Andrew Foote
Mr. Induction
(817) 400-1060
(406) 334-5401


Quarter Encapsulated Glass

More and more glass is encapsulated glass with rubber molded around the outside perimeter of the glass. This can add another challenge to glass removal since the metal can get hot and damage the rubber encapsulation.

I have found a method that has met this challenge. The secret is in a thermal protective gel called Cold Shield. When this product is sprayed on the metal where the rubber encapsulation is touching, two things are accomplished.

First, it absorbs the heat for the period of time that the pinch weld is heating to the release point. Second, it provides a visual temperature monitor while someone is removing the glass. If the gel begins to bubble, it’s time to get the Glass Blaster head moving further around the glass.

The gel bubbling tells me the metal is hot enough to release the urethane without the "after the fact" oops moment.

If necessary, I will add more gel to the painted surface adjacent the encapsulation allowing additional time to apply additional heat to release the bond. The main objective is to be able to visualize the temperature of the metal by seeing wet gel next to the rubber encapsulation.

As long as I see wet gel, I know there is no risk of overheating the metal thereby melting the rubber touching the metal. That is the main key to eliminating any risk of damage to the encapsulation.

Encapsulated glass is expensive glass to replace with OEM glass. That is why it is so important to get the used glass out with accuracy and efficiency.