Questions Asked and FYI and More!

Questions Asked and FYI and More!

Couple Web Questions

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 07/09/12

Should a convertible top be stored down? 

No. Convertible tops should be closed - If left down wear and tear can show on the sides plus they will shrink if left down for long periods of time- you may not be able to get them closed. 

My convertible top has shrunk! The material on my backgass is peeling away?

Unfortunately once a convertible to has shrunk - there is now way to get it back to new position.  Once the stitching  has come undone or your rear window starts to delaminate it is time for a replacement.  Tops are not made to last forever.  With weather, sun, rain it all takes its tole on your convertible top.  You can extend the life of your top by putting the right protectors on you top.  But on average you will be looking to replace a top every 7 to 10 years on avg- and how it is taken care of.


by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 03/13/12

YES! The Fresh Wave poducts you love are now on SALE  - only at

Merrillville Auto Glass & Restyling ! Stop by today supplies are limited to what we have on hand.

New Best Value Convertible Top Line

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 02/24/12

In today's economy we know the importance of offering a less expesive alternative for replacement. We know offer a one piece top with vinyl window for the below vehicles:

BMW/Z3 - 96-02

CAMARO - 94-02


MIATA MX5 - 89-05


Call us today for more information

We can make your cars interior look new again

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 12/09/11

Watching all these Holiday Car Commercials I wonder who could really afford to buy a new for Christmas. Really can't afford that new car but your just board or wish your car's interior looked  better? Really can't see spending $450 per month for the next 72 months?  For less than a down payment Merrillville Auto Glass & Restyling can make your car or truck's interior look new again.

  • Replace sagging or dirty headliners
  • Replace your floor carpet and add Custom Floor mats
  • Upgrade to Leather seats with seat heaters
  • Custom Seat Covers in Fabric/Vinyl/Sheepsking (these don't move)
  • Clean up your door panels and Clean your Interior
  • Accessories, window deflectors, tinting, running boards, chrome and woodgrain

We can make your car's interior look new again - giving you that great feeling a fraction of the new car price.

Come see us this Holiday Season- We can save you some money and you won't go into debt.

Hoiday Wish Book Now in!

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 11/28/11

Our Holiday Wish books are now in stock -- stop by today for your wishbook- even has a spot for your to fill out to give to Santa

Plus a free g

Gift Certificates are avaible

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 11/22/11

We have gift certificates for your automotive enthusiest

Aquapel and Wiper Specials

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 11/19/11

Check out our special on Aquapel and Wipers Blades!


Holiday are Comming at Merrillville Auto Glass & Restyling

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 10/29/11

We have our Hoiliday Wish Books in stock now - They are great - they even have a place to write down your wishes - Stop by and pick up your's now!  Don't wait till the last minute for purchasing automotive accesories- you want to make sure we can get them before the Holidays.  Also , Gift Certificates are available too!

I had a windshield installed. Took 3 hrs. I had lunch at the restaurant on the next property. Was all fine. My issue is that the rubber weatherstripping came loose and was flapping around. I had to pull off the hiway and tape it up. They used hardly any s

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 09/24/11

I had a windshield installed. Took 3 hrs. I had lunch at the restaurant on the next property. Was all fine. My issue is that the rubber weatherstripping came loose and was flapping around. I had to pull off the hiway and tape it up. They used hardly any sealant. I wanted to make sure it was done right, so I just got a tube of RTV sealant and put it in myself. Is now in excellent shape.

Found this review online.  I wish this customer would have brought his vehicle in for us to repair his rubber molding.  His molding were installed at the manufacture and sometime wrap around the glass. When he mention that we use hardley any sealant in his eyes.   You only lay one 5/16 high tranagular bead of Urethane- which is applied to the pinchweld of the vehicle- it should only touch the glass to make a secure bond to body and glass.  RTV should never be used on windshelds. Exspecially one that has just been installed. (depending on weather conditions it could take two weeks for the urethane to fully dry)   It is a silcone product, which can contaminate the urethane bond to body and windshield and falure could occur. (it has a slick property to it)  SDAT defines the amount of time that your car

Safe Drive A Way Times- Why it takes 3 hours:

The Vehicle is required to remain out of service until the autoglass part installed can properly operate as a safetydevice.

Cars with passenger side airbags require either more time or a faster acting auto glass adhesive to reach Safe Drive Away Time because of the additional strength necessary to support the deployment of the passenger side airbag. By adhering to the auto glass adhesive manufacturer's Safe Drive Away Time calculations, FMVSS requirements are met and your car is safe to drive.

No vehicle should be drivin at least one hour- And all recommend limt vehicle use the first 24 hours .

So, PLEASE  if you have any questions about your windshield repalcement - whether we do the install or not - feel free to give us a call-- we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Fall Beginings @ Merrillville Auto Glass & Restyling

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 09/24/11

Yes, again it is Fall,  and time to think about getting your vehilcle, boat and motorcycle ready for the comming months.  We have  a new shipment of 303 Products in Stock including the new 303 Speed Detailer - Patio Fabric and protector cleaners, Katzkin Leather Cleaner and conditioners for your Leather Seats - a must with the upcomming cold weather. We also have wiper blades and Aquapel Windshield Treatments for greater visabilty. Now is a great time for you to bring in your Cloth Convertible tops also.  We can clean and install protectors to keep it newer longer and to make sure your top is water protected.

Don't wait too long - Keep your car's interior and top looking new longer

Fall begins soon - Clean the Outdoor Funiture Now

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 09/09/11

Well, yes Autum begins Sept 23rd. Ugh... but we do have 303 Ptio Funiture care Kits- get it clened before you put it away.  Now get everything you need to clean, restore and protect your valuable Outdoor Patio Funiture in one kit, 303 has assembled this sampler kit for people who are seious about protecting their investments, Includes 2oz bottlesof each of:

303 Patir Funiture Cleaner

303 Patio Funiture Protectant

303 Fabric Cleaner

303 High Tech fabric Guard

All for $9.95 

In Stock NOW!!

Merrillville Auto Glass Face Book Page

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 08/24/11

We have been working on our facebook page and on it you will find cars in progress and our latest finished work- Sales we are having - Special from our Vendors and more- So Like us on Facebook and keep up with all the vehicles we are working on - Even keep up on the progress of your car online at Facebook.

Save Money on Pet Medications

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 07/02/11

My Daughter informed me (she is a Pharmacy Technician) That Target Pharmacy can fill your pet meds.

Just ask your Veternarian for the perscription - What kind of saving you ask? 

Well here is an example:

Cephalexin 250 mg  at  the Vet's   $16.25   at Target $4.00 Savings of  $12.25

Cephalexin 500mg  at the Vet's     $17.00   at Target $4.00  Savings of $13.00

Total Savings of $25.25

Fresh Wave Products in stock - even for pets

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 05/10/11

You don’t have to remove the pet to remove pet odor. Fresh Wave® Pet Shampoo is a natural, non-toxic way to clean and deodorize your pet’s hair and fur. Not only does Fresh Wave Pet Shampoo remove pet odor, it removes the nasty odors pets get into, even skunk. - Give Fido a bath this weekend and they will be smelling fresh and deodorized naturally.  Stop by $13.99

Convertible Tops- Leaking

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 04/02/11

Lots of questions about convertible tops last month about leaking and drips.

1. Convertible top replacements do not come with new weather strips.

  On most convertible tops - we do not have to take all the weather strips off to install a new top.  They may not line up exactly where the old top let them.   Your new top will be tighter than your old one (hence the break in period needed.) Your convertible top weather strips should be cleaned twice a year- and can be adjusted back and forth to properly align them together. Remember, your old weather strips could be compressed and flatted from your old top - so they may not be hitting glass and body like they should.

A top is basically a "skin" that goes over your existing frame and attaches in the rear and front- the sides are kept down by side cables. But remember if your car is a '98 - your weather strips, frame and components are 14 years old.

If you have had a new convertible top install and are having leakage problems you will need to have your convertible top weatherstrips replaced.

With that said - We would always recommend replacing ;

    * Convertible top
    * Rear curtain
    * Side Cables
    * Rear Cables (if applicable)
    * Pads Front
    * Pads Rear if applicable)
    * Well (some cars)
    * Complete Convertible top weather strips
    * Framing components that could be worn
    * Latch handles - they get worn and sometime also stretch.

The cost to do a complete Convertible top replacement with extra's could put it to the $2,000 range but replacing all the component on the frame with new will bring your top to top notch status.

See our convertible top page for more information on tops and care and cleaning

Question: Can I clean a plastic covertible top window with WD40?

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 03/09/11

(Google: "Can I clean a plastic convertible window with wd40")

Never Clean a rear plastic convertible window of soft top ( jeep, susuki, ect) with WD40. It will eat the plastic.  We carry the plastic cleaners for your convertible top or SUV Top. 

Always when you wash your rear curtain window - wet your window and rag before wiping - if you don't you could scratch you window badly. 

You should use the vinyl window protectors every month - it keep it clean and takes away fine scratches and protects the window from UV rays

Online Questions Asked

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 03/09/11

Optimum Online
(Bing: "can the glass in a soft top convertible mercedes break if you put it down in cold weather")

No-- it is not recommended to lower your convertible top when the tempertures get below 55 degress.  The top get stiff and shrinks and depending on age could make it rip and crack .  So the anwer is yes - you can break a convertible top glass when you let it down in cold weather -- also make sure nothing is in the way (well area) when lowering your top.

Big Snow of 2011

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 02/02/11

Well, I hope all of you are doing fine.  Of course we will be closed today.    Just spending time with the family and working on our website and Facebook pages.

Stay Warm, Have some cocoa  and we will see you Tommarow!

Our New Year's Wish For You

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 01/13/11

My Wishes For You:

May peace break into your home and
May thieves come to steal your debts.

May the pockets of your jeans
Become a magnet for $100 bills.

May love stick to your face like Vaseline
And may laughter assault your lips!

May happiness slap you across the face
And may your tears be that of joy

May the problems you had
Forget your home address!

303 Shower Shield -- Great for Kitchen & Bathrooms

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 12/21/10

303 Shower Shield - Great all around product

by Merrillville Glass on Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 11:30am

<span>Cleaning the shower is a lot easier with 303 Shower Shield, the only product you need to repel spots and build-up.</span>


303, makers of the renowned Aerospace Protectant, have a solution for preventing shower build-up that works in a jiffy. Shower Shield is literally a “shield” against spotting, soap scum, and mineral deposits. Here are the features that make 303 Shower Shield the world’s most effective repellant for showers and tile:


 Protection and Prevention in One. This product will prevent spots, film, mineral deposits, and mildew on metal, glass, stainless steel, ceramic tile, plastic laminates, fiberglass and even marble counter tops. My bathroom has a marble counter top, and Shower Shield works like a champ in keeping it clean and spot-free. Gone are the days of spending hours cleaning your shower, maintain a clean shower without lifting a finger.Also works great on granite sinks and counters. For shower and tub use lay a towel down on the floor too keep it off.


 Invisible Finish, No Residue. 303 Shower Shield leaves a transparent, protective finish on shower walls, tiles, metal fixtures, grout, and glass doors.


Lasts 6 Weeks or Longer. Before I started using Shower Shield, cleaning my shower was a weekly chore, and a long one at that. Now it is possible to clean in minutes, and not have to worry about this chore for six weeks. 303 Shower Shield constantly repels spots and soap scum, day after day, week after week.


Environmentally Safe. 303 Shower Shield is also non-flammable, non-toxic, and bio-degradable. There is no harsh scent, just the smell of fresh lemons with each use.


Use 303 Shower Shield on your boat and RV! The amazing protective coating repels water spots and mineral deposits on bathroom fixtures, counter tops, sinks, glass and fiberglass. When you’re vacationing, the last thing you want to do is clean. 303 Shower Shield makes it so you don’t have to!


16 fl. oz. spray bottle?