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werD 07-03-2017 01:59 AM

So the Mazda3 picked up a %!@# rock or something in the windshield a couple of weeks ago.

I prefer replacing with a Mazda factory replacement (did the same with the MINI - got a windshield from the dealership), but it seems like Abra Glass thinks I'm a buffoon for the mere suggestion of this concept.

In the case of my MINI, the PPG glass was the best option aside from the OEM - but still had defects for many folks. So I paid the difference and installed a MINI windshield.

The Mazda doesn't have near the curve of the MINI and probably won't be as difficult to get good glass - but I'm still keen on getting the OEM install to ensure good frit, low defect risk, etc.

So that begs the question, who have you used recently for glass?

And how good was the glass you had installed if not OEM?

beken 07-04-2017 09:20 PM

I found the PPG glass on my MINI to be much better than the MINI glass. Though I have repaired a few dings on my current glass, I haven't needed to replace a whole windshield in a few years.

werD 07-05-2017 02:32 AM


LowCountry S 07-07-2017 11:15 AM

can't really say to the State makes insurance pay for them so I always make them put in OEM or PPG ...I liked the PPG because of less of the little black dots on the perimeter, makes it easier for my tint guy just seem to "bite in" more when hitting our cars compared to say my wife's GXP or any of my trucks, must be the angle... and the roads here are full of rocks and big rigs so I usually get a new one every year or two in the MINI (need one now in that and the Kia) :mad:

werD 08-06-2017 09:26 PM

OEM installed, and all is well. ABRA came through (and the installer was cool).

Now avoiding dump trucks and road debris...

Tit 08-07-2017 10:06 PM

We just did OEM glass on our Countryman. One chip in the corner and we had a foot-long crack by the end of the day. Soft glass!

werD 08-09-2017 03:36 AM


Originally Posted by Tit (Post 805380)
We just did OEM glass on our Countryman. One chip in the corner and we had a foot-long crack by the end of the day. Soft glass!

I can relate. I'd park the car, go in to the office, and come out for lunch to find the crack grew by a couple of inches in the heat... :eh:

beken 11-21-2017 07:42 PM

As soon as I see a chip, I fill it with that glass repair stuff. I think it's epoxy but don't know for sure. Sometimes you can still see the crack, sometimes, the fill makes the crack invisible.

Filling the chip prevents the crack from spreading any further.

werD 11-25-2017 09:06 PM

This one spread like mad, but I'm keen to try the epoxy seal on the next one if I can.

*Ace* 07-02-2019 03:54 PM

That epoxy stuff can be like the 'Red Dot' that is on the cashmere sweater on that episode of Seinfeld. You don't notice it unless you know it's there. Once you know it's there it's impossible to not see it.

I had a stress crack form on my original MINI glass(2002) and replaced with PPG. Thumbs up for PPG.

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