General appeal - need to do a windscreen

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General appeal - need to do a windscreen

Post by DLM » Sun Jul 02, 2006 9:08 am

Anyone who can offer useful and practical help/advice on this topic please PM me.
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Post by jeremy » Sun Jul 02, 2006 9:40 am

This any help? - Nice concise description from Anders at the end.

http://www.frenchcarforum.co.uk/forum/v ... php?t=3982

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Post by Brian » Sun Jul 02, 2006 9:10 pm

Hi.

PM sent Hopefully...

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Post by tim leech » Sun Jul 02, 2006 9:22 pm

Take it to autoglass and give um £50?

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Post by DLM » Sun Jul 02, 2006 9:33 pm

Autoglass? £50?
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Post by Mr B » Mon Jul 03, 2006 6:10 am

DLM wrote:Autoglass? £50?
Thats how much mine cost on the car insurance.My policy is unlimited glass replacement for the cost of the excess.
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Post by M » Mon Jul 03, 2006 9:54 am

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DLM wrote:Autoglass? £50?
Thats how much mine cost on the car insurance.My policy is unlimited glass replacement for the cost of the excess.
But only if you are Fully Comp - my TPF&S policy does not cover glass, making the cost of replacing a windscreen prohibitive if I was to pay one of the autoglass type outfits.

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Post by cavmad » Mon Jul 03, 2006 9:56 am

It`s a shame you live so far away from here DLM. I`ve not tried replacing a screen before but willingly lend a hand if wanted.
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Post by DLM » Mon Jul 03, 2006 5:56 pm

As you may have guessed, my policy is Third-party fire and Theft, like Marty's.
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Post by Mr B » Mon Jul 03, 2006 7:01 pm

Bugger.

I watched Mr Autoglass do mine. The outer rubber trim just peels off, it does not act as a seal. He then used a stepped blade to cut the sealant between the screen and body around the side and the top as BX screens are bonded to the body. He then used a long Stanley knife blade to cut the bottom sealant and the sreen lifted out. Simple :shock: I would imagine the hardest part is buying the sealant to refit.
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Post by Kitch » Mon Jul 03, 2006 7:05 pm

Its pretty easy to do, I watched em do it. Some decent sealant, some suction cups and some cheese wire is all it took.

But I don't think its much more than £50 to go direct to a fitters. I paid about £85 for an AX one, and he said BX tinted's were a similar price.

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Post by cauchoiskev » Mon Oct 02, 2006 7:25 pm

Did this myself this weekend. If anybody is interested, let me know and I will do a write-up.

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Post by DavidRutherford » Mon Oct 02, 2006 7:50 pm

I've sucessfully removed a bonded windscreen before now using both the "hot knife" technique and the bit-of-1mm-copper-cable-and-a-12v-battery hot-cheese-wire technique. The hot-wire method was definitely easier, as once the wire gets hot (150°C ish) then it just glides through the sealant.

Getting hold of some new goop wasn't too hard either as it comes in skeleton-gun-tubes for about £8 a pop. You do also need some catalyst stuff that you wipe onto the clean surfaces of the metal and glass that allows the bonding goop to work properly.

But it was an awful lot easier to watch a man from RAC windscreens do the last one for me for £50. (and given that a top-shade 405 windscreen is over £200, a damn sight cheaper too!)
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Post by BX Bandit » Mon Oct 02, 2006 9:11 pm

Had mine done by a local chap - about £85 all in. No mess or hassle, even takes the old one away and its been ok for 2 years + now. Also came with a 12 month leak warranty so peace of mind.....
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Post by sleepy0905 » Mon Oct 02, 2006 10:08 pm

Just be carefull with the long knife method, the autoglass guy who did mine in december last year told me that autoglass no longer use the long knife method on the bx as the wiring loom behind the dash can easily be cut with the long knife blade when you cut the glue on the bottom. so just be carefull :shock:
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