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Making custom windshields

RELATED TOPICS: WINDSHIELD | CUSTOM
Tip: I happened upon a tip for making custom windshields that may help some of your readers. It involves using home window insulation kits available at home centers such as Lowe's or Home Depot.

The tape in these kits is self-adhesive, and is intended to be shrunk with a heat gun after it is applied. For our purposes, cut a small piece of this tape, peel off the backing, and stick it around the inside of your curved windshield opening. Burnish it down tightly with your finger, a small dowel or a cotton swab.

Carefully trim the excess, then shrink the plastic even more carefully with a hair drier until it's wrinkle-free and taut in the opening.

It took me a few tries to get it right, but I still had plenty of material left over from the window kit.

- Craig Struthers
Indianapolis, Indiana


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