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Hi all, had Autoglass round to look at a chip in my windscreen - it has a crack underneath and the guy says I need a whole new replacement windscreen! Having looked at the usual suspects' websites it seems there is a clear and a brown tinted windscreen for the S4 Spider.

I think the one I have is clear, is there much benefit having a brown tint? Will it detract from the originality of the car?

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Yes I had thought that too - so I need a clear windscreen. I'm not sure then why a tinted windscreen is available unless some cars also had tinted side windows?

Autoglass have also said they'll need to keep the car in their workshop all day to fit it and that the gaskets might be hard to source - I was going to point them in your direction for parts actually! Should I trust them to do the work properly or bite the bullet and get Ian Ellis to fit and not get it done through the insurance?

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Go through the insurance every time. No disrespect to Mr Ellis, I'm sure he's perfectly capable. It's just that having worked in motor insurance for 25 years, most of the problems I ended up sorting out were the result of someone wanting to use their "own" repairer rather than using the insurers choice.

That aside, Autoglass spend all day fitting screens so they are pretty good at it. They did a great job on my 75 a few years back, even transferred the AROC sticker to the new screen.

Give them our number if it needs a new rubber and they can't get one though!
 

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i also need a new screen and my spider is an s3 89year and has brown tint....i may be wrong but understood all s3 were with brown and s2 were blue tint, but not sure on s4's, on the s3 its important to know if the scuttle panel retaining clips are in good condition as these can rot away and are held in under the screen not sure if same arrangement on an s4! its also important to check for any signs of rust forming in the lower frame corners while screens out as easy to touch a bit of 'kurust' or the like if so to prevent any spread...sorry if this comes a bit late...thanks paul
 

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i also need a new screen and my spider is an s3 89year and has brown tint....i may be wrong but understood all s3 were with brown and s2 were blue tint, but not sure on s4's, on the s3 its important to know if the scuttle panel retaining clips are in good condition as these can rot away and are held in under the screen not sure if same arrangement on an s4! its also important to check for any signs of rust forming in the lower frame corners while screens out as easy to touch a bit of 'kurust' or the like if so to prevent any spread...sorry if this comes a bit late...thanks paul
yep S4's has these little clips as well, which do 2 things: they hold in the scuttle panel, and, also the lower chrome window strip! Probably bu**ars to find as spares if they are rotted out! I took my scuttle off and they were fine, so i waxoyled the hell out of them to make sure they stay that way!
My S4 has no tint as far as i can see!
 

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That aside, Autoglass spend all day fitting screens so they are pretty good at it.
HA HA. That's funny :cheese:

You may have been lucky but the Aldershot branch are a bunch of cowboys who royally screwed the screen replacement on my Jag twice before I took it away from them.

A common Ford fiesta perhaps, as they do them all the time, but I wouldn't trust them with any kind of specialist car.
 

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HA HA. That's funny :cheese:

You may have been lucky but the Aldershot branch are a bunch of cowboys who royally screwed the screen replacement on my Jag twice before I took it away from them.

A common Ford fiesta perhaps, as they do them all the time, but I wouldn't trust them with any kind of specialist car.
Well i agree, better to give to someone who specialises as its all the detail thats important, like knowing about the scuttle clips to be in place, where they may suffer from potential leaks and how the trim is removed etc, glass fitters know glass well, but not individual rarer models but who knows, maybe ok...
 
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