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Re: Safety Plate Side Glass ?? [Re: marzach] #1289762
Mon Dec 03 2018 05:42 PM
Mon Dec 03 2018 05:42 PM
Jon G  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Mar 2014
Posts: 907
Dallas, TX
Jerry, did you ever use the division bar channels and flexible channels that had a strip of nylon in the bottom of the channel for the glass to slide on and a more generous amount of whiskers on the sides? I haven't seen those sold for about 30 years. Interestingly J.C. Whitney used to have a very good selection of them. Glass installers around here commonly put graphite in the other channels (the ones lacking the nylon strips) to help make the glass slide better. Those generally have a plain felt bottom. Unless the cut edge of the glass is smoothed and polished very well, it will tear that felt up tout de suite.


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Re: Safety Plate Side Glass ?? [Re: marzach] #1289772
Mon Dec 03 2018 06:48 PM
Mon Dec 03 2018 06:48 PM
Hotrod Lincoln  Offline
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 18,421
Dellrose, TN
When I was managing my brother's body shop, I found out pretty quickly that subletting all my glass work to a mobile glass shop was the way to go. That included rebuilding window track channels, etc. It didn't take very many mistakes by ham-fisted body men that resulted in glass breakage to suck up the profit margin on a job. On any work that involved doing repairs around windows, etc. we always removed the glass instead of trying to mask around them. An unbroken layer of paint under the glass always made for a better-quality job and since we specialized in high-end vehicles like Jag, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes, etc. the cost of doing that kind of work was not a factor. If we didn't charge outrageous prices, the snobs we worked for couldn't brag about how much their toys cost! We were more than happy to accommodate them!

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Re: Safety Plate Side Glass ?? [Re: marzach] #1294622
Sat Jan 12 2019 11:59 PM
Sat Jan 12 2019 11:59 PM
tinnerjohn  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 165
NE Ohio
Hotrod Lincoln, your comment about watching the glass guys cut laminated reminds me of how impressive some of the body guys work was! We had an informal agreement- They didn't mess with the glass, I didn't try to be a panel beater. John

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