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Old 02-14-2005, 11:21 AM
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windshield color recommendations

This was a new one on me. I just got an estimate for the custom cut windshield glass for my rat project and the shop wanted to know what color I preferred: clear, green, or gray. The clear is the base price, the green adds $10 and the gray adds another $10. Is there some great advantage to going with the green or gray? I'd prefer the lowest cost clear version but will that have repercussions later on (like sun/headlight glare etc.)

(BTW, don't know if this is exactly the right forum for this particular question.)

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Old 02-14-2005, 12:20 PM
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Green is an OEM standard and give the car a sort of organic natural look. It doesn't look green like it sounds like it would. Clear is a little stark looking, thus the standardization on green. Gray is fairly recent twist. You can also get rose & gold tints.

For your low budget build, clear is a great choice. Bucks down!
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Old 02-15-2005, 07:29 AM
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I used gray on the 'J and it seems to be much better in bright sunlight- it wasn't that much more at the local shop here. They said it protected against UV rays also- but I'm no glass man! Just know it's easy on the eyes! The clear is what I've used in the past and it was always fine...
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Old 02-15-2005, 01:29 PM
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I had gray put in my coupe,one thing I noticed or it seems at night or headlights I get alot of double reflection out the sides.
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Zonk,

My theory is that odd light effect at night is due to flat glass. I know I get it in my '32 and I've talked to other guys with flat glass in the windshield and their side windows who experience the same thing. It can be really disturbing until you get used to it. It looks just like a car is coming at you from the side.

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Actually the gray windshields have been around for a while. I had one in my 1936 Chevy pick-up when I built it the first time back around 1980. The truck was two tone charcoal gray and silver and the gray tinted glass really looked good. The truck is going to be substantially different when I finish it this time, but I still plan on going back with the gray glass.
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Was wondering how do you-not-get the double reflection at nite or from headlights? My delivery project the windshield naturally is slanted back but the glass will be flat or I have seen one piece curved windshields advertised for it.
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I've seen a couple of the one piece curved windshields used instead of v-butt two piece. The curved windshields seemed to have a slight bit of distortion in the middle where the curve is. I do like the grey tint though --- plan on using it in my coupe.
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Now that the v butt has been brought up, I plan on a v butt in my 39, anybody have a tutorial on how to install? what rubber gap trim to use? aaaaaaaaand how much gap there should be between the edge of the glass and the body for install of the above requested rubber trim?

I plan on using the outmost lip and I believe the glass may stick up above the body line. Ive seen it done and I love the smooth look using the outer lip. Guess I would need a faily wide mouling to make the transistion.

Sorry about the thread hijack. But I do plan on using the grey glass.

1 more thing, on the new cars they have a black coating around the edges I'm guessing to cover areas that are not to be seen. Is it possible to have this done or a product to do this myself? I want to be able to hide the inner lip from sight.

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all i can say is not to use clear.
stea, you hijackin jerk, please pm me anytime you figure out how to get that window out or to move or anything else! same with the door glass. they are all rusted on my 40 chevy tow truck. also, if you know anyone in the market for it i'm dropping the price down to $1800.
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all i can say is not to use clear.
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