Hate to bring in old thread back to life but this one never got solved. Im trying to repaint my outside pilars and they almost cracked when trying to take them off. Is there a solution to this other then breaking them? Im really trying not to do that.
And in the event that breaking them really is the only way to take them off, where do you get the replacements from?
YOU most likely can't do it because you don't have the proper tools however the people at the junkyard should be able to. I bought one from a junkyard that was pulled by the staff and it's been taking up space in my basement on standby waiting to go on.And how would i be able to take it off the car at the junkhard without breaking those as well considering they would be exatly the same as the ones on my car right now?
So what tool is required?YOU most likely can't do it because you don't have the proper tools however the people at the junkyard should be able to. I bought one from a junkyard that was pulled by the staff and it's been taking up space in my basement on standby waiting to go on.
Or buy from the dealership.
I'm not aware of a "special tool" for this job. I'm going to assume that some kind of heat gun would help to soften up the adhesive of course after removing the nuts from behind which are also holding it in place.So what tool is required?
Ive tried using fishing line to "cut" the glue by rubbing it back and forth but it doesn't work too well. Ive also tried using a very thin blade but it wasn't long enough.
Is there a special tool i could buy or maybe some kind of chemical i could put on on the bottom side of the pillar that wont harm the car and will eat away the glue?
At this point, buying from a dealership isn't the best of options so i'm looking at any alternatives mentioned by knowledgeable 3g veterans.
if the pros knew it all they would be making twice as much doing something other then putting in auto glass. I have been installing for 40 years and i am an idiot because if i was smart i sure as hell would be doing something else.I'm gonna tell you like this (hopefully I'm wrong) you can't remove it without breaking it. I've had to change windshields twice. First change, first attempt "pros" came and they had this "special" tool that looked like a long thin blade that was supposed to go under the pillar to seperate it from the backing which is sealed with glue. My man got about half way and the pillar began to crack. Of course I said WHOA and he said the same and he stopped. According to him he never had that happen before and he's done eclipses before, blah, blah, blah. He didn't want to do the other side (and I didn't want him to either) because he didn't have any pillars with him to replace them. He came out his pocket and paid me to buy a new one with no argument. First change, second attempt the "pros" came and this time I told them that they need to bring the moldings which they claim they were gonna do. My man gets to working (a big dude from Russia or Poland) and with the same tool starts hacking at the pillar. Of course it starts cracking and he's steady working and I'm cool because I'm thinking he's got the replacements. He replaces the windshield without the pillars and claims he's done. I say what about the moldings? He doesn't have the moldings, calls his company I speak to them and tell them I'm not paying until I get the moldings. The frame was now exposed and I'm not drivng like that plus it was supposed to rain that day or tomorrow. The "problem" was what I was calling moldings were called pillars and they called a dealer who got a set for a good price. My argument was if you are pros and you know my vehicle then you should know that you need those pillars to cover the frame and windshield no matter what I call it. Anyways we agreed that they would get paid when he came back with the pillars. After a couple of days I bought my own and installed them. He never came back and so they never got paid. Free windshield and this was almost 3 years ago. Second change no problems. the "pros" came out and got the pillars off without breaking them but I think that was because these were the new pillars from the previous install and they weren't sealed extra extra tight yet.