Your car’s windshield is essential as it keeps you safe from the wind and flying debris. Apart from this, your windshield protects you and others sitting in your car when you are in an accident. Therefore you need to take proper care of it, especially when you have had a windshield replacement. What you do or do not do within 24 to 48 hours of getting a windshield replacement will determine how long your new auto glass will last. We’ve got some tips for you on what to do after getting a new windshield installed.
Immediately After Replacement
Your vehicle’s windshield is the most vulnerable in the first 48 hours and these hours are the most important. You need to make sure that you give the windshield enough time to settle in place before taking the car out for a spin. Auto glass repair shops use a lot of adhesives to get the new windshield to stay in its position, and that adhesive also works as a waterproof sealant. The sealant needs time to harden and work its magic.
Keep the Area Around & Inside the Car Clean
While the new windshield is drying, you must keep the area around it clear. No debris or other miscellaneous objects should be put against the windscreen. Secondly, make sure that nothing touches the wet urethane. The dashboard of your vehicle should be empty during this time. Try not to cover your car on the first day of windshield installation, nor should you use a sunshade on the inside of the new windshield.
Retention Tape Shouldn’t Be Removed
Retention tapes hold the windshield moldings together and ensure that the sealant remains in place. They also protect the adhesive from outside elements that might weaken and reduce the windshield’s life. You should keep the retention tape as it is for the first two days after you get a windshield replacement.
Avoid Car Washes
A professional car wash usually uses pressure washers to wash the cars, and the new windshield is not very strong. There is a danger of the new moldings getting displaced when hit with a high-pressure water spray. It is advisable not to take your car out for a high-pressure wash or an automatic car wash for at least 24–48 hours after getting a new windshield. If you still have to get your car washed no matter what, opt for washing it by hand.
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