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Old 10-25-2012, 02:32 AM   #31 (permalink)
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What are the weight savings compared to oem glass?
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Is this still open? I PM'ed approx two weeks ago to get shipping quotes and haven't gotten a response. Would love to get my hands on this if my question can be answered!
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What are the weight savings compared to oem glass?
The OEM Glass weighs in at 11.5 lbs bare glass only. No defrost, no hardware, no seals, etc. Just the glass as it comes from Mazda.

The G-Shield weighs in at just under 5 lbs. Again, no hardware etc.
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:15 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Any front windshield replacement offering in the future? Like a limited GB run of 5 or 10 would be interesting...
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UPDATE:

The G-Shields are in fabrication at the moment. I was informed over the weekend not to expect anything until at least after SEMA. I was surprised to hear our fabricator had to relocate his oven to accommodate our order. They never do pieces this large, so it makes sense. So last I was informed, the oven was finally hooked up.

All the vents are in stock and ready to ship, so we are just waiting for the actual G-Shields and we will start shipping.

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Any front windshield replacement offering in the future? Like a limited GB run of 5 or 10 would be interesting...
We had considered this. We will be doing some research on this to see if there is any reason we shouldn't.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:41 AM   #37 (permalink)
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I'll take the bare window, large 6pt washer set, and if possible just the gasket that comes with the 16pt hardware kit? Shipped to 94596.
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If we use the oem mounting points can the window be installed without having to see the bolts just like oem?

I would love a new window but don't like the whole rivet look.
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:01 PM   #39 (permalink)
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If we use the oem mounting points can the window be installed without having to see the bolts just like oem?

I would love a new window but don't like the whole rivet look.
The fact that Mazda mechanically fastened their glass to the hardtop this way, we cannot recommend anyone NOT using some sort of fastener in the same locations. I would consult a windshield replacement professional on this topic.

I can tell you few years back I was doing windows for the Honda S2k Mugen replica hardtops, and they we glued in with absolutely no issues.
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Ok, I just didn't know if you could glue them to the fasteners on the inside or if you had to have them fastened from the outside like the rest of the rivets.
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Any updates ? Free bump to the top.
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Update:

Sorry for the delay guys. I just got back from our fabricator and they have a stack formed already, but none have had any of the finishing steps done. There was a breakdown in communication on their end since they have 2 "bosses" running their production. Somehow they were under the impression we wanted our entire order delivered at the same time, so they are doing it in separate steps. I clarified with them and I expect to be shipping by Monday.

I will let you guys know when we have them in our possession so you can know when to expect them to arrive.
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Thanks!
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:11 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

I just got a call from our fabricator and he's telling me to not come to pick up the G-Shields until Tuesday toward the end of the day. He explained they are just taking longer than he expected. He's always been straight with me, so I'm sure this is the case. How this will affect the pricing of our next batch is yet to be seen.

I wish we had more control over this. These are the hurdles of the initial run of any product. We are going to have everything ready to ship before we even pick them up, so rest assured we will be shipping as soon as possible. I know some of you are really in need of this product, so we are trying our best.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:25 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Who makes the twist vents your supplying with the G-Shield?
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:39 AM   #47 (permalink)
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Is today update day ?.......free bump
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Yes Bovaco, it's update day!

If you got in on the initial run early, meaning before this week, your G-Shield shipped today. I was hoping to get you guys an update sooner, but we have been getting the last details ironed out all day today. I was surprised how long it took.

We have not had a chance to make our instruction page as of yet, but will be doing that shortly. This will be for the people who want some direction on how we did ours.

Also, it's looking like the Pop-Vent holes are what the hold up was. This may not be an option from us in the immediate future. So if there is interest in this, please let us know asap. Otherwise it may end up being something that needs to be done by the customer. I have personally done quite a few and it's not that difficult with a little time and a Dremel.

Last, we would like to thank you guys for being patient with us through this initial run. Things took longer than expected, and you guys were FANTASTIC! Like we always say, Project-G has the very best customers!

Thanks again!
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Thanks for the update. Looking forward to the instructions.
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Yes, you guys are the best.
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Just got mine in today, and it looks amazing. Thanks project-g for another great product
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Agreed, can't wait to get it installed. Will post pictures when done
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Any tips on getting the pop out vents installed?
It appears as though you just squeeze them until the rear flanges will both fit through the opening but I don't want to break anything.
Product and packaging look amazing btw.
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My window arrived today. The guys at projectG are the best, their merchandise, packaging, and presentation are second to none. It's no wonder they have become such a successful business. Keep up the good work guys.
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My window is here!
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BTW who does your print work? That's some quality shit.
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Any tips on getting the pop out vents installed?
It appears as though you just squeeze them until the rear flanges will both fit through the opening but I don't want to break anything.
Product and packaging look amazing btw.
Just squeeze them. It's scary the first time, but you get used to it. If the window is out of the car, I found it's easiest if I have one edge of the window braced against my gut, then pull the far edge to pop it in. I've never seen any vents break. Just be careful to not damage the window.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:44 PM   #58 (permalink)
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G-Shield Helpful Tips.

As it’s been stated many times, Professional Installation Is Highly Recommended. We know there are plenty of you out there who are more than capable of doing this yourself, but at the same time we know there are plenty of you who are not. So just be honest with yourself, put your pride aside, and answer the question, “Can I comfortably do this myself?” If the answer is “Maybe”, then seek professional help. For someone who is familiar with working with plexiglass, it should be a breeze.

Ok, so you’re still reading, so I’m assuming you feel this is something you can do. The first piece of advice I want to give anyone tackling this project is, TAKE YOUR TIME. There is no reason to rush this. It will take far more time to replace this if you screw it up than any amount of time you can spend doing any of these steps. So remember, TAKE YOUR TIME.

To cut or shape the G-Shield I have found a Dremel Rotary Tool to be the ticket. THIS INCLUDEDS CREATING HOLES FOR HARDWARE. I have read write-ups in the past advising of special drill bits, and special cutting blades, etc. I have found in my past experience there is still a pretty high level of risk involved with these methods. Using a Dremel Tool and only 2 different bits, I have successfully shaped literally hundreds of pieces of polycarbonate and acrylic without any damage from cracking. I’m not saying I haven’t messed up, I’m simply saying no damage from cracking.

Below are the tools I am speaking of: Dremel Rotary Tool, High Speed Cutter #194, 60 Grit Sanding Band #408:




To make any holes on the G-Shield, I found the High Speed Cutter works well. I just mark where I want the hole to be with a Sharpie, and I proceed to make the dot the exact size and shape I want it. Then I use the Dremel Tool with the High Speed Cutter to SLOWLY make a hole in the center of my mark. Then I SLOWLY remove the material and any of the Sharpie mark I have left. Take your time, it’s not a race.

Doing larger holes becomes slightly more work, but equally as easy. It just take a little more time, but is actually easier to do it nicely. After finding where you want to make the holes, figure out EXACTLY what size you want to make it. Then divide that measurement in half, and use a compass and use 2 of the sharp points. Make it the measure you came up with after you divided in half and proceed to scribe your circle. I make sure I really make a good center point before starting the circle. Take your time to set that center point. This is more important than the actual circle you are going to scribe, because you can keep coming back to this point if you lose it.



Once you have your circle marked, you can proceed to cut it out using the Sanding Band (Drum).



REMEMBER, TAKE YOUR TIME. Again, this is not a race. Also remember, YOU CAN ALWAYS REMOVE MORE MATERIAL, BUT YOU CANNOT ADD IT BACK ONCE YOU REMOVE IT. So better to have to keep removing more, than to go too far. Try to keep the angle of the Sanding Band perpendicular to the surface of the G-Shield. This will ensure it does not make the hole too large or too small on the inside face of the G-Shield.



Here’s the finished hole. People ask how do I get it so perfectly round. I just take my time and make sure I don’t remove too much material. The Sanding Band is pretty forgiving, but it does have the potential to really mess things up if you’re not paying attention.



Here’s with the vent installed. It wasn’t that bad now was it?

G-Shield Border

If you choose to paint a border around your G-Shield, we used Pactra Outlaw Black paint. This is a paint made by Testors, specifically formulated for plastics such as polycarbonate used on R/C cars.



The main reason we recommend some sort of border is there is no way for the adhesive to lay uniformed all around the edge. So by painting a border, it ensures the edges will have a very finished appearance.




For our G-Shield we decided to paint a 1” thick border around the outer edge. We fought with the idea of painting the outside or inside surface. Painting the inside produces a glossy border, where as painting on the outside surface would produce a matte finish.

Pros:
Inside – Glossy finish, OEM look, protected from the elements.
Outside – Matte finish, Clean custom look, can be touched up if needed, allows the adhesive used in installing the G-Shield to adhere to the material itself. This ensures the strongest possible bond.

Cons:
Inside – Can’t be touched up (easily), adhesion of G-Shield relies on the adhesion of the paint. If the paint doesn’t stick, the G-Shield doesn’t stick. (This should be a huge consideration)
Outside – Paint is exposed to the elements. Can be scratched.

Other options:
We have seen people use black or colored vinyl on the outside to cover the adhesive areas and in our opinion looks really good. We have also seen it left bare, and although it doesn’t look quite as clean and sharp, it doesn’t look bad. So depending on how particular you are, or what you are after, it may not be necessary to spend the time to paint the border.
Another option which we have done on our personal cars is to not even glue the G-Shield in. We went for many months only using both hardware kits we sell to secure the G-Shield in. This allowed us the ability to remove the G-Shield to clean it, or to take a drive with the hardtop only, with no rear window. It’s a new experience and quite enjoyable. To make it easy, we used the appropriate wing-nuts to secure the G-Shield. It took about a minute to remove the G-Shield completely.






Really this part of the installation is a personal touch. Take the opportunity to “make it your own”. You may come up with a design that looks even better.
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I just ordered one. Anyone care to post some pictures of theirs?
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What are the larger bolts on the window for? i know the smaller holes around the window are to bolt the actual window on, but the larger bolts look like they dont do anything?
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