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Old 03-16-2015, 01:15 PM   #1
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I recently stepped in to another Miata, this time an NB with glass rear window. I've ordered a new Robbins top since the original is trashed. It seems a shame to just throw the window glass away. What do you guys do with your old windows? I've seen a couple for sale on ebay, but I can't think of any reason someone would buy one.

Coffee table?

Sew it in to an SUV hatch tent? (could still use the defrost!)

Or am I just being too much of a hippie/pack rat and I should just throw the darn thing away?
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I kept mine. Don't know why.

It is probably going to the dump soon.
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Do you own a sandblaster? Vinyl decals with words/pictures/logos are great for masking to do etching on glass. Use hardware store door molding to make a cheap frame. Make it smaller than the outside dimensions of the glass and affix it to the front of the glass with a good epoxy. Optional: Paint the backside of the glass with spray or brush. Optional, optional: Use two or more shades of paint and muddle, dab, drag, or swirl them for additional effects.

This also works on old picture frame glass.

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Do you own a sandblaster? Vinyl decals with words/pictures/logos are great for masking to do etching on glass. Use hardware store door molding to make a cheap frame. Make it smaller than the outside dimensions of the glass and affix it to the front of the glass with a good epoxy. Optional: Paint the backside of the glass with spray or brush. Optional, optional: Use two or more shades of paint and muddle, dab, drag, or swirl them for additional effects.

This also works on old picture frame glass.

/Martha Stewart
I do have a sand blaster. I also work with LEDs. A sandblasted/etched logo on the glass with some LEDs pointed in the edge of the glass would look pretty cool. Maybe a storm trooper helmet or something. It would be a neat "neon" sign or night light.
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I do have a sand blaster. I also work with LEDs. A sandblasted/etched logo on the glass with some LEDs pointed in the edge of the glass would look pretty cool. Maybe a storm trooper helmet or something. It would be a neat "neon" sign or night light.
Well, there you go.
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If anyone else has clever ideas post them up. I'm sure there are a ton of people staring at their old panes of glass and not wanting to throw them away.

Heated food/beverage tray utilizing the defrost perhaps? Probably a good way to explode the window though....
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