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I have a complete windshield (2006) with a tiny gouge/crack in it - what can I make with it ? Answered

My windshield had a tiny crack in it and I had it replaced a year back. Assuming the car's age , the windshield was made in 2006 and is really good except for that tiny gouge mark.

Can anyone suggest any ideas? I couldn't find anything on instructables as well as in any of the other diy sites and google didn't turn up anything.

Can any creative gurus help me out?

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bongodrummer (author)2010-04-27

Lay it flat, so that the edges are curved up, glue a small rim round the outside, and fill with water.  Now place it as the centre piece of your living room. Clear out all other furniture and behold your new designer seeing pool. Make a living making prophesies and telling people’s fortunes.   

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Arano (author)2010-04-12

you could make a big curved mirror... well a mirror with a crack... but you made it yourself..  adding a layer of silver isnt that hard it just involves 2 or 3 chemicals and an easy reaction...

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killerjackalope (author)2010-04-12

Make a stand for it, put it somewhere with space either side and use it as a see through whiteboard, write using drymarkers, either white or opaque blue ones...

Alternatively mount it to a wall at a right angle, making a big curved shelf thing...

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jrh065 (author)2010-04-11

 I suggest building a car around it. 2006 model something or other should work nicely :) Actually I think it could be worked into a water feature for the backyard if you could find a way to nicely mount it so that the water flows around on top then off one of the edges.

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RavingMadStudios (author)2010-03-13

If you have access to a kiln, you might be able to slump the glass into something interesting. Or you could build a treehouse with a picture window.

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lemonie (author)RavingMadStudios2010-03-13

If it's laminated, slumping it could be "nasty".

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RavingMadStudios (author)lemonie2010-03-13

Very true, or it could be very interesting. I've never slumped a windshield, but I think it would be worth a try.

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lemonie (author)RavingMadStudios2010-03-13

You ain't got a kiln big enough (I guess) - state me wrong?

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RavingMadStudios (author)lemonie2010-03-13

Not big enough for a whole windshield, but I could probably fit a third of an average-sized one without much trouble. Darn it, now I have to go to the junkyard and find one....

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lemonie (author)RavingMadStudios2010-03-13

Well you could "fold" it...

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RavingMadStudios (author)lemonie2010-03-13

That actually sounds like fun....

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nammavar (author)2010-03-13

Unfortunately I live in an apartment and don't have access to a kiln - the windshield is in the corner of the garage.

Since it is curved and big I have to take it to a glass cutting shop in any case to proceed with anything but I thought I would wait for some ideas first :)

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I figured as much about the kiln, but you never know. I have six of the things myself.
You don't really need a glass shop to make most cuts, unless you're going for something really intricate. There are some excellent videos on YouTube that tell you how to cut glass into many of the shapes you might want. As Lemonie has said, laminated glass is a little more complicated than regular plate, but the principles are the same.

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Kiteman (author)2010-03-13

Prop it over delicate plants as a cloche?

Build a bespoke cold-frame?

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Kiteman (author)Kiteman2010-03-13

Fix the crack, then double-glaze your car?

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Qcks (author)2010-03-13

Well... if you have access to a hammer and a large trash bag you can make a bunch of squarish glass beads.
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Windshield glass is hard to work with. it's usually curved and has otherwise odd shapes to it, and it's resistent to reshaping thanks to the plastic liners in it. Worse yet, sheets are specifically engineered to catastrophically fail (which prevents razor sharp glass blades from forming), so working with it can be dangerous.

My advice is to leave it be, but if you're bound and determined, cutting it into small plates might work.

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lemonie (author)2010-03-13

There are companies / businesses which will offer to repair cracks.

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