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Old 07-27-2012, 11:10 AM
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95 e300d windshield rust

Big crack in the windshield, Safelite came to replace it today and said that they couldn't because there was rust on side and top mouldings. Glass guy said it looked like bubbled paint. Guy said a moderate rust condition might only require scraping and sanding, but a bad rust condition sometimes requires welding at a body shop!

How do I proceed? Have a body shop check it out or remove the glass myself and have a look? If there really is bad rust under the glass on the molding, I'd be in trouble since I have no welding experience.

Sorry for posting this here in the diesel forum. It is a diesel and this is the most helpful group in this forum.
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:21 AM
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If you like the car and planning to keep it for a while then probably best to get it repaired by a body shop. If you leave it, it will only get worse and/or a cabin leak may develop which can lead to more corrosion. They can most likely fit a new windshield after the repair.

One thing I have noticed about some windshield replacement places is they tend to be a bit on the rough side especially when removing the old windshield and don't understand the importance of repainting where they scratch the paint to the steel. Rust will eventually form and I wonder if this is why yours has started.
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:31 PM
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I pulled the trim pieces and dug around with some dental picks. Looks like the rust is limited to the painted area outside of the trim area and not in the track. I poked around and think now that there isn't any rust under the glass gasket. Time to take this to the body shop for some work. Deck lid needs some work too. Benedict, I did notice some scratches on the paint in the track area from a previous replacement.
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