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    Has anyone here fitted a car window themselves?

    Evening all.
    Someone tried to break into my Citroen Picasso last week by trying to get into the tiny back window. The window is broken at the edges and is shattered but is being held together as it is because the windows all have tinted film on them.

    So we need to replace this glass and have already purchased a replacement one from eBay cheap but we are being quoted £40 to fit the window and then another £20 or so for it to be tinted to match the rest of the windows.

    Sooooooo anyways, the car is 10 years old and not worth much these days so OH has decided to have a go at doing it himself instead as he is good with these kind of things, I just wondered if anyone can recommend what adhesive to use?

    From what I've read it would be silicone sealant we should use if anyone can confirm this please (and whether black or clear sealant is usually used) and one person recommended priming the areas first but don't know if that's neccessary or what primer to use that won't ruin the paint. We already have a caulking gun (or whatever it's called!)

    Thanks in advance to anyone that can help :-)

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    Why not ask your OH, as he's good with these kinds of things?

    Insurance covers it free of charge from what I remember.
    The guy arrives wherever is best for you & he will hoover all the mess up as well as given you a new window in under 30 mins.

    Been an age since I done this, is it not rubber seal then if silicone is being advised?

    Banned

    just get on the blower to your local metal merchant that does parts off the shelf. Should be £15 for the window. You don't use adhesive its just the rubber seals that keep it in place.

    Original Poster

    Why not ask your OH, as he's good with these kinds of things?


    Yeah. thanks for that.

    Insurance covers it free of charge from what I remember.The guy arrives … Insurance covers it free of charge from what I remember.The guy arrives wherever is best for you & he will hoover all the mess up as well as given you a new window in under 30 mins.


    Thanks, but my insurance is only TPFT so I have to pay £70 excess to replace broken windows

    Been an age since I done this, is it not rubber seal then if silicone is … Been an age since I done this, is it not rubber seal then if silicone is being advised?


    Not sure I get you, he hasn't taken the old wondow off yet but I think there is a rubber seal then you have to seal it in...

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    lumoruk

    just get on the blower to your local metal merchant that does parts off … just get on the blower to your local metal merchant that does parts off the shelf. Should be £15 for the window. You don't use adhesive its just the rubber seals that keep it in place.



    Thanks, we've bought the window already. I have tried looking on Google to find out about replacing the window, just because we don't want to take the window off before we know how to put the new one on LOL!

    So do you mean that if I buy a rubber seal from Citroen it is self-adhesive? Thanks for your help so far

    I think if it's the quarter panel its just sealed in with the rubber, basically it's not glued in but the glass is held in place by the rubber.

    Car's a car and it's 10 years old. You can buy sheets of tinting film if you want - Don't fuss about the tint matching up. Lets be honest - a bit of plywood would do the job of keeping rain and bad people out. Side windows are put in and held by virtue of the rubber seal, from memory the process requiring skill and special tools. A nice wide bit of a good silicone mastic should do the job either with, or without the original seal.
    Have a play - good luck

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    bargain surfer

    I think if it's the quarter panel its just sealed in with the rubber, … I think if it's the quarter panel its just sealed in with the rubber, basically it's not glued in but the glass is held in place by the rubber.


    Thanks, so the rubber seal itself is self adhesive? So I would have to buy a new one from Citroen?
    Thanks so far

    Car's a car and it's 10 years old. You can buy sheets of tinting film if … Car's a car and it's 10 years old. You can buy sheets of tinting film if you want - Don't fuss about the tint matching up. Lets be honest - a bit of plywood would do the job of keeping rain and bad people out. Side windows are put in and held by virtue of the rubber seal, from memory the process requiring skill and special tools. A nice wide bit of a good silicone mastic should do the job either with, or without the original seal.Have a play - good luck


    Thanks I still love my old car, have had it for 8 years and we've been through so much together
    So would something like this be okay? Thanks

    automd.com/111…el/

    Thats the closest thing i could find to help, see the strip running between the two pieces of glass? basically the top part slots in and the bottom part of it is bolted in under the door trim and "locks" the glass in place. Should be a doddle as i did this for my Father in Law on his astra estate.

    bargain surfer

    http://www.automd.com/111/how-to-replace-a-quarter-glass-panel/Thats the … http://www.automd.com/111/how-to-replace-a-quarter-glass-panel/Thats the closest thing i could find to help, see the strip running between the two pieces of glass? basically the top part slots in and the bottom part of it is bolted in under the door trim and "locks" the glass in place. Should be a doddle as i did this for my Father in Law on his astra estate.



    That wasn't glued in with adhesive, in your case you'll have to check.

    Also make sure the rear window is fully opened as otherwise you won't be able to jimmy that bracket in/out of place.

    BTW i am not a mechanic, just got a knack for minor jobs like these.

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    bargain surfer

    That wasn't glued in with adhesive, in your case you'll have to check.BTW … That wasn't glued in with adhesive, in your case you'll have to check.BTW i am not a mechanic, just got a knack for minor jobs like these.



    Thanks very much, I will show this thread to OH. I thiiiiink my window is different from the link as my looks like it sits on the outside of the car. I guess I will still need sealant to stop wind and water getting in?

    Sorry been away, I just don't remember sealant.
    The metal edge is/was shaped to take the exact glass held in place by the way the rubber fitted in between.
    The trick I was shown was to put string/twine inside the rubber and trailing out so when the glass was in place, 1 edge of rubber was inevitably stuck, so then tease out string around edge, pulling out rubber edge with it.

    Don't know if it's any help if sealant is in use.

    Mrs.Z

    Thanks very much, I will show this thread to OH. I thiiiiink my window is … Thanks very much, I will show this thread to OH. I thiiiiink my window is different from the link as my looks like it sits on the outside of the car. I guess I will still need sealant to stop wind and water getting in?



    TBH the glass will slot into the rubber surround by around 5mm all the way round, then by the time the rubber is pushed into the car body it will become water tight from the rubber pushing onto the glass. Where sealant is used it probably serves more to keep glass from slipping? Like i said different cars, different procedure.

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    bargain surfer

    TBH the glass will slot into the rubber surround by around 5mm all the … TBH the glass will slot into the rubber surround by around 5mm all the way round, then by the time the rubber is pushed into the car body it will become water tight from the rubber pushing onto the glass. Where sealant is used it probably serves more to keep glass from slipping? Like i said different cars, different procedure.



    Thank you so much, you have been most helpful

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    vinnyabdn

    Sorry been away, I just don't remember sealant.The metal edge is/was … Sorry been away, I just don't remember sealant.The metal edge is/was shaped to take the exact glass held in place by the way the rubber fitted in between.The trick I was shown was to put string/twine inside the rubber and trailing out so when the glass was in place, 1 edge of rubber was inevitably stuck, so then tease out string around edge, pulling out rubber edge with it.Don't know if it's any help if sealant is in use.



    Thank you, I will pass this tip onto OH

    Banned

    In case your confused you don't use sealant unless you damage the original rubber. You don't need to buy new rubber either. And yes I remember undoing a bolt on my wifes polo from the inside.door card needs to come off.

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    lumoruk

    In case your confused you don't use sealant unless you damage the … In case your confused you don't use sealant unless you damage the original rubber. You don't need to buy new rubber either. And yes I remember undoing a bolt on my wifes polo from the inside.door card needs to come off.


    Thank you so much, I will tell OH this may be the case as he was going to buy sealant before removing the old window

    should not need sealant fr quarter panel ive fitted thousands of windscreens and quarter panels but if it does then its mastic sealant the same as they use for the windscreen but you should not need it for quarter panel

    You could do with posting a photo so we can see if its bonded or held in by rubber and the location. Some of the replies refer to door glass while other to rear quarter.

    DAMNOME

    http://www.citroenpicasso.org.uk/picasso/index.php?act=idxtry asking here … http://www.citroenpicasso.org.uk/picasso/index.php?act=idxtry asking here to avoid guesses



    +1

    My Hubby says they're bonded in and even he wouldnt attempt it(he strips a lot of cars, and can do most jobs on them). If you look at the window theres no rubber around it. Personally in a 10 yr old car I wouldn't worry about the tint side of things, but your'e gonna have to pay someone to fit it. Ask your local windowscreen fitters, dont go for autoglass and the like, they charge a fortune, but look in phone book for smaller local fitters instead.

    Mrs.Z

    Thanks, we've bought the window already. I have tried looking on Google … Thanks, we've bought the window already. I have tried looking on Google to find out about replacing the window, just because we don't want to take the window off before we know how to put the new one on LOL!So do you mean that if I buy a rubber seal from Citroen it is self-adhesive? Thanks for your help so far



    Not an adhesive if i am right, but the metal frame aroudn teh windown will have a fin which the rubber gasket will push in to. I have never done this before but pics of the operation would be good. Also, as the window is small you can buy a sheet of tinting film and tint it yourself. probably cost you a couple of quid for the film but rememebr to wash the glass throughly!
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