<VV> glass question

FrankDuVal corvairduval at cox.net
Thu Jan 14 22:11:08 EST 2021

I've been able to break windshields with wire and the special tools! Be 
careful. Apply NO pressure to the glass. As George says, the tool must 
be 90 degrees to the glass, or the knife blade under the glass will rise 
up on an edge and break the glass.

I have ground the knives to a razor blade thickness (yes, they can break 
easy being thin) to slip through tough windshield bedding easier.

If you use the wire, a wooden dowel makes a good handle. With Harry's 
idea, you just need to add a handle to one end.

Frank DuVal

On 1/14/2021 3:03 PM, George Jones via VirtualVairs wrote:
> I've used both and like the glass removal tool. Dig out as much of the old
> mastic as possible by scoring with a box cutter down to the metal. Pry it
> out CAREFULLY with a small screwdriver. Insert the tool blade under the
> glass and spray the mastic with WD-40 to loosen it up a bit.  Proceed
> slowly and carefully around the glass paying particular attention to the
> angle of the tool. Keep the handle perpendicular to the glass. Wear gloves,
> it's messy with the WD-40.
> George Jones
> On Thu, Jan 14, 2021, 2:34 PM John Beck via VirtualVairs <
> virtualvairs at corvair.org> wrote:
>> I've had mixed results with piano wire.  If your not careful / lucky it
>> can score the edge of the glass and become a crack.  You can buy it in 3
>> foot lengths at the hardware store or, if you know any guitar players
>> just ask them for a few broken E strings.  --J.B.
>> Randy (Cap'n) Hook via VirtualVairs wrote:
>>> I have a question.  What, exactly, would be the best way to remove a
>> windshield and back window from a '65 4-door?  Numerous people have said to
>> "use a piece of 'piano wire' ", but no one who suggested it had ever done
>> it that way.  So, where does one GET a piece of 'piano wire'? A friend
>> mentioned a tool Napa sells to accomplish this task.  I got one.  It works,
>> sort of.  The problem is that the black goop they glue the windows in with
>> has pertified and is as hard as concrete.  A friend gave me a very small
>> piece of braided wire.  This worked for about 5 inches, then frayed and
>> broke.  These glass items are tinted glass and I really don't want to break
>> them, as that would ruin the complete set.   Anyhow, I was
>> wondering.........are there any chemicals I could soak the black goop with
>> to make it softer and easier to cut through?  I thought about trying to
>> lace it with a little gasoline, but don't want to hurt the tinted glass.
>> All thoughts and opinions welcome.  I need help with thi
>>>    s one.

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