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Old 27-10-13, 19:02   #1
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How To: Remove that bloody vl windscreen without destroying it

Alright guys,
I recently removed the windscreen from my calais and had great success with how i did it so i figured I'd post for others like me that would rather spend 200 knicker on something other then a new screen.

all up it took me the best part of a days work and i did it by myself but would obviously be far quicker if you had a minion.

So the tools i used or tool was old faithfull leatherman or combination pocket tool, and as sharp as the flat blade is it turned out to be the oddly shaped half serated blade that did the best at removing the old Sika.


Anyway on with the steps.

Step 1.

Remove the A pillar plastic strips and the upper and lower plastic seal cover type things so all you have is the screen sitting on Sika.


Step 2.
Take your semi serated knife and carefully start doing long strokes over the sika at the top and bottom of the screen being carefull that once you got past the sika you aren't cutting into the metal of the body.
Once you have gotten past the sika then it should start lifting out revealing the screens edge once you have that gently insert the blade in under the glass making sure you dont cut any of the pillar material.
Now if your screen is sealed like mine your gunna get the ****s with the bottom of the screen cause mine had loads of thick sika and was a right PIA to get through so what i did was from the inside was gently push the tip of the blade through to the outside and repeat that for the whole length of the screen.


Step 3.
repeat above steps and you will be able to see and feel the screen separating from all the sika and if you lift it gently in sections you will be able to see where the sika is still hanging on once all sections have let go gently with your arms spread from the outside top lift the screen and remove from car.


Oh BTW make sure you lay out something for the screen to lay on when you get it out, I used an old car cover bunched up on a box as a temporary.

Good luck guys and just remember patience is what will get the ******* out in one piece.

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Old 29-10-13, 18:03   #2
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Cheers for the heads up
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Old 29-10-13, 18:18   #3
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Piano wire held with vice grips on each side. Make access hole through sealant, insert wire and attach vice grips either side. Then just saw away. I did the above but it does take forever.
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Old 29-10-13, 18:25   #4
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I did the same thing with a blade and flat head screw driver for the rear window. Didn't take me too long, I'd say less then half hour.
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Old 29-10-13, 22:36   #5
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I need to take my rear screen out and dont want to brake it. I thought it was just a rubber seal type not urethaned in?? Anyone got any tips
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Old 30-10-13, 08:18   #6
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lie down on the back seat put both feet on the screen spread evenly, and steadily push until it pops out. works everytime.
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Old 30-10-13, 09:46   #7
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I need to take my rear screen out and dont want to brake it. I thought it was just a rubber seal type not urethaned in?? Anyone got any tips
Mine was full of urethane.
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Old 30-10-13, 14:56   #8
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Depends if its been out before and who puts it back in
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Old 30-10-13, 16:35   #9
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From factory the rear isnt glued in.

I used piano wire when i took my front windscreen out... heat one end up with a lighter so it slides in easily.
Careful you dont scratch the interior...
Go all the way around get a mate or a family member if you dont have any mates to help you lift it out and youll be sweet.

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Old 30-10-13, 18:46   #10
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Can someone put a pic up of the specific holes you need to bog when doing the universal seal upgrade
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The top ones mate on the left and right of the windscreen, you can see one in my photo
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Old 30-10-13, 19:00   #12
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It's the one that the side windscreen mouldings fit into. If you look at Fly's pic above you can see one of them.

Good thread as well by the way.
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Oh righto, easier than I thought
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I donno about those vt molding upgrades. Thanks for the tips on the rear screen guys. Might sit it out in the sun to loosen up the rubber. Might help a little.
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Why? They work a lot better than the standard seal over time
If its from an originality perspective I can understand that
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will ill be doing the vt seal. with the vl side plastic glued on to make it look original .

best of both worlds
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^Easier said than done, the VT seal is alot fatter where the VL seal is skinny and thin.
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Old 01-11-13, 07:40   #18
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ive got a vt seal, WAY better it looks a lot neater and the panel beater said the only way the rust wont return is to put a vt seal in, best decision ive made
oh and you cant put you OG plastic back over....one it wont fit two it'll loook terrible!


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pardont the messy bonnet vents, i was waxing the car and foggot to clean the vents lol
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Old 01-11-13, 19:09   #19
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lie down on the back seat put both feet on the screen spread evenly, and steadily push until it pops out. works everytime.
It's the front one mate, and yeah the rear's much easier to take out.

Selo if you get away with it chuck on a pic. I wanna see the result
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