge, pulled the glass out, cleaned the old clue off with this special scoop scraper, plopped the new glass in, added sealant at a very pace and clipped the new mirror in.

As far as I know it's still in there about 8 years later so he must have done well :)

Still there!

Petrus

#3
Thanks for the feedback.

The Toyota instructions (with thanks to @Ardent ) are rather more complicated. Involving what they call a ´dam´ in various pieces and fitting ´stoppers´ all topped off by the outer moulding embedded in the adhesive.

Per example:

´3. INSTALL NEW NO. 1 STOPPERS
Attach new stoppers to the glass so that the ceramic notches
on the glass will align with the stoppers as shown in the illustration.
HINT:
Make sure that the stoppers are installed facing the correct
direction.
4. INSTALL NEW DAMS
Install new dams with double–stick tape as shown in the illustration.´


and

´(d) Install a new windshield moulding to the windshield glass
before the adhesive agent hardens.
Install the moulding, aligning the center of moulding with the
center of the body.
(e) Remove any excessive adhesive agent before it hardens.
(f) Hold the glass and moulding in place securely with a protective tape or equivalent until the adhesive hardens.¨


I think I best contact the mobile fitting service about it befóre I have the plastic pane made: looks like I will need to cut the top bit of the moulding off for plexiglass guys to even séé the outer edge  ::)

I suspéct that the after market service simply cuts the moulding and goos the windo in place without it.
Can you have a look and/or provide a photo of thos detail @MrChris ?
If so I can DIY it. If the Toyota fitting kit is to be used, I will need to use the pros.

threepot

I've taken quite a few windscreens / auto glazing out DIY. I use old violin strings that I get given. Sure some guitar or banjo strings would do, or some thin 1mm metal wire rope.

Poke the metal string though the glue somewhere thats easy with a spike - top corners are game. Wrap a bit of broom handle to each end like a T bar.

Push/pull like a cheese string and it cuts though the rubberised polyurethane glue pretty effortlessly. Two people makes it super easy. Keep the wire tight and away from the paintwork, it's really obvious when you have a go.

I copied this trick from a glazing guy who put a screen in a customers car for me after a big rock hit it on a test drive ( I didn't make any money on that job  :)) ). Since then I've cut quite a few bits of glass out and the fear is all gone, no breakages yet!!

Gluing them in takes 2 pairs of hands to drop them onto the glue.... as above, cut all the glue away... get a really good bead of glue laid down, you cut a V shape in the side of the nozzle  ;)
Then use a few wedges to put it down on, then slip the wedges out till the height it right. Leave it 30 mins for the sikaflex/tigerseal to firm up a bit then get the edging strips back in.

Petrus

Thanks for the explication.

You mention getting the edging strips back in. How do you get them out? The MR2 one seems properly embedded in the goo.

Had planned to drop by the window guys at the industrial estate but overslept rather long  O:-) 
Was woken by a very worried charming company at the bed side. The horses had apparently been calling for me quite loudly and insistenly. Has not happened in 20 years that they have had to wait for me...
So, that was the day´s planning gone  :o