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    Posted: 19 Dec 07 at 12:06
Does anyone know a way to REMOVE bonded windows so I can refit them
without any damage to the glass or the van?

I've fitted a bonded window in the sliding door of our van, but after
struggling with cutting the hole, I couldn't bring myself to make a start on
the drivers side.

So I paid someone to do it. But I'm not happy with the results. The
window I fitted sits flush to the body work, looks nice and factory. The
one they fitted, sits away from the body, you can see the sealant between
the rubber seal and the body work. The 2 skins of the van aren't bonded
together, and when you shut the drivers door, you can hear the window
and panel rattle around

I want to cut it back out, remove all the sealant, clean it all up, dress the
panel up right, bond the 2 skins together and refit the window. Any
suggestions on how to get the window out to start with?

Cheers

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I will see if our screen fitter has any suggestion for you Andy

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Cheers dude.

I've seen a few different tools on the net for sale, but I only need to do 1
window, and don't plan on doing any others.

I'm thinking of just using some wire or something, like either a bike brake
cable, or some stitching wire (same stuff that staples are made of)

Hmmmmm.
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They're cheap enough on eBay Andy just to use once and then forget about...until next time.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-Windscreen-removal-tool-bonded_W0Q QitemZ320197868914QQihZ011QQcategoryZ30917QQssPageNameZWDVWQ QrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

At least these are "one man" jobs whereas using just wire you'll need 2 people.

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Cheers for that Steve.... thats a cracking price.

I'll order one, should make the job a doddle!! Fingers crossed!
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Fingers crossed...or fingers off.
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I'vw taken them out with a retractable knife before.!

you know the ones with the snap of blades.

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g60steve is correct

i used to work for rac autowindscreens and that is commonly know as a "kent tool" and its exactly what you need to cut out the glass.

it might come blunt or sharp but make sure it is razor sharp to cut through the polyuerathane (liquid rubber) bonding which holds the glass to the van.

Its a great bit of kit and its what we use to cut out all bonded windows.

Bananabus is also correct you can use a snap blade knife however they are a bit clumbersome and easy to scratch the side of the van once through the bonding, and they easily cut yourself (i have scars to prove)

Tbh your best off with a kent tool and that price on e bay is good.

also you might want to buy a few more blades as they tend to bend/snap very easily

hope this helps mate



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Cheers orangevanman

I've bought that tool off Ebay, so hopefully that will arrive in time to get the
window sorted over Christmas.

Cheers for your advice guys.
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Its sods law we havent any screens to be done so I cant ask



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them there windows look the mutts nutts andy........




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Noncompusmentis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jan 08 at 13:48
Cheers Rob.

I must say that I'm impressed with my own handy work... not an 'easy' job to
do, but it was a simple job if you know what I mean.

We finally got the white wheels on it now too... and the bed frame is even
nearer to completion now, just gotta weld in some plates to bolt it down
with, cut the bulkhead down to size and weld that into the frame, then send
the whole lot off for powder coating.

It's getting there... slowly!
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