How to Care for a Newly Replaced Windshield
There’s nothing quite like the moment when you’re driving down the highway and a rock suddenly ricochets up from the road into your windshield, leaving a chip in its place. If left unrepaired, even a small chip can eventually expand into a crack, eventually stretching out across your windshield obstructing the view so windshield replacement is necessary.
At Zenith Auto Glass, we specialize in providing safe and professional auto glass replacement throughout the Northland including Duluth and Superior. When you drive your car home, it’s important to know how to care for your new windshield properly. We’ve put together this helpful guide to caring for your newly replaced windshield so you can enjoy the best possible results for a safer, better-looking ride.
The Importance of Windshield Aftercare
The first 48 hours after a new window installation are a crucial period for your new windshield. Following these simple steps to caring for your new replacement windshield is necessary to ensure the safest results and keep the glass looking its best longer.
Poor aftercare can compromise both the performance and look of the glass. Windshield performance also plays a key role in your car’s overall safety and integrity, protecting the passengers inside your vehicle if a collision should occur.
Before Driving Home
When you schedule your windshield replacement, allow time to let your windshield cure. New windshields are installed using a powerful adhesive that creates a watertight seal around the window. Whether your windshield replacement takes place at home or at the service center, it’s important to wait at least one hour before driving your vehicle. If possible, you may even wish to let the seal cure for a couple of hours, although it’s not necessary.
This ensures the adhesive can dry enough to create the strong seal that’s necessary for your windshield to perform properly. Don’t worry about remembering this important step, though. Our helpful car window replacement pros will remind you of this detail after we have completed your windshield replacement.
Replacement Windshield Care During the First 48 Hours
Because your windshield needs time to completely cure, it’s important to take it easy on your vehicle for the first couple of days after your initial auto glass replacement. Follow these steps to protect our windshield as much as possible:
1. Avoid Touching the Adhesive.
The installation process requires adhesive tape to be applied around the perimeter of your windshield. This protects your windshield’s seal from interference due to debris or dust during the curing period. Leave this tape in place for two days after your new windshield is installed.
2. Be Gentle With Your Doors.
Opening and closing the doors of your vehicle can rapidly alter the pressure inside your vehicle, potentially compromising the integrity of the adhesive while it’s curing. Slamming your car doors can also puncture the seal. For the first couple of days after getting your replacement window installed, take the time to gently close your car doors.
3. Crack the Windows.
If the weather cooperates, it’s a good idea to keep the windows rolled down slightly. This helps to facilitate the curing process and prevents a pressure differential from compromising the integrity of the glass. Rolling down windows one inch for a day or two should be sufficient.
4. Stay Away from Car Washes.
Under no circumstances should you wash your vehicle at a high-pressure car wash within the first 48 hours after car windshield replacement. The water pressure applied to your vehicle during washing can shift the molding or damage the seal. It’s best to wait at least two full days to allow the molding and adhesive to fully cure.
5. Keep the Dashboard Clear.
Anything that touches or pushes against your windshield could interfere with the curing process. Keep your dashboard clear of all objects and wait to use your sun shade for the first 48 hours after installation. You should also wait 48 hours to replace your dash mat. Finally, do not put a cover on your vehicle for at least two days.
Long-Term Windshield Maintenance
To keep your windshield performing its best for the long haul, take time to clean your windows regularly both inside and outside of your vehicle. You may also wish to park out of direct sunlight if possible to help extend the lifespan of your windshield.
Be sure to replace your wiper blades to prevent damage to your windshield. Drive carefully on country or gravel roads and leave plenty of room while following another vehicle. If your new windshield should become chipped, prioritize repair right away to prevent the damage from spreading.
Contact Our Northland Auto Glass Company
If you’re in need of auto glass replacement services in the Duluth or Superior region, contact our windshield replacement pros at Zenith Auto Glass to schedule your replacement. We offer a full range of auto glass services including windshield chip repair, car door window repair, and windshield replacement.
Our expert technicians bring decades of auto glass expertise and a commitment to excellent customer service to every window replacement job. To connect with a member of our team, give us a call at 218-275-5555 or contact us online. We look forward to helping you get back on the road fast!