Re: [DML] Re: How To Replace Driver Door Window
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Re: [DML] Re: How To Replace Driver Door Window


When I got my second D the windshield was cracked and I had to replace it. I 
tried some professional shops but they all refused and I ended up doing it 
myself. Well, a friend helped me position the glass as this is a two person 
job. Anyway, I got the adhesive from Advance Auto Parts. They sell it and it 
is the same stuff that professionals use. As a matter of fact all auto parts 
stores should have it. There is nothing special about it. It is a urethane 
glass adhesive. Make sure to also get a solvent / cleaner and a primer. They 
also have those nice special "furry balls" that you use to apply the solvent 
and primer.
When ready to install the glass you first clean it thoroughly with Windex. 
Then use the special solvent to clean the area where the adhesive will be 
applied - about an inch wide strip all the way around the glass. Then you 
apply the primer. It looks like a black paint. This is the black stuff you 
see covering the edge of the glass. It might be a good idea to use masking 
tape to get a nice straight edge. When the primer dries (takes just a few 
minutes) you can apply the adhesive. You need to first warm the tube so it's 
hot to the touch. Hot water and a kitchen sink is the best way to do it. To 
get the urethane glue from the tube you can use a regular glue gun you get 
at the home improvement store. Silicone glue is sold in tubes of the exact 
same size. You will need to run a continues even bead all along the edge of 
the glass. Then, roll the window down, put your new section in and hold it 
in place with strips of masking tape. Run the masking tape on the outside of 
the car. Apply strips all the way around. Do not run the tape along the edge 
of the glass. Just run the strips from the stainless onto the glass. Then 
close the door and roll the window up - it will prop the new section and 
help to position it in place. Make sure the new section is correctly 
positioned. Do not touch this door for 24 hours. After that you can remove 
the masking tape and use the door.
It's not as hard as you might think. Just need to be careful and use common 
sense. Urethane is very messy so be careful not to get it everywhere and use 
rubber gloves. Before the glue dries it can be wiped with paper towels. It's 
a different story after it dries. It comes off of glass quite nicely with a 
razor though.
I've replaced many windshields on all kinds of cars since and never had a 
problem. It can be done.

Go to Advance Auto Parts and ask for part number 08609
3M Window-Weld Super Fast Urethane - Black 10.5 fl. oz., price $24.99

I can't find the solvent and primer on their web site but they will find it 
for you when you ask for it.

Good luck

Greetings from Poland!
Tom Niemczewski
Vin 6149 plus 2418, 3633, 5030, 16473, 17086
Google earth: 52°25'17.66"N, 21° 1'58.40"E

From: "daveswingle2" <swingle_dmc@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2013 1:29 AM
To: <dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [DML] Re: How To Replace Driver Door Window

> There is a lot more to it. Not all cars have the metal clips, and it's a 
> much more difficult job without them. Once the glass is glued in you need 
> to close the door ASAP. If you glue the glass in and then let it set up 
> with the door hanging open, it will conform to the wrong shape and will 
> never close correctly again.
> You get the glue from the glass guys who won't do the work. You need real 
> professional grade glass adhesive, you generally will not be able to buy 
> it at an auto parts store. Keep looking, call an exotic car dealer and 
> finds out who does their glass.
> It's a horrible job and lots can go wrong. Getting that rubber in place is 
> tricky. The glue is disastrously messy and if you get it on your skin it's 
> there for days. You really want a glass guy do to it.
> Dave S
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Welmoed"  wrote:
>> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "daviddelorean"  wrote:
>> >
>> > My driver door window got smashed out (just the larger window not the 
>> > smaller one that moves). The glass is gone except for what's left 
>> > around the perimeter stuck to the door. I've taken the car to 3 auto 
>> > glass places who have refused to touch it.
>> >
>> > I have a new window. I'd really hate to go all the way to CA to have 
>> > the window replaced.
>> >
>> > Can anyone let me know how to install the new glass? Should I replace 
>> > the rubber molding the glass is stuck to? Where can I get the adhesive?
>> >
>> The rubber is 30+ years old, why not install a fresh one, making sure 
>> your work will not be in vain?
>> There are little clamps in the door to hold the glass.
>> Let them guide you in how the glass ought to be installed.
>> Make sure the glass is not pushing the tollboot window frame backwards, 
>> otherwise your tollboot windows will not close properly.
>> (The front of the main glass should be as far to the front and up as 
>> possible, I'm told).
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