Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
About PolyShields®

Q. Isn't a "polycarbonate" windshield just a fancy name for a "plexiglass" windsheild?
Q. I've seen other polycarbonate windshields advertised - are they the same as a PolyShield®?
Q. Are PolyShields® street legal?
Q. Are PolySheilds® safe?
Q. Wont a PolyShield® scratch under the use of wipers?
Q. How will a PolyShield® hold up to ice and snow?
Q. If these things are so great, why isn't everybody using them?


Q. Isn't a "polycarbonate" windshield just a fancy name for a "plexiglass" windsheild?
A. If you take nothing else away from this FAQ, know this: PolyShields® are NOT made of plexiglass. PolyShields® are molded from space a aged polycarbonate material made by G.E. (marketed under the brand name "Lexan"). Polycarbonate is known for it's virtually indestructible properties. For more detailed information on polycarbonate - see our technical info page.

Q. I've seen other polycarbonate windshields advertised - are they the same as a PolyShield®?
A. No! While polycarbonate is 250 times stronger than glass, it has (up until now) had the down side of being easy to scratch. Our PolyShields® solve this problem by being coated with our exclusive scratch resistent coating inside and out. This brings the level of abrasion resistance of a PolyShield® to within 0.3% of factory glass!

Q. Are PolyShields® street legal?
A. We are not aware of any federal or state regulations prohibiting the use of PolyShields® on the street by a private individual. However, you should check your local regulations to be sure.

Q. Are PolySheilds® safe?
A. If you are looking for somebody to promise that you will survive every possible form of vehicular accident one might possibly encounter - see your priest or clergyman. But we can tell you this: PolyShields® are incredibly strong, but yet flexible. The mounting system will fail long before the shield itself does. This means you don't have to worry about being thrown through a PolyShield® and get shredded by pointy shards. In the event of an accident, the odds are the shield will pop free of the windshield frame and you both will go sailing. In fact, we have several customers who have rolled their vehicles to the point of twisting the windshield frame. They simply picked up their PolyShield®, bought a new frame and installed the original PolyShield® back in it. And it still looked good as new.

Legal Disclaimer: Look....anything is possible. We suppose you could impact in such a way as to snap a PolyShield®. It is unlikely, but if it happens don't come back to us and say "you promised this thing wouldn't break". Wierd things happen. They could happen to you.

Q. Wont a PolyShield® scratch under the use of wipers?
A. Our exclusive scratch resistent coating is designed to hold up to the use of wipers. Even with mud, snow or dust under them. This coating has the added benefit of also acting like a permanent water repellent. Water will bead up on your PolyShield® even better than those temporary products you can apply to glass.

Q. How will a PolyShield® hold up to ice and snow?
A. While our exclusive scratch resistent coating is very durable - it is not impossible to scratch. We reccomend that you avoid the use of metal tipped ice scrapers. Most of the time a scraper is not even needed. Remember that your PolyShield is flexible. So often all it takes is to pound on the inside with your fist to crack and break up the ice and then brush it away with the snow brush end of your ice scraper. If this is not enough, you can gently scrape away the ice using a plastic tipped scraper.

Q. If these things are so great, why isn't everybody using them?
A. Everybody is using them! Well, maybe not everybody. You haven't bought yours yet. But winning drivers on the NASCAR circuit such as Dale Jarrett, Tony Stewart, Ricky Rudd and Bobby Labonte is using them. And the SCCA's Butch Leitzinger and Paul Gentilozzi have them. ARCA's Frank Kimmel does too. And all cars in all races of IROC. These guys can tell you that a PolyShield® makes that checkered flag look crisp and clear. So what are you waiting for?