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November 7 2013 at 11:18 PM
Dave Krugler  (Login dkrugler)


Response to Anodized or not?

Hi Craig; I'm betting some windshields were anodized, some were not. I'm pretty sure mine was. I painted for several reasons. If it was anodized there was no way to replace the anodizing economically at least. Part of my repair was plugging all kinds of unscheduled holes drilled in the aluminum which was accomplished by drilling holes out and tapping to accept aluminum rod to ultimately fill the hole. I coated the threads of the rod with industrial epoxy to keep the plugs in place and fill the slight gaps between rod and frame. Polishing would have been hard because of the remaining anodizing and you would likely see the repairs. Painting was then a logical last step, not real labor intensive, pretty durable over the imperfect extrusions, covered the repairs very effectively, was very cost effective and was done in a day. If your windshield was originally polished and is not plagued with corrosion and unscheduled holes for sure you are on the right track to polish the pieces and I agree, they will look beautiful. Keep up the good work and post a picture of the completed project...

Dave

 
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