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A nice gentlemen blew my passenger window out on my coupe. I tried to vacuum as much as I could and used compressed air to try to move around inaccessible glass to get sucked up, however there is still glass that fell into crevices that I will never be able to get to. I was thinking of using that expanding foam stuff and trying to shoot it into the bottom areas in hopes that it will expand and keep the glass from rattling every time that door closes. But my friend said I would be plugging the drain holes and trapping in water whenever water gets into the door. Can anyone chime in on this idea? Maybe another solution would be to drill holes at the bottom and some how get a vacuum in through the bottom? That seems like a PITA...Thanks guys
 

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Have you removed the door panel?
Yeah I removed it and got everything inside that I was able to get, but the accessibility in there is tight. The glass I cant get to basically is at the bottom of the door beneath a metal lip. Kind've hard to explain, I can maybe get some pictures. Thinking about also calling a glass shop to see what they say but the foam seems like the easiest way to solve this but I dont want to trap water inside the door and rust it out. How much water do you think even gets behind the black rubber after the door panel is off, where the window sits when its down?
 

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A nice gentlemen blew my passenger window out on my coupe. I tried to vacuum as much as I could and used compressed air to try to move around inaccessible glass to get sucked up, however there is still glass that fell into crevices that I will never be able to get to. I was thinking of using that expanding foam stuff and trying to shoot it into the bottom areas in hopes that it will expand and keep the glass from rattling every time that door closes. But my friend said I would be plugging the drain holes and trapping in water whenever water gets into the door. Can anyone chime in on this idea? Maybe another solution would be to drill holes at the bottom and some how get a vacuum in through the bottom? That seems like a PITA...Thanks guys
Is it possible to use a shop vac with one of the flexible narrow nozzles for tight spaces to access?

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Expanding foam is like glue and will piss you off. Try using a small 1/4 or 3/8 hose tapped to your shop vac and suck it out, that works for be many times grabbing crap.
 

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terrible idea, use a smaller hose adapted to another hose or if it really bothers you remove the door and set it up so you can clean inside.
 

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What is the back story there?
Haha, funny you ask. It actually happened a few months ago when it was still cold outside. Car was in the garage for winter storage, went on a date with a new chick and wanted to impress her so I decided to take the nice car out. Got downtown Detroit and decided to be a cheap ass and not pay for parking in a casino or whatever and found a street. Got back to my car and was greeted with the smashed window. Every other car near me got the same treatment. Moral of the story im a dumbass for even bringing it out of storage let alone parking it on a poorly lit street downtown.
Expanding foam is like glue and will piss you off. Try using a small 1/4 or 3/8 hose tapped to your shop vac and suck it out, that works for be many times grabbing crap.
Yeah the stuff gets messy and I would assume it wouldnt go like I wanted it to. Thanks for that idea tho definitely gonna try that! Thanks everyone that chimed in, if it works good ill update

p.s. I did get laid that night, maybe she felt bad
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This happened to a friend on his duramax. He thinks it was his ex wife.

We pulled the door panel then got a long air nozzle hooked to an air compressor to stir up the pieces and run a shop vac with the crevice tool at the same time. Worked pretty good but took some time.


After we cleaned it up he slapped in a replacement glass while the panel was out.
 
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Can you not remove the door, flip it upside down and tap with a rubber mallet? This may dislodge some pieces siting at the bottom in between cracks.
 

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What about trying something sticky on the end of a small flexible stick?
 

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Haha, funny you ask. It actually happened a few months ago when it was still cold outside. Car was in the garage for winter storage, went on a date with a new chick and wanted to impress her so I decided to take the nice car out. Got downtown Detroit and decided to be a cheap ass and not pay for parking in a casino or whatever and found a street. Got back to my car and was greeted with the smashed window. Every other car near me got the same treatment. Moral of the story im a dumbass for even bringing it out of storage let alone parking it on a poorly lit street downtown.


Yeah the stuff gets messy and I would assume it wouldnt go like I wanted it to. Thanks for that idea tho definitely gonna try that! Thanks everyone that chimed in, if it works good ill update

p.s. I did get laid that night, maybe she felt bad View attachment 147127 View attachment 147128
While you are at it, you should plan on removing the passenger seat I promise there is glass under it that you can only get to with the seat removed. The glass gets everywhere, it looks like you have tinted windows, that may limit the glass distribution somewhat.
 

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Haha, funny you ask. It actually happened a few months ago when it was still cold outside. Car was in the garage for winter storage, went on a date with a new chick and wanted to impress her so I decided to take the nice car out. Got downtown Detroit and decided to be a cheap ass and not pay for parking in a casino or whatever and found a street. Got back to my car and was greeted with the smashed window. Every other car near me got the same treatment. Moral of the story im a dumbass for even bringing it out of storage let alone parking it on a poorly lit street downtown.


Yeah the stuff gets messy and I would assume it wouldnt go like I wanted it to. Thanks for that idea tho definitely gonna try that! Thanks everyone that chimed in, if it works good ill update

p.s. I did get laid that night, maybe she felt bad View attachment 147127 View attachment 147128
I was going to say, that sounds like Detroit.
 
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You dont want to put foam in the bottom of the door itll collect and absorb the water that makes its way inside the door. You could get a corrosion protective wax to spray in the bottom of the door it will leak out like crazy till it dries but the foam will hold moisture and cause a rust issue in the future.
 

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Can you not remove the door, flip it upside down and tap with a rubber mallet? This may dislodge some pieces siting at the bottom in between cracks.
That was an option I was thinking about too, is it hard to take the door off? Im sure its heavy as hell...
While you are at it, you should plan on removing the passenger seat I promise there is glass under it that you can only get to with the seat removed. The glass gets everywhere, it looks like you have tinted windows, that may limit the glass distribution somewhat.
There is most likely glass under the seat, but what i really care about is when you close the passenger door you can hear the glass that i couldnt get to rattle and its embarrassing lol couple of people have already asked me what that noise is....Youre right tho I am thankful to have tint because most of the window was still intact because of it
You dont want to put foam in the bottom of the door itll collect and absorb the water that makes its way inside the door. You could get a corrosion protective wax to spray in the bottom of the door it will leak out like crazy till it dries but the foam will hold moisture and cause a rust issue in the future.
Yea thats basically what my buddy was saying so im not gonna do that plus it would probably cause a mess...i think the guys that suggested a flexible tube connected to a vacuum and more compressed air might be my best bet, or possibly taking the door off but that sounds like a PITA...Thanks to all for the funny comments and good recommendations!!
 

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Glad I consulted you guys. Rigged up a rubber hose to the end of the vacuum and used compressed air again. Can't believe how much more glass I got out...it seemed never ending. When I thought I was getting most of it I banged on the outside of the door and more would come falling down. I got about 99% of it, I can still hear a very faint noise when shutting. Maybe Ill give it a go in the future to fully complete it but for now its so much better. This forum rocks.
 
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