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« on: June 11, 2017, 08:19:32 PM »

Tried something interesting on a brand new piece of clear glass for my 1968 GT350. I have the original windshield but as the car is being restored, it currently out of the car with the rest of the glass. I had a template made of the original "Car-Lite" symbol and data from my windshield. I applied it to the new glass, added some etching gel and 3 minutes later I had a pretty impressive looking, date correct windshield!



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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2017, 12:05:58 AM »

Where did you get the template? What type and concentration on the acid etch?

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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2017, 04:51:14 AM »

Really annoying in this day and age that we continue to get the black square on photos. Does not happen on Boss 302 Forum or the 428 CJ Forums. Why can't the software be fixed to alleviate this problem?

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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2017, 03:19:41 PM »

I had the template made locally, it was $20. Kind of picky work being so small and I believe that they needed to use a laser to cut it out, again the fine detail is a pain. Here is a picture of the etching get that I used, it was 9 bucks on eBay. I left it on the glass for 3 minutes. Hope this helps. Rob B.



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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2017, 05:44:42 AM »

What material did they use to cut the template from?   

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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2017, 04:54:06 PM »

Hello again, the template was regular 3M decal material. I know what you are thinking...the etching gel might eat through it? I did several tests before using it on my new glass and the vinyl and masking tape held up perfectly. As a matter of fact, I just did the back glass.



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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2017, 05:01:24 PM »

If you want to etch the stripe on the back glass, it's also possible as a DIY project. You can use a 1/16" pin stripe tape stencil (it comes in rolls) for the pattern. The only caveat I would offer is that I wouldn't use masking tape to keep any migration of the etching paste at bay...I'd use a vinyl tape...practice a few times on an old window pane or something to make sure you get it down.

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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2017, 05:31:05 PM »

Thanks 68GT350Bill that is an amazing suggestion! I was just wracking my pea brain over that very topic. I am going to do exactly as you suggested, thanks sp much! Rob B.

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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2017, 05:01:16 AM »

Nice work. 

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« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2017, 04:43:58 PM »

Thank you Stangman39, I appreciate the kind words. Car is getting very close to re-assembly now. The engine bay and under carriage are done. A few more coats of clear and that should be it.



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