Auto Glass Glossary
Normally attach with metal, nylon or plastic
retainers and is located on the left and right side of the
windshield between the roof and the hood. Auto Glass – glass
that is installed on a vehicle’s body.
Is the auto glass located in the very back of
the vehicle and some may refer to this as the back window.
See back glass above.
Used to hold the auto glass in place while it
meets the SDAT- Safe Drive Away Time.
Normally seen on old Toyotas and new Mercedes
auto glass. Hold a white piece of paper under the glass to
confirm the color.
A black sealant used on bolt in back, quarter
and side auto glass. It is also used in most windshield moldings
to help adhesion to the auto glass windshield.
An OEM brand normally installed on Nissan at
the auto manufacturer.
An OEM brands that is typical installed on Ford,
Lincoln, Mazda Pickup and Mercury.
The black or grayish panel the runs the length
of your windshield below the windshield wipers. Defroster-
is not the same as a heated windshield. The defroster is controlled
by the a/c and heater controls on the dashboard.
Is located around the perimeter of the frit
on most vehicles for extra decoration.
Automatically dim at night when someone high
beam shines onto the mirror to reduce glare.
Please see our
Photo and read our Blog
about the Third Visor Frit.
The most common color of modern windshields.
If you are unsure the color hold a white piece of paper to
the inside of the windshield and look from the outside to
confirm the color.
Most vehicles are not heated. Look for a horizontal
line near the lower part of your windshield. The color is
typically black to gray or may be gold. Land Rovers have a
wire mesh embedded into the windshield. Infrared
Two layers of plate glass are sandwiched between
one layer of PVB that reduces noise and actually cracks similar
to a front windshield.
Is a auto glass technician knife used to remove
auto glass urethane and assit in removing auto glass.
Attaches to the perimeter of the windshield
either on top, three sides or in rare cases all the way around
the glass. Normally made of rubber or metal and should be
replaced when your windshield is replaced since it may tear
or the butyl or adhesive that is on the molding separates
when removed from windshield.
Is a sensor attach to the front windshield.
When turn on it will detect when it rains and turn your windshield
wipers on automatically. It is located near your rearview
mirror and is typically visible from the outside.
Located on the sides of vans and utility vehicles.
They may be between the front doors glass and the quarter
windows. Some even open outwards.
Means the auto glass does not open.
Located on the roof and it may open.
The color of the auto glass or may be considered
Adhesive used to attach the auto glass to the
vehicle. We use Dow Chemical BetaSeal 1 with a 1 Hour Safe
Drive Away Time ( Data
on BetaSeal 1 PDF File)
The glass located normally in the back door
and does not move. Older vehicles may have these on the front
doors either moveable or stationary.