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Auto glasses- types and cleaning tips

Auto glasses- types and cleaning tips 

Summary- This article gives brief descriptions about the kinds of glasses used in cars and then gives tips about maintaining them.

Auto glasses are specifically designed to provide strength and support to the structure of the vehicle and protect the passengers (and driver) inside. 2 types of auto glasses laminate and tempered, are mostly used in modern cars. However, in older days (in the early 1900s), regular glass plates were used. But due to the danger it can pose in case of accidents, manufacturers soon turned to laminate safety glasses (in between 1919 and 1927) and tempered glasses (in the 1940s) for safety reasons.

Here are the 2 types of safety glasses in a bit of details:

  • Laminated glass- Laminated safety glass is made by sandwiching a thin layer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB), a clear flexible plastic film, between 2 or more pieces of glass. The plastic film holds the glasses together. Even if the glass breaks, they are held together by the PVB, thus preventing injuries from flying glasses. Laminated safety glass also blocks high frequency sound and ultraviolet radiations from entering the car.


  • Tempered glass- As the name suggests, tempered glass is manufactured by a process known as ‘tempering’. In this process, the glass is first heated and then cooled immediately, thus hardening the glass and increasing its strength up to 5 or 10 times more than untempered glass. Even when tempered glass breaks, they do so in small pebble like pieces with no sharp edges, thus making it less harmful.

Tempered glasses are mostly used for making the rear and side windows of automobiles.

Here is some auto glass cleaning tips for you:

  • Use a microfiber towel to clean your car window. Microfiber is extremely soft, absorbent and able to eliminate streaks better than either terry cloth towel, newspaper or paper towel. It traps dirt and dust, soaks up any persisting moisture and gives a clean shine to the car. Plus, it does not leave any lint on the glass like paper towel or terry coat towel.


  • Use cleansers that are specially designed for cleaning car windows. Avoid cleansers that contain ammonia as it releases harmful fumes that should not be inhaled, especially in enclosed places like inside your car. Ammonia also damages window tint.


  • Roll down the windows half way and clean the top edges of the glass.


If you are a resident of San Diego and are facing problems with your auto glass, you need not worry. There are many good centers for auto glass repairs in San Diego. Take your car to them, and the highly trained professionals will repair any problem relating to your auto glasses.


X is a renowned author. She has written many articles on different auto parts and how to maintain them. In this article she writes about auto glasses and gives some tips to clean them.