Is it pretty easy to have an auto glass place remove my windshield and redo the seal?

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  1. 1970dartcustom

    1970dartcustom of the Moore clan

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    I am wanting the seal redone on my windshield, as I have a leak or three, and besides doing the wiper seals and looking at the other places of interest when water ends up on the drivers floor, I was wanting to have the windshield seal redone...

    Is this pretty easy for them to do without destroying the glass? What have you all done with yours?
     
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    v8fish Well-Known Member

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    Depending on the shop they can do it. You will probably need a new gasket depending on condition/age of yours. Just had one done and it was around $100 R&R plus gasket to have them come to me.
     
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    Chances are they won't want to save both the glass and rubber seal while removing.
    I would look over the rubber seal first and if nice save it and replace the glass.
    Old glass has many pits from sand and has lost its sheen. I dont like to reuse windshields as wipers don't work as well on old sand pitted glass. It can be done but not worth the extra effort in my opinion.
    I have done it to save a buck on rare windshields (50s cars) but always regret not going with the new glass. Your eyes will like the better visibility rain or shine.
     
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      /72Scamp Well-Known Member

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      its very easy. I just did my front and rear seals on my valiant. my neighbor owns an autoglass company and helped me along the way to make sure I did it correctly. don't buy any seals other than from steele products they make the best and the fit was perfect. all you need is a special tool to remove the trim and 1 to remove the glass from the seal. after it is all installed we put in a special caulking made for the old style seals to make sure they don't leak anywhere. it took me a few days to complete but it was my first time doing it.
       
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      • Sedanman

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        Make sure they only use Butyl type sealer for gasketed glass. The modern stuff bonds to the glass and seal and you will have to replace the seals if you need glass replaced in the future...Ask me how I know? That was a waste of $300
         
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        • Oaktree

          Oaktree Long time Mopar guy

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          Do they still make the butyl sealer? Last year I had my local body shop replace the windshield in my Dart and neither NAPA or Bond was able to get it. He ended up using silicone. The stuff to avoid is urethane which doesn't come off.
           
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          C.R. Lawrence sells the liquid butyl and the pump can with a needle tip to get it under the rubber gasket.
          Also helps to heat the sealant up before useing.
           
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            daliant Befuddled

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            Are you prepared to repair any rust or rot you might find in the pinch weld area? Most professional glass installers wont install a windshield into a rusty or rotten frame as they can't guarantee it wont leak. If your replacing the seal anyway go ahead and just cut the glass out with a razor knife and save the 100 bucks the glass co is going to charge.
             
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              You really don't need to remove the glass or rubber for just a reseal if you didn't want to replace either.
               
            • RPMagoo

              RPMagoo Just An Old Motorhead

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              I had a new windshield put into My 65 Valiant. The shop Guy used My old gasket, and sealing strip. It took him less than 1/2 hour. Total cost was $300.
               
            • Sedanman

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              They still sell it. I had my glass installed with the other stuff and it cost me $300 for new gaskets because we had to cut the glass out. The gaskets were less than a year old
               
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              We don't realize how worn a 50 year old front glass is. Seems we're trained to look through it and not at it. I did intend to reuse the 67 OEM windshield during my gasket trim upgrade. Grumbled and growled a quite a bit when I cracked it. Turns out that the crack was a good thing. The new glass is sooo pretty and clear.
               
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                I didn't take the time to read the other responses.

                The windshield guys DON'T USE BUTYL RUBBER. Richard Erhenberg (sp?) said this same thing that I have experienced.

                He said to use butyl rubber (the old school sealant) , and to run from anyone that insists on using anything else. It cleans up okay later (I heated it up a hair) and you need to use a bunch sometimes. Best wishes!
                 
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                Many times its not even the seal that is leaking
                 
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