When you get a windshield replacement, the way you treat the glass immediately after installation plays a major role in the longevity of the window. During the first 24-48 hours after you leave the auto glass repair shop, your new windshield is most vulnerable to damage. To ensure the glass settles and bonds properly to the frame of your vehicle, there are a handful of things you must do.
In this blog, the experts at Only 1 Auto Glass share windshield replacement aftercare tips you need to know.
Let Your Vehicle Sit for a Minimum of One Hour
Immediately after the technicians complete your windshield replacement, your vehicle should sit for at least an hour to allow the glass adhesive to begin setting and drying. Avoid driving the vehicle during this time to prevent road vibrations, weather, debris, and other factors from compromising the adhesive’s ability to settle.
If you know you’ll need to leave the shop before the one-hour wait time is up, have someone come pick you up or have a friend or family member follow you to your appointment. Driving might sound relatively harmless at this point, but if you can potentially damage the seal on the glass by making even a quick trip, why risk it?
Don’t Slam the Doors!
For at least 48 hours after your windshield replacement, do your very best to avoid slamming the doors on your vehicle! The molding and adhesive that keep the windshield in place are still in the process of setting and curing throughout the first couple of days after glass installation. Any degree of force can interfere with that process.
Let the Retention Tape Sit
When you get your vehicle back, you’ll notice retention tape around the edges of the windshield. And although it might not be your favorite thing to look at, do not remove it!
That tape is designed to prevent debris from entering the area around the windshield seal. If you take it off, you dramatically increase the risk of debris interfering with the seal’s curing process. Ultimately, even a small amount of debris can compromise the integrity of the windshield’s seal and put your safety at risk.
Minimize Potential Stressors
Extreme temperatures (both hot and cold), as well as direct sunlight, heavy winds, rain, and pressure, can all interfere with the adhesive’s setting process. To give your new windshield the best chance of sealing properly, it’s best to avoid the following potential stressors for at least 24-48 hours after your windshield replacement:
● Parking in direct sunlight. If you can find a shady spot, park there. If you must park out in the open on a sunny day, use a sun shield at the very least.
● Driving in heavy rain. If the weather is particularly bad for the first couple of days after your windshield replacement, avoid driving if at all possible. Heavy precipitation can potentially interfere with the adhesive’s sealing process.
● Resting items against the glass. Keep the dash of your vehicle free and clear for at least a day after the installation and avoid using exterior covers. You don’t want anything resting against the window while the seal cures.
● Power washers and car washes. High-pressure streams of water can damage the molding around your new windshield when it’s not fully cured. Wait at least two days after installation to power wash your car or take it through a car wash. If you must wash your vehicle, use a regular garden hose instead.
Check out some of our other windshield maintenance tips for simple things you can do to keep your new windshield in excellent condition over the long term!
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