Windshield Care Tips After Replacing A Windshield

After having your windshield replaced, you'll need to wait for the adhesives to work their magic so that your windshield will be held securely in place. Because you don't want to damage your windshield, you'll need to take certain actions to make sure that you take good care of your windshield after having it replaced.

Don't Drive Too Soon

Make sure to not drive your car shortly after your windshield has been replaced by a glass repair company. The adhesive needs time to set and dry. The car should sit for at least an hour after the windshield has been installed. 

Double-check your car to make sure that there are no shards of glass left behind from your old windshield. Technicians go out of their way to avoid leaving shards behind, but they sometimes leave some behind by accident. 

Make Sure Nothing is Pressing Against

For the first two days, you'll want to be careful with your windshield to make sure that you don't damage it. Keep both the inside and outside of your windshield clear so that nothing is pushing against it. Do not place a cover on top of the windshield. If possible, leave your car in a garage. But it's better to leave it outside in the sun than it is to place a cover over it. 

Leave a window cracked open so that the pressure inside the car doesn't cause the new windshield to become dislodged. You will only need to do this for the first day after the installation. 

Leave the Tape in Place

Leave the retention tape in place. Technicians will leave retention tape in place until the adhesive has completely dried. Otherwise, outside elements might prevent the adhesive from drying properly. 

Be Careful When Washing Your Car

Do not go through the car wash or use a power washer until after two days have passed and the adhesive has had time to dry. If you absolutely must wash your car, make sure to hand wash it. In general, you don't want to put too much pressure on the windshield because you'll be likely to damage it. 

Make sure to get your warranty paperwork. Typically, if something goes wrong with a glass replacement job, the glass repair specialists will replace the glass free of charge. Make sure to ask questions about the warranty so that you know exactly what it covers. But as long as you're careful and follow all of these rules, you won't have to worry as much.