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    So,
    windscreen on my beautiful Susana ('72 DS21 Jubilé) got cracked.
    Hit a... let's call it a stone, details are too smarting at the moment, at 80 KPH.



    So I'm sourcing a new windscreen.
    Sassen says, €200, but to ship it to Mallorca, €160.
    Citroservices (who are usually exceptionally good at shipping) say €200, wait for shipping quote.

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    After quite a wait, I contact Marco directly, he says, these new windscreens are really fragile, you breathe on them, they break.
    Now my "old" one, I throw it around the warehouse, it laughs. And it's already badly cracked.
    I hit it with a hammer, it laughs. And it's already...

    So I think, do I really want a new one?
    It seems I can get old ones, even one locally. They're all white. This car has all tinted green glass.
    The local one is even Triplex, mine was Duplex. Green, though.

    So I think again... maybe a green film on the inside?
    Something like this?

    Has anyone tried this sort of thing?

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    Hello, how bad is the crack? Can it be repaired?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don B. Cilly View Post
    So,
    windscreen on my beautiful Susana ('72 DS21 Jubilé) got cracked.
    Hit a... let's call it a stone, details are too smarting at the moment, at 80 KPH.



    So I'm sourcing a new windscreen.
    Sassen says, €200, but to ship it to Mallorca, €160.
    Citroservices (who are usually exceptionally good at shipping) say €200, wait for shipping quote.

    After quite a wait, I contact Marco directly, he says, these new windscreens are really fragile, you breathe on them, they break.
    Now my "old" one, I throw it around the warehouse, it laughs. And it's already badly cracked.
    I hit it with a hammer, it laughs. And it's already...

    So I think, do I really want a new one?
    It seems I can get old ones, even one locally. They're all white. This car has all tinted green glass.
    The local one is even Triplex, mine was Duplex. Green, though.

    So I think again... maybe a green film on the inside?
    Something like this?

    Has anyone tried this sort of thing?
    I suspect that the difference could be that at least some of the new ones are noticeably thinner the the originals. I had to have one replaced recently and had to put in a one and a half mm plastic strip in the windscreen rubber to make it tight.
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    Oh, it's cracked really badly.
    Not repairable.
    I noticed though, one of those glass repairers here advertises "glass tinting" as a service... I'll call them.

    As to the thickness, I'll certainly measure it and ask.

    Thanks

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    I had a C5 with tint applied to the inside of the windscreen and over time (a short time) it started to exhibit scratches from wiping off condensation or cleaning or both. I replaced it with clear and instantly noticed that vision at night was significantly better. Interesting, I never realised that the tinted film had compromised night vision until I didn't have it.
    I do like the band of tint across the top zone of the screen however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tresbon2 View Post
    I suspect that the difference could be that at least some of the new ones are noticeably thinner the the originals. I had to have one replaced recently and had to put in a one and a half mm plastic strip in the windscreen rubber to make it tight.
    I think the grey windscreen rubbers are for the thicker laminated glass, but you can also get a black rubber for thinner glass. If you have any problmes/ leaks, then maybe that's an alternative option for you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don B. Cilly View Post
    Oh, it's cracked really badly.
    Not repairable.
    I noticed though, one of those glass repairers here advertises "glass tinting" as a service... I'll call them.

    As to the thickness, I'll certainly measure it and ask.

    Thanks
    Hello, are they able to order a screen for you? Can you claim it on your insurance?

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    AGE said they'd "look into it" and let me know. They haven't yet.
    Tinting seems to be out of the question.
    No one here has that sort of shade. They are all much darker and not fit for a windscreen.

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    I have a similar problem with a clear replacement windscreen, waiting to be installed. I've looked at a few solutions, tint film, professionals tinters etc etc and nothing has been satisfactory. I'd rather have no tint than the wrong tint. Part of my issue is that the original windscreen has a vignetted tint which looks quite classy and evidently impossible to duplicate. However, I am not giving up and my next effort is to talk to a stained glass professional and see what they say.
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