windshield recommendations

Lee Levitt lee at
Tue Apr 3 09:55:55 EDT 2007

The only way to get a good result is to hand select an installer 
and hang out while the work is done.

I would *never* to go a chain for my glass work. I've seen the 
results of this work -- leaks, rust under the windshield, etc, 
results that do not surface for years after the work is done.

I *only* go with a local guy who owns the business and comes to my 
house to do the work. It always takes some extra time dealing with 
my insurance company, but it's worth it...

I usually help him lift the new glass into place. Once the car is 
done, it's parked for at least 24 hours to let the stuff set up 

A good installer will have a can of fast drying primer to treat 
the entire area under the trim, reducing the likelihood of rust.

He will take his time and spend at least 2 hours from start to 
finish. You do not want a quick job here. You do not want it done 
in the parking lot at work. You do not want to be the last job of 
the day...

Oh, and by the way, my guy is Donny Cotton, owner of the Village 
GlassSmith in Wellesley, MA. Highly recommended. Mention my name.

Just my .02

'99 A6 quattro avant
'97 A6 quattro avant (with new windshield)
'96 A6 quattro avant

"Vittorio Bares" <Vittorio.Bares at> writes:

> I'm not sure what point you're trying to make - but I guess you 
> agree
> that when you're having your windshield done - beware, it's a job 
> that
> requires using sharp blades and the probability of damage is high 
> due to
> market pressures that glass industry is under. Make sure the 
> installer
> takes the prescribed preventative measures to protect those areas 
> that
> are damaged. And further if you're there watching more care might 
> be
> taken in doing the job and if damage extends to visible parts of 
> the car
> you might be able to get it fixed.

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