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New Glass For Dino 206 SP

April 6, 2016

The Dino 206 SP we have in the shop needs a new windshield. In this case, you can’t order a replacement windshield online or from a glass man. This particular piece of glass has to be made new. So, you may ask, how do you do that?

Well, it’s a process with many steps. First we removed the windshield from the body frame by sawing through the glue or urethane that holds the glass in. There’s a special stainless steel wire with a spiral outer thread much like a piano wire. You have to feed the wire between the glass and the molding and then saw back and forth all the way around the glass to release it from the frame. We removed the moldings from around the glass and then very delicately pulled the glass off the window frame.

We then covered the glass in a thin layer of wax to protect it from the filler we needed to cover it with in order to build a fixture for the glass. Once the windshield is covered in wax, a layer of bondo is spread over the entire surface of the glass. When it dries another layer of wax and another layer of bondo is applied.

Finally, we built a wooden windshield fixture to hold and protect the glass. The fixture acts as a mold for the windshield.

The prepped windshield and framed fixture was delivered to the glass maker last week. He’ll make a mold from our fixture, bend the glass to conform, cut and finalize the replica glass for the windshield. Below are some more photos of the process.

 

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