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Old February 9th, 2006, 06:41 PM   #1
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Default Windshield Frame Replacement

I know that I am not the only one with a rusty windshield frame...but maybe mine is rustier than most. It leaks in several of the rustier spots.

My intention is to replace it (soon) with a steel one from eBay. They come primered so that leaves me with a few questions.

Paint? What paint to use? My Jeep is black but to be honest, I don't care as long as the new one doesn't leak.
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Powdercoat? I have seen a place that does it on Jackson Road near Ann Arbor. Any idea how much it would cost...and any recommendations on who would do a good job?

I also need to replace the glass and seals. I have seen them both on eBay but am not too sure about shipping the glass to my apartment. How hard is it to install the windshield glass into the frame by yourself? Is it worth it or is it easier to get the frame all done up and then head to a local glass installer?

Thanks in advance for any and all advice.
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Old February 9th, 2006, 08:21 PM   #2
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Use the exact paint that is on your Jeep. If it comes primered I wouldnt really trust it, I would wet sand the crap out of it an put an epoxy primer on it to make it a little tougher against the rust, wet sand again, triple color, triple clear. You are set!
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Did some calling around today and these are the prices I was quoted:

Powder Coat: $80-$100 but it has to be bare metal so I'd have to have the new frame sandblasted free of its primer.

Paint: $150-$200 at various auto body paint shops...depends on who you call.

Front windshield glass with seal (not including the frame to body seal): $225.45

That is besides the cost of the frame itself, which runs about $150 shipped from eBay sellers.

Any suggestions to save me some $ would be appreciated.
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Old February 10th, 2006, 03:47 PM   #4
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Where are you located? I am a painter and can do it for materials
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I am a few hours away from you...in Ann Arbor. Guess I need to update my avatar/signature.

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Call Guardian glass. they did mine for I think about $100, see if they have any factory seconds too. That means like a peice of hair or dirt between the laminant. They are always cheaper.
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Well if you wanna work somethin out let me know and I can get some booth time
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Thank you VERY mych for the offer, BMFmike. I will surely keep you in mind.
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When I bought mine it came painted black. Not sure if its just primer or paint. Its a gloss black.
I just left it like that, did really give a shit.
Took the frame and new rubber to Henderson Glass. Then I installed it on the jeep.
Wiper assembly was a pain in the ass because of rust.
If you don't plan on folding it down, caulk the living hell out of the new seal on the body.
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Thanks very much for the info Stan. I'll most likely never fold the windshield down (don't have the straps for it anyway). What kind of caulk did you use? Bathtub silicone? Was the original cowl seal caulked in place?
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Thanks very much for the info Stan. I'll most likely never fold the windshield down (don't have the straps for it anyway). What kind of caulk did you use? Bathtub silicone? Was the original cowl seal caulked in place?
Silicone, not bathtub caulk.
Don't remember what kind, but I didn't buy cheap stuff. The old one would allow a nice steady stream of water to come down on my right foot while driving, filling my shoe. That got old real fast.

Wasn't much left of the original cowl seal. Seemed to have some sort of adhesive on it.
Scraped the old one off and siliconed the hell out of the new one.
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