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PostSubject: Rear vent window re-attachment / repair (Wagon)   Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:41 pm

I am having a problem re-attaching my rear vent window on my 96 Roadmaster Wagon. The Glue that attached the two little aluminum hinges has given up. I have combed several related threads and found that you can use rear view mirror adhesive. Sounds credible. But when I go to re-attach the window to the car the hinges pop off as soon as I try to close the window. When the rubber seal begins to push against the window there is a TINK sound and the hinges pop off.

I have cleaned both surfaces to surgical levels. I used a sparing amount of rear window adhesive (a single drop) just like you would with a rear view mirror coats the whole piece of aluminum and they just pop off. Is there something I am missing here? Is there a better adhesive? Do I need to rough up both sides. Any advice would be appreciated.

I am using a Permatex "professional" kit from the local auto parts store. Is there a better kit out there? Is there a better adhesive?
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PostSubject: Re: Rear vent window re-attachment / repair (Wagon)   Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:59 pm

Try Gorilla Glue. I've used it before with good results. I also duct tape the hinge side of the window closed for a couple days, too, so it has plenty of time to cure. The cold weather is probably not helping things, either.

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PostSubject: Mr. Corvo you are the MAN!   Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:50 pm

You were right on the mark!

Thank you very much. Gorilla Glue for the win! cheers

Here is a picture of the glass before re-attachment of the mounts. I also used 1000 grit wet/dry paper to clean/scuff up the surfaces. if you look closely there is a bit of a shadow on the glass of the lower attachment point. After sandpaper it was gone. So perhaps there was something still there during the first go-around.
However clamps and Gorilla glue worked killer. There was a bit of overrun from the gorilla glue. It expands out as it dries but a little razor blade action and it all cleaned up. Pictures are below.

Glass without hinges

The Opening

It even opens correctly.

After re attachment
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