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Old 03-28-2013, 06:22 PM   #1
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Rearview Mirror Glue Removal

Anyone have any suggestions for removing old rear view mirror glue from a windshield? My mirror came off in my hand on the way home from work today and from the looks of it, it's been glued back in place a few times. I'd like to clean up the windshield before I try and reattach it.

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Razor blade.

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Have you tried a razor blade? If that doesn't work you may need to move towards more of a solvent, but a razor blade has always worked for me.
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I was trying to avoid using a razor blade, I always manage to scratch the glass. Any suggestions on how to avoid that?
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I was trying to avoid using a razor blade, I always manage to scratch the glass. Any suggestions on how to avoid that?
Hold the blade as flat possible (parallel to the window) . Holding it upright or perpendicular will end up scratching the glass.
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Hold the blade as flat possible (parallel to the window) . Holding it upright or perpendicular will end up scratching the glass.
Thanks, I'll give it a try
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I was trying to avoid using a razor blade, I always manage to scratch the glass. Any suggestions on how to avoid that?
I hope you don't shave often. LOL
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:42 PM   #8
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Just replaced mine last weekend. Like the others said, slide it across as flat as possible and chase it with an alcohol swab if need be.
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Mine fell off as I was driving away from the dealership I bought it from, that was fun. I used goo gone and a razor blade when I got home and it came right off.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:44 AM   #10
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Mine fell off as I was driving away from the dealership I bought it from, that was fun. I used goo gone and a razor blade when I got home and it came right off.
They have a special glue just for the mirror mount. Any auto parts store carries it. Just follow the instructions.
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I was trying to avoid using a razor blade, I always manage to scratch the glass. Any suggestions on how to avoid that?

A metal blade cannot scratch glass. Glass is much harder than metal.
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Isoproply alcohol (the 90+% stuff is better). Or brake parts cleaner. Either of these should work like magic.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:32 PM   #13
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I hope you don't shave often. LOL
LOL, yeah, it's the electric shaver for me

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A metal blade cannot scratch glass. Glass is much harder than metal.
Really???

I got it cleaned up with a razor blade without scratching the glass LOL
Then I cleaned who knows how many years worth of grime of the inside of the windshield, probably why the repair failed any one of at least four attempts I could see glue outlines of. The Jeep was the errand vehicle for the car lot a friend of mine co-owns... the Jeep didn't see a lot of cosmetic TLC in the 8 years it was on the lot, but they made sure it was always spinning like a top mechanically.

Can anyone give me the measurement for how far from the top of the windshield the mounting pad should be mounted? Like I said there were a few glue marks and I have no idea if any of them were correct.
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Really???

Can anyone give me the measurement for how far from the top of the windshield the mounting pad should be mounted? Like I said there were a few glue marks and I have no idea if any of them were correct.
Yes REALLY......basic laws of physics. Dust or dirt can contain grit that is the same or greater Rockwell hardness than that of glass. That contamination can scratch glass. Metal is not harder than glass.

Mount it wherever works for your line of sight.
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They have a special glue just for the mirror mount. Any auto parts store carries it. Just follow the instructions.
They even have two strengths. When I did it I used the strongest one because it's a Jeep, it's gonna see some rough bumps.

For the mounting location, sit in the Jeep and hold the mirror where you want it and have a friend mark a box around the mounting plate with a sharpie on the outside. When you're done the markings come right off with a cloth and water.

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