<VV> glass question

Charles h. Sadek chsadek at comcast.net
Fri Jan 15 14:43:57 EST 2021

Couple of comments. Modern professionals, unless old-car folks, break
windows and apparently do not know how to remove a windshield without
breaking one.  A friend doing metal work on my 67 said he had a professional
window installing buddy. Who broke my windshield..a like-new windshield... I
have talked to a number of younger mechanics, welders, car guys who have
NEVER gone to a friend's or junk yard and removed a windshield... as if it
can't be done..

If using single-strand wire, you want it big enough to not catch in
windshield edge imperfections and supple enough to use as a wire saw.  The
stranded wire as in picture hanging wire seems to work well.  Two people,
handles (dowel, stick, cut off broom stick, etc) on each end of wire acting
as a saw, talcum/baby  powder on weatherstrip added to keep it from sticking
back together as you pass by... flour might work.   One inside, your buddy
outside.  After sawing thru around windshield, the  Outside man to catch
window and Inside man to push with feet.

C Sadek

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Subject: Re: <VV> glass question

You can get piano wire from Home Depot among many other places.  It's
basically just single strand high-tensile steel wire.  The key is not to get
it against the edge of the glass and cause a crack.

There used to be electrically heated knives that seemed to work well, but a
quick look on the internet didn't show any.  (I didn't search all that hard,
but a friend in the local club has one.)

As far as trying to soften the adhesive, you might try the 3M adhesive
remover although that might just take off the surface layer.  Or you can try
something like distilled spirits paint thinner and let it soak for a while.
NOTE THAT I haven't tried either on the edge of laminated glass to see if it
would soak into the lamination layer though.

And of course you could hire a professional glass company to remove it.

Jim Simpson
Group Corvair
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