Erik wrote:Brake buster wrote:as above, the rubber and chrome will actually carefully pull away from the car leaving the rear screen still in place and bonded to the car, you can still drive around like this as it will not compromise the car ( just its looks ) , but will give you a far better chance to inspect the issues ,
So BB, is it difficult to pull off the rubber seal and chrome? Anything I should be cautious about before giving it a shot?
I think doing this would be a good start. Then I can assess the real damage and situation ... And find someone willing to take on the job, I have a few options in mind but they'll likely be costly. Nonetheless, as the rest of the car is in such great condition I would like to invest in solving this issue so that I can drive the car, rain or shine.
firstly , the stainless trim comes out by prying it out of the rubber, remove the corner sections first along with the top joiner, the best thing to use is a ' plastic trim wedge ' for working on windscreens, after that , some sort of wooden peg, metal will do it, but more risk of damaging the car if it slips , gently pry up one edge of the stainless and run the tool along while gently lifting away ensure not to bend or distort the stainless, once removed and put safely out of the way , use the same tool to work under the rubber seal, this can then be grabbed and simply pulled out of the channel , its about 25mm thick, and quite sturdy , so dont be afraid of it,
you will find the channel full of crud and hopefully not too much rust, so be careful cleaning it out so you dont injur yourself
this will allow a much better inspection , and for others if not yourself to see what work is required
and you will also be able to apply some temporary way of sealing any holes, either with tape or whatever your preference is to limit water ingress in the interim.
it will look something similar to this , when i had my windscreen replaced last summer, this was in the process of being cut out with the ' cheese wire ' tool , but the channel around the screen will be exactly the same as the rear screen
best of luck