You have finally made it to the point of needing glass for your hot rod or custom car or truck project. So, what do you need to know?
There is a difference between glass for the windshield and for side or rear windows:
- Windshields use “Laminated Safety Glass”. This means there is an inner and outer piece of glass laminated to a .030″ thick plastic liner. This glass stays in place when it breaks. It is designated “AS-1”.
- Side and Rear Glass is traditionally made of “tempered glass”. This glass is very hard and doesn’t break easily, but when it does, it shatters into a thousand pieces. It is designated “AS-2”. The NSRA and other street rod organizations recommend that you use only “AS-1” in windshields — Never use “AS-2” for your windshield.
- Laminated Safety Glass ~ A finished windshield consists of two glass layers sandwiched around a plastic interlayer:
Note: When having your glass cut, ask them to place the engraved information logo in one corner of the windshield that designates glass type.