Glass treatment available through The Tire Rack online or by telephone

PITTSBURGH, March 15, 2005 – Do-it-yourselfers can now buy applications of Aquapel glass treatment from The Tire Rack, a high-performance automotive products distributor, either online at or by calling 1-866-353-5082 toll free in the United States.

Recently made available direct to consumers, Aquapel glass treatment causes rain to bead and shed off windshield and other automotive glass. It can be applied in as little as five minutes and last up to six months, according to Paul Recrosio, Aquapel business manager, PPG Industries. It also reduces night glare and makes it easier to scrape off ice, snow, dirt and bugs, Recrosio said.

A University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute study found as much as a 25-percent improvement in a driver's response time after a car windshield is coated with glass treatment, from four seconds to three. At 40 mph, that represents 58 feet – a considerable difference.

"Aquapel glass treatment is a natural fit for The Tire Rack, because our reputation is built on providing products that enhance driver and vehicle performance, thus helping customers drive safer," said Matt Edmonds, vice president marketing, The Tire Rack. "In our strict product qualification tests, Aquapel glass treatment truly did help drivers see clearer."

Recrosio said, "We're very excited consumers and car-care professionals can now get Aquapel glass treatment through The Tire Rack's online and telephone-based ordering system. It's easy and fast, and The Tire Rack's great service and reliability ensure customer satisfaction."

To order applications of Aquapel glass treatment online, visit and click on the ADD TO CART button. By telephone, call 1-866-353-5082 toll free in the United States (8 a.m.-8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ET Saturday). One application is $9.95 plus shipping, which is available via UPS Ground or FedEx for two- or three-day delivery.

Aquapel glass treatment is also professionally installed at many glass shops, body shops, quick lubes, car washes and other automotive service operations throughout the United States. For more details, visit

About The Tire Rack
The Tire Rack is America’s oldest and largest online performance source for tires, wheels, springs, shocks, brakes and accessories for domestic and imported automobiles, SUVs and light trucks. The Tire Rack offers online or on-the-telephone ordering, providing both consumer and reseller customers the opportunity to select from a diverse, in-stock inventory. The home to the sales, customer service, marketing and other support staff is in the South Bend, Ind., headquarters. Fulfillment of orders takes place from South Bend or one of three regional warehouses in Reno, Nev.; New Castle, Del.; or Shreveport, La., assuring quick and cost-effective delivery.

A bout PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries is a global supplier of coatings, glass, fiber glass and chemicals, with manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in 23 countries. Sales were US$9.5 billion in 2004.

Aquapel is a trademark of PPG Industries, Inc.


Jeff Worden
PPG Industries

Matt Edmonds
The Tire Rack
574-287-2316 x336