Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Windscreen removal and surround repair on the Renault 5 GT Turbo - July 2010

With the car off road it's time to do some repairs

The first job being sorting out the rust around the windscreen. Over time the laminate had lifted in one of the corners of the screen and a slight crack had appeared. Then more recently a large crack appeared from top to bottom so I could no longer ignore it.
The first job was to remove the windscreen, I could have called a specialist but I would have incurred two call out charges as I need it removing and refitting at a later date once the rust had been sorted. Fortunately I have a friend who had the tools but found out the method of removal was a lot simpler than I first thought. The main kit basically involves a piece of abrasive wire and two handles that the wire sits in(shown in the top left of the picture --> ). After removing all the plastic trim, you slot the wire around and under the windscreen then start sawing, being carful not to burn the dash or chaff any of the paint work. You can make your way around all the screen but may need to finsh off with a long bladed stanley knife. I thought I'd save you the trouble and point you to all the stuff you need pictured on the right, this kit also seems to come with the rubber removal tools which is quite handy.

After the screen was removed, I got the wire brush out this is when I realised the rust was a little worse than first expected!

well I say rust it turned out they were actually holes


Rust holes around the windscreen of my Renault 5

More Rust holes around the windscreen of my Renault 5

But after the initial shock I decided to do a bit of grinding, wire brushing and hammer forming and rust treatment all last night ! I've also made up some little plates that hopefully I'll get round to welding this week..

Metal templates to fill the holes around the windscreen of my Renault 5

More Metal templates to fill the holes around the windscreen of my Renault 5

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