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Old 12-29-04, 08:23PM   #1
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Question Replacing a windshield

Hello I have a 81 Trans Am, I have the windsheild removed already but....
when I replace the w.s. is there a seal I have to buy or just use calk (if so) what type of caulk and how big of a bead do I need to use? And if a seal
what size? And what's the easiest way to get rid of the remaining seal so it's ready to be painted come this spring.


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Old 12-29-04, 08:54PM   #2
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Hello I have a 81 Trans Am, I have the windsheild removed already but....
when I replace the w.s. is there a seal I have to buy or just use calk (if so) what type of caulk and how big of a bead do I need to use? And if a seal
what size? And what's the easiest way to get rid of the remaining seal so it's ready to be painted come this spring. T.I.A. Robert
The windshield seal is a standard kit used on all windshields, you
local parts store should have one, just asked for one for a 81 Trans Am.
They also sell butyl sealer comes in a tube, you can use a regular
corking gun to apply it with. Don't really need the butyl unless it
leaks after installing the windshield.

The easiest way to get the old seal off is cutting it with a utility
knife, then using a window scraper for the rest. Take some lacquer
thiner to clean up what you can't scrap off, it's messy but does
the job, just make sure it's nice and clean before you apply
the new seal.
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Old 12-29-04, 09:12PM   #3
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You'll go to your local parts store and get what's called a ribbon seal for auto glass replacement. It's a rope of sorts that is made of a black adhesive. It's wrapped in wax paper. You wrap this bead around your glassd or the channel the glass sits in on the car, and put the glass in place. It's easier to put it on the glass in my opinion. Then you just press the glass in place going all around the edges. This stuff is really sticky, and once stuck, it's a mess if you have to redo it. It should be nice and warm when you do this also. At least 60 degrees. Sit the car in the sun after your done, and come back and press around the edges to make sure it's pressed in correctly. That's all there is to it. You don't need a caulk if you do it correctly. You can apply your trim as soon as you're finished too.
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Hey guys Thanks alot!!!! It sounds easy Thanks again
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Stuff is called butle. Make sure you get the right thickness.

Urethane is better, more permanent.
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Hey Play400 would you know what the right thickness is for the front and back?
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