Windshield Sealant

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GeorgeG
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Windshield Sealant

Post by GeorgeG » Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:22 pm

Anyone have an easy method for removing the old sealant around the outer edge of the windshield? I have the windshield out and need to replace it. Want to clean it up before I do that.

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Re: Windshield Sealant

Post by 55Greg&Amy » Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:45 pm

On my 55 I used a heat gun to gently warm it then used a plastic putty knife to scrape it off. Don’t get it too hot or it gets gummy and you can also blister the paint. Finished up with WD-40 and a rag to clean up the residue. Laquer thinner or paint thinner would probably work faster but I didn’t want to damage the paint.
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Re: Windshield Sealant

Post by GeorgeG » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:43 pm

Good idea! Thanks Greg. All the gunk is on the windshield itself so I don't have to worry about the paint. I'm not even sure what all the stuff is. Probably not only sealant residue but weatherstrip droppings.
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Re: Windshield Sealant

Post by 55Greg&Amy » Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:25 pm

If you’re reusing the windshield, don’t appy too much heat to one area or you WILL break the glass. Been there done that when I used to install car phones eons ago.
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Re: Windshield Sealant

Post by GeorgeG » Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:42 pm

Thanks again for the advice. I'm just trying to save some money, and maintaining authenticity, by reusing the original windshield. If somehow I mess up, or the original piece has too many scratches/chips/etc, I'll bite the bullet and get a new one.

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Re: Windshield Sealant

Post by Joe Johnston » Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:02 pm

If just cleaning the glass try a razor blade scraper or a single edge razor blade in a vice grips. Wash with lacquer thinner and again with alcohol.
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