Taking care of your windshield or auto glass after a replacement is key to ensuring that it stays in good condition and lasts a long time. Your Pro Glass technician will be happy to answer any and all questions and will send you home with instructions for immediate care. To ensure your newly-installed windshield and auto glass stays in great shape, here are a few things you can do to safeguard it.
- Wait before driving your vehicle
- Leave one (or two) windows cracked open
- Make sure the area in and outside your car is clear
- Do not remove the retention tape
- Take it easy… no Off Roading
- Avoid power washers and car washes
The first day after your windshield has been replaced is the most critical. Therefore, consider protecting it by following these tips:
Wait to Drive your Vehicle
When replacing a windshield or auto glass, the glue and adhesives are used to hold the glass in place and to create a strong, waterproof seal all around it. It is essential that you give the adhesive enough time to seal, set and dry.
Keep the Area In and Outside Your Car Clear
As the seal dries, you do not want any foreign objects adhering to it or pushing against it. Do not place any covers on the exterior of your vehicle for two to three days after the windshield or auto glass has been installed.
Leave a Window(s) Cracked Open.
Air pressure will, sometimes, place extra stress on the seal around the windshield as the seal dries. To ensure pressure doesn’t build up, leading to leaks, leave a window slightly cracked. Consider doing this on the day the windshield is installed.
Leave the Retention Tape On
Windshield technicians may apply a retention tape on the shield to hold its molding in place and to ensure that the seal stays protected from the elements as it dries. While it might not look appealing, it is best that you leave it there for at least 24 hours after the windshield has been installed.
Avoid Power Washers and Car Washes
To make sure the new molding doesn’t shift or get damaged before it completely sets, please avoid power washers, automatic car washes, and high-pressure car washes. If you have to wash your vehicle within the first two days after having the windshield or auto glass replaced, then consider giving it a regular hand wash.
Be Easy on Your New Windshield
Try as much as possible to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on the adhesive as it sets around the newly-installed windshield. Gently close the car doors and avoid using roads with lots of bumps and potholes.
Our technicians with Pro Glass can help with any questions you may have about your newly replaced auto glass. Please do not hesitate to reach out any time. If you are searching for auto glass replacement we are happy to help any time. Give our office a call to set up your appointment – 512-930-1365 or stop by any time – 2303 S. Austin Ave, Georgetown, Texas 78626