Window glazing removal?

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by 2-8-2, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. 2-8-2

    2-8-2 Member

    I purchased an undecorated caboose (Atlas) that I'm going to paint in my road's colors. I disassembled everything with no problems, but I'm not sure how to remove the window glazing.

    It's glued in place, and there are also a couple of alignment tabs. My first instinct was to use an X-acto knife and attempt to just pry it up...but I don't want to crack the glazing. Any suggestions for how to safely remove them?
  2. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Prying with the X-acto might just do the trick...if not you'll have a story for the "worst model railroad disaster" thread that was popular a while ago and full of tales of ruin and cutting injuries! :) How about some nail polish remover to soften the glue. Not sure if it might damage the plastic though!
  3. Wyomingite

    Wyomingite Member

    Hi 2-8-2

    I don't know what they use for glue but just in case its water
    based why not try some warm or hot water. That sure would'nt
    hurt anything. Good luck

    Ron :wave:
  4. 2-8-2

    2-8-2 Member

    Yeah, that's exactly what I was afraid of...the tip of the knife breaking off and launching itself into my eyeball.

    Thanks for the tips, guys. I guess worst case scenario (barring personal injury) is that the glazing cracks and I have to replace it.
  5. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    2-8-2,Why not cut a piece of masking tape to fit the window? IMHO that would be the safest approach.
  6. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Placing it in the freezer for a couple hours makes the joint more brittle, that may help.
  7. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    NO NO to nail polish remover. It is acetone, and will melt the plastic!! I think an approach from least to most invasive is key. try the warm water trick, then maybe the freezer trick...after that - it is up to you to decide wherther to use mechanical force. Personally, i would carefully mask around the windows.

  8. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member

    Not only will acetone melt the plastic, the fumes will also cloud up the window glazing.

    As Nachoman says, NO ACETONE! hamr
  9. 2-8-2

    2-8-2 Member

    No sweat, guys...

    Figured I'd just try the ol' heave-ho method first, and let the chips fall where they may. I rummaged through the toolbox to find the proper...or improper...tool for the job. A small screwdriver? No, too risky. Might slip and scratch up the windows. The corner of a putty knife? Too ackward. Hey! That's where those screws went! Oh, what's this? A dental pick...hmmm. Just right.

    So with dental pick in hand, I gently pried up on the glazing and it snapped right out. Turns out that dab of glue holding the pieces in isn't that strong. It didn't even really require much effort. I even used the hook end of the pick to remove the glazing inside the cupola, which wasn't glued in, but was a bit tricky to take out nonetheless.

    Tomorrow, I can start painting!
  10. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Thanks for confirming that. I know acetone removes super glues but I was also worried about the effect it may have on plastic and included my caution in my post.. Glad the prying method worked!

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