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I have a single crack from top to bottom and a slight fog from the wiper. I'm pretty sure the fog can be polished out, it's the crack I'm concerned about. I'v read several posts here, and it sounds like replacement is difficult even for experianced shops. Now I'd hate to mess up the bright-work, and have to find replacement parts, if they were even available? Looking at this, does it look like anything any of you have had success having repaired? Any recomended North or South Carolina shops?
 

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Yes I think its a goner. In fact, hereabouts it's illegal, a safety violation.

Others have posted about successful windshield replacements.
 

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No legitimate shop will touch that crack to repair it.

Removing the windshield is nasty, but pro's can do it; the local place put their best (older) guy on it; he warned me that he could not guarantee that he could remove the brightwork without damaging it (I bought new brightwork or refurbished some in both cases), but the only pieces that were damaged were the corner pieces, which aren't terribly expensive to replace. But plan ahead!

The younger guys at these glass shops only know how to do "gasketed" windshields, generally.

You will LOVE a new windshield; one of my cars has a Pilkington windshield, which is now apparently MB OEM; one has a "Chinese" windshield (because I paid for it, not insurance). The Chinese windshield may not have quite as nice tint at the top, but otherwise both are optically identical.
 

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Yep, point of no return, has to be replaced. On the bright side, it'll give you one of the best opportunities to do whatever you might need to do on the dash while the glass is out.
 

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Definately replace it. Don't let the dificulty of the job worry you, it's not rocket science you just need an experience installer. As FriscoSteve said, do whatever you need to do while it is out. If you have a dashboard crack, now's the time to fix it.
 

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I had both SL's done in my driveway a few months ago by Payless for $188.82 ea. Two hours and a great job. I used a 380sl for the quote because my 280's are'nt listed.
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I would go the route suggested by 3547fl and remove the brightwork myself. I'm guessing that the installers are trying to stay profitable and don't have the time to be as careful as I would be in doing it.
 

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I would go the route suggested by 3547fl and remove the brightwork myself. I'm guessing that the installers are trying to stay profitable and don't have the time to be as careful as I would be in doing it.
No matter who the installer is, he/she still has more experience tham me. :bowdown:
 

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It might well be worth the added expense of having them make two trips...

One to remove the glass, and a later one to install the new one. That would give you the opportunity for cleaning, repairing, etc...
 

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No matter who the installer is, he/she still has more experience tham me.
IMO removal and installation of the trim is more about patience than experience.

I'd prefer to let the glass guy/gal focus on gluing in the glass during the limited time that $188.82 buys me.
 

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I would let the pros remove the brightwork unless you are good at it. Also, I think you might get better results if you bring the car to their shop where they are working under better conditions and aren't in a hurry.

The chances of perfect, no-bend removal of the brightwork the first time you do this is not great, IMO. I have the right tools to do this (vinyl wedges), and those clips are very rusty and tight after 25 years. One broke off. I also managed to break my windshield further in the process of removing the top piece on my 560.
 
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