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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
    Posts: 1,282


    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
    Joined: Jan 12, 2002
    Posts: 3,085

    Member Emeritus

    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
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  3. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,988

    Member Emeritus

    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:

  4. [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
    Joined: Oct 7, 2001
    Posts: 1,176


  6. 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
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  7. you are screwed......
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  8. dadseh
    Joined: May 13, 2001
    Posts: 527


    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
    Joined: Sep 30, 2003
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  10. Noname38
    Joined: Nov 24, 2001
    Posts: 369


    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
    Joined: Sep 18, 2002
    Posts: 7,745

    from Novi, MI

    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
    Joined: Nov 29, 2003
    Posts: 4,105


    If you find the miracle cure, be sure to let us know.
    We've all done this at one time or another!
  13. krooser
    Joined: Jul 25, 2004
    Posts: 4,585


    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....
  14. madgrinder
    Joined: Feb 5, 2005
    Posts: 324


    badge of honor... wear it proudly.
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  15. ABONES
    Joined: Dec 3, 2004
    Posts: 973


    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.
  16. 1lowtrk
    Joined: Nov 9, 2002
    Posts: 259


    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.
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  17. Digger_Dave
    Joined: Apr 10, 2001
    Posts: 2,514


    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!!
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  18. polisher
    Joined: Jul 28, 2002
    Posts: 651

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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.
  19. bbo
    Joined: Feb 2, 2005
    Posts: 51

    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.
  20. Toqwik
    Joined: Feb 1, 2003
    Posts: 1,282


    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
  21. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 9,410

    from Burton, MI

    Dang...almost 14 years old.
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  22. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 5,348

    Bandit Billy

    Since the resurrection has occurred I will pay my respects. It is a bit OT (a bit???:eek:) but T-Top panels on T?A's are often removed and abused leaving deep scratches and basically look fugly. I had a guy at a glass shop sand and polish a couple of sets of fisher panels and they turned out wicked nice. Cant get too close the frame and you could actually see the ridge a bit were he had to let off as he got close to the frame but well worth the couple hundred I paid him.

    As for windshields, park the car near the driving range, call your insurance company.
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  23. Dixon Bastie
    Joined: Apr 7, 2017
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    Dixon Bastie

  24. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 8,978

    Rusty O'Toole

    Sandblasting will mess up glass too. Masking tape or paper won't save it, you need blankets or something thick. Anyone know any good method of masking glass when sandblasting nearby?
  25. Dixon Bastie
    Joined: Apr 7, 2017
    Posts: 175

    Dixon Bastie

    I had a wiper arc polished out of one of my windshields by a pro glass shop. The owner warned me it would make it smooth, but would leave a blemish that looked like looking through a film, and U wouldn't like it.
    He was right, came out horse shit, I installed a new one two days later.
    Weld splatter on glass is forever.
  26. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 5,348

    Bandit Billy

    Use self adhesive plastic shelf liner on the glass if you can't remove it. I get the white stuff but you can get flowers if your so inclined ;)
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  27. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 5,864

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    Sorry for your problems. I to have had this problem many years ago and while it can't be cured I did use a really razor sharp stainless scraper and removed some of the chunks which left what looks like a small stone hit. Finally got fed up and replaced the glass.
  28. 1946caddy
    Joined: Dec 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,475

    from washington

    Learn to tig weld, problem solved. :)
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  29. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 12,039

    from oregon

    To quote our Brit friends "facking brilliant"!

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