Beginner’s Guide to Removing Auto Glass Like a Pro with the Glass Blaster Tool
In this week’s blog, we are talking about best practices for using the Inductor® Glass Blaster®. If you are new to removing windshields and other bonded glass with the Glass Blaster, these tips will be a great place to start.
Beginner’s Guide to Removing Auto Glass
Before You Start Removing Glass:
Before you start removing auto glass in the workplace, we recommend that you practice taking windows off a salvaged vehicle. Practicing will help you get used to the weight of the tool and how it operates. We also suggest starting on lower power. Once you get familiar with the tool, you can use more power to remove glass more quickly.
Practice makes perfect! Check out the Induction team practicing in a salvage yard:
The Glass Blaster is comprised of the Inductor Max power supply with the Glass Blaster attachment hardwired onto it. The portable kit comes with two L-wedges to aid you in glass removal and a foot pedal that controls the power output.
» Step One:
Locate the urethane bead on the underside of the glass. You can do this by using the L-wedge. From inside the car, push the flat end of the L-wedge between the glass and pinch weld until it hits the urethane. This is the area you want to heat.
Quick Tip: It is best to start further inside the glass, which will help you have more control over the tool.
» Step Two:
Mark the outside of the glass where the urethane is, so you know where to heat. Do this on all four sides of the window.
» Step Three (Optional):
To prevent the paint from overheating, spray water or the Cold Shield Thermal Spray Gel around the window. Spray the frame and remove the excess off the glass.
» Step Four:
Start in one of the corners of the glass towards the inside edge of the window. Step on the foot pedal to activate the unit. Move the attachment back and forth over the urethane in a six-inch section. While you’re holding the attachment in one hand, use the other to apply constant pressure to the glass with the L-wedge.
Quick Tip: As you do this, you will hear the urethane start to crackle and pop like bacon in a pan. This is a good sign that the bond is releasing!
» Step Five:
Continuously apply outward pressure as you move the attachment and you will start to feel the glass release. Repeat these steps until the glass comes loose.
To learn more about the Glass Blaster, check out this video on glass removal.
Also, check out this infographic:
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