Best Practices to Take Care of Your New Windshield

You’ve just got a new windshield and feel much better about your car’s safety and visibility. However, you can’t just return to driving as normal. You must take some particular measures to ensure your new windshield will be with you for the long haul.

Here’s our guide to taking care of that new windshield and why it’s worthwhile.

#1: Don’t wash your vehicle yet

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Even though it looks like your glass has been magically held in place, there is an adhesive that glass replacers use to keep that new windshield where it’s supposed to be. It’s super strong, but it’ll take some time to dry. The water and soap from a car wash can unstick the adhesive’s seal, so you’ll need to avoid washing your car for as long as you can stand it. If you absolutely cannot wait, most adhesives will be dry within 24 hours.

#2: Drive easy

Your windshield will take some time to properly be set, so drive as easily as you can for the first few days. That means avoiding bumpy roads or rough weather conditions, slowing your speed, avoiding long car trips, and not slamming the doors, front or back. Even if you’ve let the adhesive dry for 24 hours, there can still be a chance that a gap can form between the glass and the adhesive. If you notice this happening, call your glass technician right away and fix the problem before it gets worse.

#3: Don’t remove the tape

The tape you often see on newly installed auto glass plays a crucial role in the installation process. Known as retention tape, its primary function is to hold the new glass securely within its frame while the adhesive used to bond the glass to the frame cures and dries. This is a crucial step in ensuring the longevity and effectiveness of the glass installation.

After a new glass installation, it’s typically recommended to leave the retention tape in place for at least 24 hours. This duration allows the adhesive ample time to dry and set properly, ensuring that the glass is firmly and safely anchored. While the tape might not add to the aesthetic appeal of your vehicle during this period, its importance cannot be overstated. It’s a temporary measure that plays a significant part in the overall success of the installation.

Removing the tape prematurely can jeopardize the integrity of the installation, potentially leading to issues like leaks or even the glass becoming loose. Therefore, as unattractive as it might seem for a day, the tape is essential for securing your new investment and ensuring that your auto glass provides the safety, visibility, and durability you expect. Patience in this stage is a small price to pay for the assurance that your auto glass is installed correctly and will perform as intended.

#4: Keep your dash clear

As nice as that little hula dancer may look, any extra weight on your dashboard can mean putting pressure on the windshield, and that can be enough to force the glass outward, making the glass uneven at best and making the adhesive gap at worst. For the first few days, keep all items off of the dashboard and give your new windshield time to settle.

Basically, treating your car with a lot of care over the first 24 hours can really make or (literally) break your new windshield. If you follow this guide, your windshield is sure to stick around for a long time.
If you’ve made it this far, you’re probably looking into having your glass repaired, replaced, or taken care of. Luckily for you, we’re experts on all things auto glass and are here to help you.

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