Any interest in windshield glass etching stencils

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Any interest in windshield glass etching stencils

Post by retro-roco » Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:23 am

I have been offering these custom stencils for several years to the Chevy G506 crowd. Several have mentioned that they are also using them on other vehicles they own too.

The stencils are self-adhesive and are used to chemically etch the glass, and replicate the logos originally etched in the window glass. Here are pics of the stencil artwork:

Windshield Stencil

Side - rear window stencil

Please note that the outer "frame" lines are not part of the stencil, but indicate where they are separated from one another.

The stencils are intended for single use only, and for use on glass lying flat. If you elect to use them on glass that as been installed, the acid cream should easily stay in place; allowing for a good etch to be achieved. The removal of it WILL be more challenging though, requiring it to be wiped off with a wet sponge or rag. You will need to take steps to insure that the acid cream does not come in contact with exposed surfaces of your truck! I would suggest having a bucket of clean water handy, so any acid cream can flushed immediately with clean water if it does come in contact.

Here is a link to the FS post viewtopic.php?f=25&t=239696

I have created custom fonts that duplicate the etching stencils used by Libby-Owens-Ford (LOF) glass company, based on original glass photos provided by Chevy owners. The Chevy stencil kit included 5 stencils (2 windshield glass, 2 door glass and 1 rear window glass).

Any interest in creating a similar "windshield only" stencil project for all the soft cab trucks that are running around??
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Re: Any interest in windshield glass etching stencils

Post by waayfast » Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:51 pm

I just wanted to let you know that the stencils I ordered arrived safely in the mail! Thanks for offering such a unique item at such a reasonable price.

Amazes me to no end the amount of knowledge and talent of folks in this hobby.

As we discussed I am far from a expert when in comes to glass but I have installed quite a few windshields both commercially and on my own projects over the years. That's why I recognized the LOF as a major glass supplier. Question is -- were they the only supplier for glass during wwii? I have 4 G506 Chevies and the Ward LaFrance M1A1 Heavy wrecker here on the place. All of the glass markings look identical-- all are "LOF" 1941 to 1944 except one side of the WLF windshield, the font seems to be a little thicker but it is a post war replacement dated 1948.

I have 6 (and a half :D ) Cletracs on the place as well but not a one has even a windshield frame let alone any glass so I'm now curious if any tractors had safety glass. Any markings? LOF?

My guess would be that what ever your WWII truck may be --Stude US6, CCKW, Mack NO, Diamond T, etc,etc, if it came with LOF glass, these stencils are probably correct. I just can't imagine why LOF or any other glass supplier (if indeed there are any other) would have bothered to make different markings for different vehicles.

Anyone else on here care to share what their glass markings look like? Dodge, Jeep, etc? ( all makes invited LOL :). )


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