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Old 16-01-18, 01:30 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by msh View Post
This cutting method doesn't require removal of trim, on the contrary - it allows to preserve clip on chromed metal trim. Your trim, destroyed by that guy looks strange - my A90q has metal trims with hooks, reusable unless someone intently destroys it. Rubber trim is universal item, comes in some length and requires cutting to necessary length.
This is a problem that seems to pervade the U.K. Glass fitting industry- they have their own methods which are 'better', but often don't take into account the manufacturers recomended methods.

My V8s are a case in point. Follow the repair manual preocedure from Audi, and the glass is cut out with the trim intact on the glass. Then trim off the old sealant as close as practicable, before refitting. After providing the section of the manual to the body shop, the feckwit Pakistani proprietor still tried to pull the trim off separately! Some folk are just genetically predisposed to stupidity

However, having spoken to a UK Audi dealer, it seems that they elected not to invest in the correct kit themselves, nor have trained staff. Instead, they use an external contractor, who does as he sees fit. Often they have the kit, but apparently unless the instructions only come with simple pictures, they don't get it.
Which is OK while spares are readily available (in Audi world, that can start seriously running out from 6 years after the model is superseded)

In the classic ownership world, where the cars are well beyond the supported life of the model, a very different approach is needed. I dread anything related to bonded glass repairs on my cars. I'm going to have to invest in the kit myself, such that I know it might get done correctly
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