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Windshield Dots

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by EAR28, Feb 4, 2008.

  1. Feb 4, 2008 at 12:34 PM
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    EAR28

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    has anyone ever tried to remove the black dots on the inside of the windshield above the rear view mirror?
     
  2. Feb 4, 2008 at 12:43 PM
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    humanoid

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    Why would you want to do that? It's there to block the sun that your visors can't reach.
     
  3. Feb 4, 2008 at 12:47 PM
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    You'd probably damage the coating on the glass trying to remove them. I wouldn't do it (or suggest doing it) but if I wanted them gone I'd try carefully scraping one dot off with a razor or surgical blade. A dab of acetone might soften the dots a bit but it might also soften the coating.
     
  4. Feb 4, 2008 at 3:05 PM
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    The other threads are right, you are opening a whole lot of ass ache, if you don't like them , just order a windshield without them.
     
  5. Feb 4, 2008 at 3:32 PM
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    danusa

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    I have no idea of why you want to do that.
    But we use Goo Gone on evidence tape.
     
  6. Feb 4, 2008 at 4:28 PM
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    Thanks everybody. I was thinking about moving my radar detector above the rear-view mirror but it's sounds like more trouble than it's worth.
     
  7. Feb 4, 2008 at 4:52 PM
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    The dots block radar?
     
  8. Feb 4, 2008 at 5:11 PM
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    squad314

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    I've never considered removing them,but one thing I can attest to is that they generate a great deal of heat.For the bridge that I use often to go into the City center,we can get a common electronic pass device that you mount to the inside of your windshield with velcro.When I got my new Taco,I decided that the black shaded area would be perfect..,obscured by the dots so that it was inconspicuous from the outside.Well after only a week,the adhesive that holds on the velcro had become so soft that the whole unit began to slide down the windshield.This left me thinking that it was perhaps designed to absorb as much solar heat as possible to encourage defrosting in the winter.

    This may be something to consider if you were going to mount your RD with an adhesive of some type.
     
  9. Feb 4, 2008 at 5:33 PM
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    I can see the dots getting hot. A solar heating panel is basicly just a black surface behind a piece of glass.
     
  10. Feb 5, 2008 at 3:37 PM
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    I've got an electronic toll tag mounted on top of the dots and haven't had any issues. Then again, it's only been on about the past 3 months so it hasn't seen summer heat yet.
     
  11. Feb 5, 2008 at 3:52 PM
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    I've had my toll tag mounted there for most of this past summer with no issue's as of yet (knock on wood).

    Will the radar detector not work as well up there because of the "DOTS", or is it that the suction cups won't stick because of the "DOTS".
    I wanted to mount my radar detector up there also.
     
  12. Aug 17, 2009 at 10:11 PM
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    I work at a glass shop, those dots are pretty much on there for looks , there is no right way to remove them, it affects nothing in your electronics. Have you guys seen the black border on the outsides of your windshields? It's the exact same material.
     
  13. Aug 17, 2009 at 10:23 PM
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    Kyouto42

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    Those dots are actually pieces of metal. That's why it blocks the radar signal, let alone suction cups not wanting to stick to them. I will say I like the idea of it up above, my buddy does that in his 300zx and it's cleaner imo. However, on our trucks, having above would be detrimental even without the dots, as the detector should be lower to catch the radar gun blast. On small sports cars higher is fine, but on our trucks you'd miss the zone by quite a bit...
     
  14. Aug 18, 2009 at 1:12 AM
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    I have my fuzz buster up there it works fine, saved me a few times.
     
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