Painting 69 Dart without removing the glass

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  1. jcmeyer5

    jcmeyer5 Well-Known Member

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    Okay, another question. The Dart I am working on needs a full paint job. Problem is, the original windshield has a chip/crack in it, and I am not keen on removing/reinstalling it for fear of breaking it. That said, replacement glass is not terribly expensive (still a cost I would like to avoid), but it is not original. I have the trim off already. I think I can mask the seal off along with the glass. I wouldnt be able to cover the trim clips (which I also cannot remove because the glass is still in). This isnt a show car, but I do want it to look pretty darn good when done (may not be possible... after all, I am doing all the work). Anyone gone this route? Tips or advice on cleaning out as much of the channel as I can?

    Separate but related. Both the windshield and back window (mostly back window) had a lot of crud under the trim that had collected in the channels around the seal. Like... nasty swamp debris looking stuff. Not the sealant, although that didnt help things. How do I go about preventing the build up of this rust promoting debris once I get to reassembly?
     
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    I'd pull the glass just to be sure the windshield area is sound. My car had a 1" rust hole you could not see until the glass/seal was out. A good glass guy should be able to pull it without damage. Honestly, I'd replace it too, the windshield is a structural member of the car.
     
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    • TrailBeast

      TrailBeast Slightly Twisted Member

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      From what you mentioned the window is already broken.:D
      ( I have the same issue) a 4 inch crack on the passenger side after a rock on the hiway.
      A friend gave me another windshield, but it's greenish colored so I'm not going to use it in my car.
      I use a combo of water and compressed air to rinse and blow out the channels.
       
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      The windshield gets sandblasted and cloudy with age. A shinny new windshield will look a lot better beside new paint. I cracked my 67 windshield during removal. Once the new one was in, I was glad I cracked the 50 year old original. And that wasn't a repaint, just trim upgrade. And I also found a couple of small rust issues that weren't corrected when this car was repainted back in 1992.
      As for the pollen, dust, etc., that accumulates under the reveal moldings over time.... got a pressure washer?
       
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      • Fred Scigliano

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        If your keeping the car and plan on driving it for many years I would pull the glass.
        Mine is all original glass and wanted to save it so I cut the rubber off the glass and destroyed the gasket so I would't break the glass. Found rust behind the rubber that would be an issue after paint.
         
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        jcmeyer5 Well-Known Member

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        I don’t plan to drive it. It’s my dads car. I’m restoring it for him. If he sells it anytime before his death, I will be very sore about it. So yeah, probably need to pull the glass
         
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        Fred Scigliano Well-Known Member

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        Always cost lots of money and time. Your call on what you do to make dad happy and keep it in the family.
         
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        jcmeyer5 Well-Known Member

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        Yeah I’m gonna. if it comes out without cracking, might try to use it. This won’t be a show car, but I do want to be sure it doesn’t rust anytime soon.
         
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        Hard to stop rust from what I know best to sand blast the crap out of it.
        Best of luck on your car if I lived closer would bring you a beer and help a bit.:)
         
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