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Old 02-18-2005, 08:50 AM
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Glass removal

I have an 84 S-10 that I am stripping out..I would like to remove the glass. it seems to be the glue in deal on these P/U's

How can I do that and not have a big mess..there has to be a way..?? I would prefer to not have a bunch of broken glass to clean up..


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You will need a windshield removal knife. and/or piano wire. It helps to have a warm environment also. The trick is to find a spot that you can push thru the sealant. Then insert the wire or knife and cut the old sealant without touching/damaging the glass. Tricky at best for the inexperienced.
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yeah and for a ******* like me it was next to impossible. i tried the piano wire trick. that sucked. it would take a whole day to get thru that sheite! good thing my windshield was broke already it got alot more broke breaking and pealing and breaking and pealing. i, because of this experience, would never ever use it over butyl tape on a front windshield that is always being replaced around here cause of the rock and loggin trucks. rear only. this stuff is THE WORST!!! i dont know how the pros do it. i really don't.
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The urethane used to hold those windshields in is extremely strong. The glass is actually used as part of the vehicle structure as far as strength is concerned. The professionals usually use a special air powered glass knife to remove them without breaking them. It is not unusual here for them to damage paint and such around the glass when removing them. If the glass is broken, they will often just use a special manual glass knife. The knife has a handle to hold and another handle to pull on. It will take alot of force to get thru that stuff.

If the proper product and proceedures are not used in installing the glass, it can come out on impact.
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Old 02-19-2005, 08:54 PM
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had a civic in the shop over the fall and removed all the glass. used the wire method. of course it was a special tool from snap on i believe. kit has piano wire, handles and a special insertion tool to get the wire through the urethane. had one guy in the car with one end and one guy on the outside with the other. we had front and back windshied and 2 rear triangles out in 1/2 hour. it really worked much easier than expected but definately a 2 man job.
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Old 02-19-2005, 11:00 PM
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That newer adhesive they use to hold in the glass is really strong. I am pulling a ranger windshield right now and broke three bass strings. I will have to find some stronger wire. I know there is a small blade and handle you can get which is supposed to work great. I also heard someone say to use a heat gun to soften up the adhesive. I don't know if this would be good for the windshield but i can"t see it hurting side glass
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