Re: Replace front windshield seal?
Removing glass when your going to replace the seal is easy and should be done this way to avoid breaking the glass, first check your new weather strip on your glass to make sure it's correct then take a sharp box cutter and cut the old weather strip off the glass. Make sure the glass is cut free around the eadge and frome the inside then lift the glass out. Next remove all the weather strip and clean up all the surfaces. Next I try the new weather strip in the body and if I have time I leave it in the body for a day or two. Some new weather strips are boxed for some time before you get them so being in there correct shape for some time can make them easier to work with. In this time I clean the glass of all debris and sealant that will cause a leak later on.
Next fit the weather strip to the glass and install moldings if necessary. With the glass facing down I install a 3/16" rope in the pinch that the body goes into, I use slightly diluted dish soap and coat the back side of weather strip that will contact the body keeping it damp. With a helper you can set the glass in the CENTER of the opening, your rope should go around the glass and meat it self on the bottom of the weather strip because the bottom of the glass is what you will set first, so setting the weather strip on the pinch weld across the bottom and gentally pulley on the rope and working the rubber in the correct place on the glass and the body at the same time working around the glass. The glass will need help going into the opening with a few well placed pat's on the outside of the glass. And the weather strip will need help coming in over the pinch weld so a glass hook is nice and if you have the dish soap in a squirt bottle that works also.
A word of caution here take your time and if your having trouble just walk away and come back to it. If you pull to hard on the rope it will let you know because it will cut thrue your new weather strip and if it gets to this point you can help it come over the pinch weld with the window hook.
Another thing is if you are doing paint and body work on you car or one next to it Do Not Use SILICONE SPAY to install glass....... Typically glass needs some sealants in the lower corners or at seams in the body. I use windows weld sealer for this if needed.
As a note at one time I had a tire machine in my shop and would use a product for tire lube on weather strips, it was called Rube Glide I believe and it really worked nice.
Good luck and take your time.
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Last edited by Iowan; 03-21-2019 at 12:49 PM.