Len Olsen here,
Just got home, and caught this discussion even before I have time to see
what else you gusys have posted on this subject.
First of all, NO chrome trim needs replacing unless you force it, kink it
of otherwise damage it because of not knowing how it is supposed to be
done. I am going to repeat the following periodically - DON’T force
dry rubber, but always apply a soapy solution to the grooves prior to
opening them up or inserting chrome or locking strips
The tool I think you’re referring to is a “Windshield Locking Strip Tool”.
It has a screwdriver type handle and across the tip is a wedge shaped “T”
bar for inserting in the rubber groove to spread it open for either the
chrome or the locking strip. This is also a double action tool that inserts
the locking strip at the same time as it opens the gap (strip is fed through
the hole in the tool, much the same way as a rug makers hook works). This
tool should not be used on the actual chrome (only on the rubber gasket and
the rbber locking strip). It is perfect for opening and stretching the
groove or channel.
DON’T force dry rubber, but always apply a soapy solution to the
grooves prior to opening them up or inserting chrome or locking strips
I think we are dealing with a few different types of windshield
“installations” here on our XJ-S’s. Take my '85, for example. It now has an
“American” styl installation, as I have a new windshield and gasket
installed (urethane bonded, no locking strip needed, original chrome
re-installed.Rear window, original glass and gasket, but cleaned out of
DPO’s junk sealant and resealed with 3M urethane rebedding compound #0809.
BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THE REAR WINDOW GASKET. It may be too brittle to
extract the chrome locking strip without cracking the rubber gasket. If the
rubber has tuned to plastic, IT CAN be sealed externally
with the 3M urethane. It will still have to have to be scraped and cleaned
thoroughly using wood instruments made from paint stir sticks.
I have attend to something else right now, but communicate with me, and I’ll
get back to you guys.
(excuse my typos etc., my spellcheck is non-functional).----- Original Message -----
From: “Donald C. Buresh, Jr.” firstname.lastname@example.org
To: email@example.com; “Duncan Smith” firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2001 3:39 PM
Subject: Re: [xj-s] Wiper grill/cowl rust; water leak from air conditioning
My experience with re-installing the chrome trim after windshield
replacement is that the groove that the trim is inserted into needs to be
“opened up” with a proper trim tool before installation. This tool looks a
lot like a cotter pin puller but is bent 90 deg. so that it resembles a
If you run this tool though the groove FIRST, it frees the groove in the
rubber strip sufficiently that the chrome trim can be inserted fully. I
this from painful experience (sharp edges) trying to force the trim back
into place before opening up the groove.
If Len Olsen is reading this, perhaps he will assist in describing this
and its proper name.
The original trim will re-install quite nicely after cleaning the grooves.
As a small aside, the window guy was not going to seal the gasket until I
demanded it, both to the body and to the windshield. This is extra work
them, but stand by your guns! What good is a guarantee if they have to
back and remove all of the chrome again? What is your time and aggravation
For the first time since owning my car, I can see CLEARLY at night and
EVERYTHING stays dry.
-Don Buresh, 1991 XJ-S V12 Coupe, Classic
– Original Message -----
From: “Duncan Smith” email@example.com
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2001 11:42 AM
Subject: Re: [xj-s] Wiper grill/cowl rust; water leak from air
Further to resealing the windscreen: my dealer just said that the entire
chrome trim usually needs replacing as it won’t go back afterwards. Is
that people’s experience?