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Old 05-03-2011, 01:23 PM
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Reomving windshield from fiberglass top

I installed my windshield and rear window on my fiberglass top w/ 3M window adhesive and I'd need to remove them to paint. This stuff is nasty and has been on for almost a year and I'm not sure how I'm going to get them out. I'm thinking heating it up w/ a heat lamp and sawing away with a putty knife. Any other ideas?

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Urethane or butyl tape (don't know what you used) can be cut with a cut out knife or you can run a piece of piano wire thru it and then "saw" it out. It will likely laugh at a regular old heat gun.

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Brian is correct, the heat will not affect it, in fact the heat will probably damage the fiberglass top before the adhesive lets go. The best bet you have is a piece of flexible piano wire about .030 diameter or so. Insert it through the adhesive so it passes from the outside to the inside then work it back and forth along the periphery of the window.

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use a piece of wire from your wire welder . but wrap it around a piece of wood or you'll remove a finger. or you can pay a fortune for a piano wire.
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Yep MIG wire will do it cheap.

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Or you could order this or this or make something like it.
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The problem w/ the welding wire (which I done before sucessfully) is w/ the fiberglass top, the glass sits in a pocket so to speak so the wire will have to make a 90 degree turn to get it though and I don't think it will work. The cutter that was posted might work, but will need to be super thin. Maybe I'll try to make one.

I had my windshield replaced on my DD last summer and asked the tech what he thought. He said he could PROBABLY get it out w/o cracking it.
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use a piece of wire from your wire welder . but wrap it around a piece of wood or you'll remove a finger. or you can pay a fortune for a piano wire.
awesome info. Unbelievable that I never had a chance to remove a window as a window guy is usually called out. my 65 mustang needs to have it's windows removed and I have the tool posted above, but I suspect a guy put these in himself cause this thing does not want to come out. I'll try the welding wire. I think my welder came with some .030 laying around somewhere, I'll try that.
Thanks for the insight.
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