With the sun showing it’s face, many classic car enthusiasts are rushing to get their most precious antique in mint condition before spring arrives. Often though, owners have damaged glass that is keeping their fine specimen of an automobile from looking it’s best.
Any number of things can go wrong when you are talking about glass that is 40,60 sometimes 80 years old. Some of these cars have been through a dozen owners and inevitably someone along the line has scratched the glass. From body work accidents to old belt moldings to someone cleaning it with steel wool, rarely does a car make it five decades without glass damage. Sometimes age can even cause the glass to delaminate, where the inner and outer layers of glass separate from the polyvinyl laminate layer that holds them together, which is quite unsightly.
But many times classic car owners are reluctant to replace the glass for a myriad of reasons, the first being that the necessary knowledge just isn’t around anymore. Most glass shops aren’t familiar with the classic automobiles and the owner of a valuable antique can’t be expected to entrust their vehicle to someone who has never even seen one. We would expect to spend some TLC time with any antique automobile dropped off at the shop, classic car work is something that can’t be rushed.
Another problem classic car enthusiasts face is that the glass pieces themselves can be quite hard to find especially if they are looking for a windshield with the authentic “bugs” or manufacturing logos. Luckily some glass companies can now stamp the glass with the old bugs, to give replaced glass the appearance of the original glass, which is more important than people may think.
So now is the time for classic car owners to drop their “babies” off at a qualified glass shop to have that new and almost original windshield gleaming for springtime!
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