Understanding the Auto Glass Replacement Process
There is any number of reasons you may need auto glass replacement. A truck may have passed you on the road and sent flying debris into your windshield, a car may have sent waste along the side of the way into your path, or a branch may have fallen onto your car as it sat in your driveway. Many casualties can occur that will result in your auto glass needing to be replaced by a professional auto glass replacement service.
When you find you have a large crack in your windshield, or you notice it is becoming foggy between the panes of your glass, having your windshield glass replaced is a relatively easy and quick process.
First Step in Auto Glass Replacement
The first step for your auto glass replacement is to remove the trim holding the glass in place. A razor is most often used to loosen the trim much like removing an old window from your house.
Second Step in Replacing Auto Glass
The second step in auto glass replacement is to lift out the old windshield. Large suction cups are used with handles attached to pop the glass out of its place and make sure that it does not break while it is being lifted out.
The pinch weld will need cleaning and preparing once the old windshield is removed. The area, or small gap, between the body of your car and the windshield is called the pinch weld. This area pinches or holds the edges of the windshield in place. Dust, dirt, and old urethane can build up in this gap over time and needs cleaning out before putting a new glass into the car.
After the pinch weld area has been cleaned, Dan's Glass specialists will apply urethane to the edges of the pinch weld. Urethan acts much like a glue product for holding the new glass in place. Urethane has to be applied evenly, yet fast, so it does not begin to dry before the new glass is ready to be placed.
Fifth and Final Step
The final, or fifth step, in your auto glass replacement process, is to install the new windshield. With the urethane in place, Dan's Glass will carefully fit the new windshield over the hole and move it, so it fits within the pinch weld.
When the new windshield has been properly placed, it is pushed in using suction cups and bars and held in place for several minutes. When the urethane begins to set, the suction cups are taken off, and the windshield will be allowed to sit until completely cured.
Weather conditions play a significant role in the curing process time for your new windshield but generally it takes about one hour. After this time, you are ready to drive your car away with a completely new and safer windshield in place.