A quick refresher: car glazing is a kind of window coating that adds extra detail to a car.
You can find it on some of the more expensive cars, like the BMW M3, the Mercedes-Benz CLA or the Cadillac ATS.
The downside is that it costs more than you’d think, so some people won’t be able to afford it.
But the good news is that you can buy it for under $1,000.
Here’s what you need to know to get started.
Read moreRead moreMore”I really think you can get away with $400-$600 if you have the right parts,” says Scott Storbeck, a car glaze specialist and owner of Carglaze & Glaze in Fort Worth, Texas.
“You can get them for $1 or $2 a pop.”
He suggests buying the most common glazing material available.
You could get glazing for $20 on eBay, $30 on Craigslist or $40 on a car show.
“I would never buy something that wasn’t worth the money,” he says.
The cheapest glazing you can find is called window glass.
This is the glass that’s used on the front windows of a car like the Mazda RX-7, Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Malibu or Toyota Camry.
You might also see it on a Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata or Toyota Corolla.
Storjack says he’s seen glazing in some newer models of cars, such as the Subaru Impreza.
Glazing isn’t cheap.
But it’s definitely not a necessity.
It takes just $100 to replace the glass in a car, and it’ll last for many years.
And you can do it online or at the dealer, so there’s no excuse not to do it.
“The best glazing materials are the high-gloss ones that are made of a non-abrasive, water-resistant, highly scratch-resistant material,” says Storbox.
“They’re also durable, flexible, shatterproof and waterproof.
You’ll want to get high-grade glass to ensure you won’t break your car.
If you’re going to use glass for the front of a vehicle, it’s the best choice because it can withstand the highest levels of UV light.”
You’ll also want to make sure that the glass isn’t too thick, because it’ll give the car a false appearance when you look at it from a distance.
“A large part of the cost of glazing the windshield is to replace its adhesive backing,” says Steve Haines, owner of Hainesville Glass and Carglazing in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
“So you’re looking at a lot of money.”
He says you’ll need to pay for that after you remove the glazing.
“That’s a little more expensive, but if you want to save money, it will last for years.”
You might also want the best glaze for your roof.
Stora says a glass-walled roof, which is what most people will be using, is best.
It’s less likely to scratch or scratch your car than a glass one.
“If you can afford it, a glass roof will cost a fraction of a penny more than a standard car glazed roof,” says Hains.
But, he says, “If you want something with a glass surface and a metal surface, a metal roof will last longer.”
Haines recommends purchasing a glazing company that has an extensive car collection, and you can also find car glazes from companies like American Glaze and Carglass.
And if you’re still struggling to decide, there’s a good chance you’re getting lucky.
The cheapest car glaziers can often be found in car shows.
“The biggest problem you’re likely to run into is the window glass,” says Tim Smith, owner and owner-operator of The Brick House in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“If I’m going to spend a lot on glazing, I want the most premium glass that is going to last.”
Smith’s company sells a variety of glazes for the Mercedes, BMW and Cadillac models, and he’s also selling window glazes on eBay for under a thousand dollars.
“There are other ways to get a good glass than just through a car shop,” he explains.
“I think you could get away for $400 to $600 if they’re a bit thicker, but I’ve never seen a car that was ever priced that low,” says Eric Kugler, owner-director of American Glazing and Car Glazing in Dallas.
“In fact, it might be the perfect price for some people, but not for others.”
If you’re interested in getting a car glass, Smith recommends getting one that is both transparent and UV-resistant.
That means the glass needs to be tinted, and a clear window cover can be installed on the top