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How to get weld splatter off glass ??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Toqwik, Feb 26, 2005.

  1. Toqwik
    Joined: Feb 1, 2003
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    Somehow I got welding splatter on my new windshield. Is there any way to fix it? can you polish it out, or just deal with it? Fido
     
  2. jalopy43
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    Sorry buddy, once it's there,it stays! You might polish out some of it,with very fine steel wool. Good luck. And remember guys, protect your glass,BEFORE you weld or grind near it!!:( Sparky
     
  3. fab32
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    Easy fix. drive over to your favorite glass shop, give them a few hundred bucks, they put in new glass, it's almost like it didn't happpen.;) :cool:


    Frank
     
  4. REVEREND JAKE
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    [size=+2]Basically your windshield is pitted for good.

    Now you can take a razor blade and go back and forth to remove the small metal beads. Be sure to use one side only of the razor blade. This is because if you use the other side it can scratch the glass even more.

    You could try some 0000 steel wool.

    Sorry to hear it, I hope this helps.

    Reverend Jake
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  5. skipstitch
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  6. Pist-n-Broke
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    Hay Dude, your screwed. You can get the weld b-b off but the pit it leaves behind is there for good. Wish I had better news.
    The Wizzard
     
  7. 36-3window
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    you are screwed......
     
  8. dadseh
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    What he said.... basically your windscreen is F U K T .
    Guys, also remember if you use an angle grinder in the viscinity of glass it does the same thing. Molten sparks on glass = pitting. I hang a simple bed sheet in front of my car in the shed to stop stray sparks from grinder hitting the ride. Sparks will carry 15-20 feet to damage glass / paint.
     
  9. lowandgold59
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  10. Noname38
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    Don't listen to these guys... they're just tryin to get you down.... Wet sand it then spray some clear on it....
     
  11. kustombuilder
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    yeah that oughta work FABULOUSLY!! :rolleyes:

    i'm afraid i have'nt come up with any way to fix this problem. i've done it before but i learned my leason. i always hang a couple layers of masking paper over any glass or some times i use an old canvas drop cloth or welding coat. even if a spark burns through it'll likely be too cold to hurt the glass by then. sorry about your luck. you might call a glass shop though just to see if they have come out with some miracle cure.
     
  12. LeadSledMerc
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    If you find the miracle cure, be sure to let us know.
    We've all done this at one time or another!
     
  13. flatheadpete
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    Dude!!! That RAT ROD is soooo hardcore! Check it out, the windshield is rusty!
     
  14. krooser
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    ALWAYS remember to cover your RADIATOR, too, when you are welding/cutting. Those hot chunks of metal LOVE to burn holes in those fragile copper tubes....
     
  15. madgrinder
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    badge of honor... wear it proudly.
     
  16. ABONES
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    3M makes a spark resistant paper that is sticky on one side. It works good against grinding sparks, don't know about welding though. I wouldn't use just any old blanket to shield weld spatter, I've done it before and the results could be worse than a ruined windshield. Welding blanket or something non flammable preffered.
     
  17. 1lowtrk
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    I just did the same thing to my door glass. rolled them down and figured they'd be ok but those damn little molten balls found ther way to the glass anyway.
     
  18. Digger_Dave
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    I had the same problem, used liquid dish washing detergent along with Jake's idea; didn't get rid of the pits, but window was sure clean!

    And use NEW razor blades!!
     
  19. polisher
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    Shave off the splatter, if pits left are shallow, and I mean shallow wet sand with 2000 grit then buff with a muslin buff and a good calcined alumina at around 600 rpm using an 8 inch buff.
    You might be lucky.
    If you buff to fast you'll generate heat and crack it, or scratch it more with the buff.
    Chances are the pits will be too deep.
    If you find after buffing that it's a little hazy get either a liquid glass type polish and apply a little of that.
    Best of luck.
    It's job to get it right, but it can be done if pits are shallow.
     
  20. bbo
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    from Wylie, Tx

    remove and replace glass. only way. I have done that before it sucked because I know better. You are lucky the weld splatter can burst the glass.

    If you are going to do a lot of welding and grinding then use welding blankets and welding paper. The paper is adhesive back(tacky) and is great for indirect protection. Use a thick welding blacket for immediate protection.

    Glass pits and interiors burn fast.
     
  21. Toqwik
    Joined: Feb 1, 2003
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    what sucks is I was welding on the back quarter, never would have dreamed that splatter would make it that far.....I am so pissed....Fido
     

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