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#1 JohnnyWadd

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 05:14 PM

Done this four times now and only cracked one :)

Step 1 carefully feed the wire through the sealer and try to get under the glass. You don't want to dig into the

glass.

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Feed a 1/4 inch or smaller at a time so it doesn't fold up and kink the wire...now you have this...

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Use a sawing action (having an assistant helps) being careful not to get too close the glass like so...

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I used vise grips. A wooden handle is better because when a vise grips falls out of your hand things break

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Use some lube it helps a lot for cutting and lets that wire slide smooth if it contact the windshield which it will
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45 MINUTES and here it is. Today was 9 degrees this morning and  very cold but I was still able to get it out (a warm day is recommended and far easier)

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New home safe and sound.

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Be carefull with the top and bottom lip and pinch weld area. This is where you want to loop your wire and pull from the
inside along the plane of the windshield...

These corners will try to catch your wire...
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Here I got going to hard and cut into the metal
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Here is the bottom seal surface. Its pretty wide. If you puncture it twice and then get in the car and grab the two ends and pulled up along the plane of the windshield it works best.
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Edited by JohnnyWadd, 22 November 2013 - 08:04 PM.






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Posted 21 November 2013 - 05:27 PM

45 minutes? Slowpoke ;) They make kits for this that are actually quite reasonable... a length of braided wire (the roughness of the wire helps saw thru the sealer), a tool to feed the wire thru the sealer, and wooden handles with tight connections to hold the wires. All for $10-15 shipped. I used to use just standard wire wrapped around 8" sections of a broom handle, but that braided stuff really cuts thru the sealer fast.

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 05:47 PM

Agreed ^^  useful write up , needs to be a faq , good job. :)
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Posted 21 November 2013 - 05:57 PM

View PostBurton, on 21 November 2013 - 05:27 PM, said:

45 minutes? Slowpoke ;) They make kits for this that are actually quite reasonable... a length of braided wire (the roughness of the wire helps saw thru the sealer), a tool to feed the wire thru the sealer, and wooden handles with tight connections to hold the wires. All for $10-15 shipped. I used to use just standard wire wrapped around 8" sections of a broom handle, but that braided stuff really cuts thru the sealer fast.

Good writeup!

Ya I know I am slow but better slow and no bloody knuckles. Last one I did was in the summer we had it cut in maybe ten minutes. Add in the coffee break maybe I pulled it in 38 minutes so there LOL

Used this. Its the braided stuff like you mentioned and has a coating too seems to be slippery.
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Posted 21 November 2013 - 06:16 PM

I may get some of that stuff after the wire I have is gone. It cuts good, but will break 2-3 times per windshield.

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 09:27 PM

a set of guitar strings goes for like $5

warm day is good  but not a 100f  day , soft sealer will reseal it's self almost as  fast as you loosen it :)
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Posted 22 November 2013 - 02:57 AM

View PostShelby, on 21 November 2013 - 09:27 PM, said:

a set of guitar strings goes for like $5

warm day is good  but not a 100f  day , soft sealer will reseal it's self almost as  fast as you loosen it :)

That stuff on the door panel or in the taillight maybe but the windshield glue is not like that. Its more temperature stable. It has to be. Last one I did was in august in Eugene Oregon it was 90 plus that day. That's why it sliced it so
quick too. It doesn't seem to melt back together at all. Its like an inner tune , the rubber is already vulcanized and itjust turns to powder where the saw rope cuts it. Like sawdust but rubber dust LOL.  


View PostBurton, on 21 November 2013 - 06:16 PM, said:

I may get some of that stuff after the wire I have is gone. It cuts good, but will break 2-3 times per windshield.

Yes it definitely does break. Especially on doing a starquest because you are forcing it to grind metal when you pull at
an angle away from the glass.

Edited by JohnnyWadd, 22 November 2013 - 03:05 AM.


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Posted 22 November 2013 - 08:34 AM

I've used guitar strings plenty of times, but only after I've cut as much of the seal as possible with a snap off knife. I've cracked a few with just the strings. Does the actual windshield wire cut better/faster/easier than a guitar string does?

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 03:53 PM

Does the dashboard have to be removed at all? How much more work if its still in place?

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 04:00 PM

View Postvbrad511, on 22 November 2013 - 08:34 AM, said:

I've used guitar strings plenty of times, but only after I've cut as much of the seal as possible with a snap off knife. I've cracked a few with just the strings. Does the actual windshield wire cut better/faster/easier than a guitar string does?

I think this stuff is a little better because its weaker and has a coating. I have seen where its gets to digging in the windshield and I know guitar string is more aggressive.

View Postquestsale, on 22 November 2013 - 03:53 PM, said:

Does the dashboard have to be removed at all? How much more work if its still in place?

Good question. I Think you are just looking at more work with the dash in. The steel lip makes you go at a weird angle on the inner side
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Posted 22 November 2013 - 06:10 PM

If I take my car to a shop to replace the windshield, what will they do? Obviously they are not gonna remove the dash.

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 06:49 PM

View Postquestsale, on 22 November 2013 - 06:10 PM, said:

If I take my car to a shop to replace the windshield, what will they do? Obviously they are not gonna remove the dash.

They have a special knife that is powered by air pressure it oscillates super fast and cuts the seal. And if they are removing an old windshield they don't car about if it might break it.

Questsale, look at some youtube videos and checkout the angles. This is why pulling the dash is not a big deal, on the inside of the car. To clear the lip and pinch weld you are pulling the saw wire a certain way.  

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 09:20 PM

Johnny do you want me to place this in the FAQ if so what part
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Posted 22 November 2013 - 09:40 PM

ive always heard to use guitar string..
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The only reason I'm doing it is basically... cause I can.

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 10:57 AM

piano wire.
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