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Setting Glass in Retaining Channel

Looking for any tips and tricks for setting glss in the retaining channels. I did two pieces of glass. One for the side vent glass and one for the rear glass that rolls up and down.

Each time, I used glass setting tape and the fit was very snug. I even had to gently use a rubber mallot to tap the glass into the channel...

But the next day, the setting tape compressed and the glass pulls out of the channel with a firm tug...it that normal and I'm just pulling when I shouldn't be?

The setting tape I have is not rubber based and more like a velour/velcro type feel to it...

Has anybody used rtv? I'm thinking this will provide some adheasion between the channel and glass...

any input appreciated...
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Proper glass bedding tape is usually of a rubber or asphalt base as that aides in holding the glass better than what your using. It is common for the fit to be very tight, often requiring a rubber mallet to seat it properly. Back up the window channel with a piece of soft wood before you start banging on the glass though.

Do not be tempted to use RTV at any cost

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Glass setting tape comes in several thicknesses also, sometimes the thin stuff won't work where the thicker stuff will.
http://www.crlaurence.com/apps/sites...nd+rubber+tape

The cork and rubber and the composition rubber tapes are for setting glass in a channel ,while the fuzzy moleskin stuff you probably got is for glass run channels. The right stuff is called "setting tape" or "channel packing" tape

There are epoxies suitable for setting glass in lower channels that work really well, and I've also used urethane windshield adhesive with some good luck on the aluminum channels like you find in fords of that era.

Check your local bodyshop supply or auto glass place to get some.

Silicone RTV does not work.

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Thanks guys...I'll stay away from the RTV and get the right cork/rubber setting tape...

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setting glass

I have installed a lot of glass in older cars , the trick is to dip your glass tape in stoddard solvent. This makes it very slick and you can push the glass into the channel. After it sits and dries out the glass tape will stick to the metal and glass both.
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Since I deliver the stuff, I now know where to easily ask about- and possibly buy the stuff.

You could always call the guys that deal with this stuff every day.

Any Mygrant Glass, PPG Auto Glass, Pilkington, or Safelite glass distributor can help you, and should have exactly what you need.
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That stodard solvent is a neat trick...thanks again...Is that something I can find at a hardware store? I've been talking with the guy I bought my glass from and he'll provide me the tape and some new bottom channel...i'll ask about the solvent too....can I just use mineral spiritis?

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Make sure the solvent you use does not degrade the rubber in the tape. Personally I never used anything to ease the glass into the tape because I could not wait until the solvent dried to return the vehicle to the customer.

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I'm gonna try some soapy water to slick up the rubber so it slides in better...
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