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    Does anyone know a good method of removing bonded windscreens (ie from a R25) without breaking the glass?

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    Enormous amounts of luck

    Seriously, it's like removing side/rear bonded windows. You need to pass something like a piano wire through the glue and cut the sikaflex's bond before lifting the screen out ... Should be do-able, but very, very time consuming

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haakon
    Does anyone know a good method of removing bonded windscreens (ie from a R25) without breaking the glass?

    The best thing for you to do without having to buy expensive cutout tools is to go down to your local glass shop and ask for a roll of windscreen cutout wire. The stuff we sell here is triple stranded and is gold coloured.

    Then, cut a length off about 2 or 3 feet long, poke one end through the urethane under the screen, and then attach something like a spanner on each end. Get a mate to help you, and use a sawing motion back and forth. Before very long you will find the wire cuts through the old urethane like a knife through butter! Only take you a few minutes and it will be out...

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    hI,

    I use a piece of brake cable and clamp vice grips to either end using the cutting motion i have yet to break or damage a window.

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    Thanks guys. Seemed a shame to see a perfect windscreen go to the crusher along with the shell, and my screen is a bit worse for wear following its encounter with several roadtrains en route to Perth
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haakon
    Thanks guys. Seemed a shame to see a perfect windscreen go to the crusher along with the shell, and my screen is a bit worse for wear following its encounter with several roadtrains en route to Perth
    I was going to say make sure you touch up any metal part that gets exposed (paint scrapped off) .. but it's hardly worth if if it's going to the compactor !

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