Understanding how to care for your newly replaced windscreen is the first step in protecting your investment. Fast Car Glass has put together a few tips that you should follow after your windscreen’s installation. They will help your windscreen last as long as possible and remain in pristine condition for the duration of its lifespan.
Maintain a Safe Area in and out of the Car
For the 48 hours immediately following your new windscreen installation, you should pay special attention to your car. While the seal is bonding, it is important to ensure that nothing places pressure on the glass. Avoid covering the outside of your car and skip placing a sunshade on the inside of your windscreen.
Wait to Drive
When a windscreen is replaced, a special type of bonding is used to hold the glass in place. This glue forms a waterproof seal that is extraordinarily strong. It is important to give your windscreen the proper time to dry after installation. We suggest waiting at least an hour after servicing before taking your car on the road. Also, make sure to check your car for any leftover shards of glass that may have been left behind. Most glass technicians are very meticulous about removing the glass, but it never hurts to be extra careful.
Retain the Retention Tape
Once a windscreen has been installed, the technicians will place retention tape around the edges of your windscreen. This will help hold the moldings in place while also protecting the seal from wind, rain, and sun damage. It may seem unsightly, but it is a good idea to leave this tape on the glass for at least two days.
Crack a Window
Air pressure can place stress on the new seal while it is still drying. To prevent leaks caused by air pressure, leave a window creaked for the first two days. An inch is enough to allow hot air to escape and maintain proper interior pressure.
Skip Power Washers & Car Washes
Power washing and automated car washes can place tremendous pressure on your windscreen. This pressure may cause the seal to shift if it has not had a chance to set. You should skip these types of washes for at least three days following your new installation. Instead, wash your car the old fashioned way with a bucked and hand towel.
Take it Easy
You should drive with care, or even as little as possible while the seal on your car is setting. Take care when closing the doors or the trunk. Avoid potholes, bumps, and other rough road conditions while your windscreen seal is setting.
How We Can Help
If you need more advice on caring for your windscreen or if you’re interested in hiring our Manchester windscreen replacement service, give us a call at 7707550375. We also have plenty of other blog posts to help you get the most out of your windscreen. Taking care of your windscreen may seem like a tough job, but when you follow our tips you can avoid expensive repairs down the road.