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Monday August 16, 2010

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 08/16/10

Ugh the power is off today- won't be able to fix it till after 6:00 pm tonight- doing paper work and working on our web page --- added fireplace glass --- yes its going to be that time again  --- lets just call it Fall.... with fires and smores ....  Halloween is one of my favorite Hoildays  --- decorations and ghooolish treats  ---- even though my kids are grown --- they still enjoy the party.    ...

Summer is Here --- But... School Starts for our College Students Next month

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 06/19/10

Most College Kids will be heading back in August.  Now is the time to have any Windshield Replaced  in advance before they hit the highway and also to fix any door glass issues they may have.. 

Any Student who has a soft top SUV--- may want to think about getting that replaced before you go  or to clean and protect your top and clean those vinyl windows. 

Since College kids and their parents have a limited buget we can suggest simple things to make there car more personal  and newer inside with custom seat covers-- that won't move every time you do , in a varity of fabrics .  See our custom seat covers tab to the left. (they all can be washed when they come home with laudry)--- floor savers (pop, mikey d's fries, shakes all end up on the floor--- or if they already have a headliner drooping we can fix that.. and replacment carpets are availble

Come see us and bring your college or highschool ID for our School Discounts

We also sell upholstery cleaners and fabric protectors to keep that interior looking good.

Not everthing can be done at home

by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 05/16/10

We know in these time saving money is a priority, BUT

We are seeing more and more customers trying to do their inteirors and tops at home - and when things don't go as planed- they bring them to us. Now not only are they paying us to redue the job- sometime we have to get a new convertible top because they cut holes in the wrong place and there is no way to repair the problem. They may be purchasing everthing all over again.

Some tops are okay to purchase again,  but when you get into some tops you could be talking thousands - because you may have to replace top, headliner and pads all over again. 

Some people say oh that much I can do it myself!  and save this money - but in reality - tops and inteirors need special tools and sometimes feness- to get them to come out looking the way we do. 

this  month we have had two customers purchase items and tried to install themselfs.

One had to purchase all new fabric and them paid us to install his item on his motorcycle seat. 

the second-  the customer attempted to put the rubber set window in their volkswagon top themselves.  When the top would not go in - they brought it to us. 

Yes we are able to "fix" the mistake  and get the window in - but since the hole was already cut into the top, pads and headliner we had to put it back in the same place- which was 1. too low ( they will not be able to put there top down) 2. Off center which really shows now that the glass is in.  There are a couple of other problems but those are livable.

Convertible tops are not an hour job.  They can take over 8 hours with more than one person working on them. We only use Stainless Steel Staples and our glues are for automotive tops which will last. And we have the correct tools to do the job.

We may have to put a top on - put it all together - then look at the top- if there are any adjustments - you take the whole thing apart - adjust - put it all back together and look at it again.  If we are not happy - we take it apart again - adjust - put it back together again  --- get the picture?  very time consuming--

So, please  don't try it yourself-- after we  install a top if properly taken care of can last 10 years. 

Thanks for reading


both these customer could have saved themselves a headach and money - by bring it to us first.


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by Sueann Blackwell-Merrillville Auto Glass & Trim on 05/01/10

Ansewing question on convertible tops;

can you repair a shruken convertible top?

The only way is to replace the top and rear curtian - once the fabric has shrunk there is nothing that can bring it back.

2. Removing mildew on the inside of the convertible top?

One you must find out why there is mildew

If you top is old your fabric could be breaking down and leaking water through itself. If this is the case your convertilble top and rear curtain should be replaced.  

2nd could be just condisation - in wet rainy weather - on the next nice day leave your windows cracked to evaporate the moisture. 

you can clean you interior of your top with mild soap and wanter - never bleach products. leave window open to air dry.

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