Automobile Glass Restoration

Date Bugs on your glass is an important detail for your restoration project. This is often overlooked or considered not important in a restoration. Some are not even aware that the date bugs exist.

Another important aspect in the replacement glass is black edging. This was a process that was almost always used on the 1930's glass. Restorers often only black edge the glass that is visible as in the edges of wind wings, when they were safety glass and the door glass, at the top. This is perfectly acceptable as the edge around the windshield is usually encapsulated in the metal frame.

Often too, the edges of the glass are not finished with a uniform radius and polished as they were originally. On a high end restoration, this detail is equally important. It is the attention to detail that sets one restoration apart from the other.

I am personally drawn to the restoration that is done to a high level of detail. I think it is a feeling of high respect and admiration when you run into that project that was done to a level comparable to what you yourself are passionate about.

I have a couple pictures of the original windshield and back glass in my 1937 Chevrolet pickup, and some pictures of 1936 Ford date bugs that I will share here. We reproduced the bugs on the 36 Ford Glass with an acid process. Bugs can also be done with a blasted abrasive process.

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