What is a Windshield Repair?
A windshield repair is a process that, with clear adhesive resin, repairs a damaged area on glass. Once the resin is cured, the damaged area’s strength is restored as is most of the clarity.
Why Repair a chip or crack instead of leaving it?
A small chip or crack that is ignored can spread across the entire windshield if not repaired promptly, thus resulting in a windshield replacement.
What’s involved with fixing or replacing a windshield?
A crack or chip repair takes about 30 minutes and is performed by injecting a clear resin into it. When it hardens, the resin helps restore the integrity and smooth look of the glass. The resin is then polished and cured by UV light. If done properly, the chip or crack won’t be spread any further. Replacing glass is a bit more of an involved process. After prepping the body of the vehicle to prevent any damage, technicians will remove the windshield from the vehicle. The seals and adhesives are also removed, and a primer is used on the bare frame, so a new glue and sealant can be applied for the replacement glass. The new windshield is then fitted and bonded to the vehicle. After the glass is fitted, most auto shops encourage a 60-minute wait time so that the windshield is properly attached.
How long does a windshield replacement take?
This will depend on how skilled or experienced the technician doing the windshield replacement is. The technicians at Bannister Collision & Glass are all certified and well trained with the equipment, so your replacement will be finished the same day that you bring your vehicle in.
How soon can I drive my vehicle after my windshield has been replaced?
This depends on the type of adhesive used to seal the auto glass into its moulding. The adhesive needs time to completely dry, which will depend on the temperature and humidity around it. Most will only take an hour to completely dry, but some may take up to 24 hours. At Bannister Collison & Glass, you will be able to drive your vehicle again the same day you bring it in.
How soon can I wash my vehicle after a windshield replacement?
You should wait at least 24 hours before washing your vehicle in a high-pressure car wash, but waiting a few days is better. The higher pressure of the water spraying your vehicle can wreck the glass seal and outer mouldings if they have not completely cured yet. If you are set on giving your vehicle a scrub you can hand wash it, as long you are careful and don’t use a high-pressure hose on the auto glass that was recently replaced. Rain or water isn’t an issue on newly replaced auto glass, in fact, a bit of moisture can help the adhesive cure faster.
How will I know if my windshield replacement was done properly?
Unfortunately, you can’t know if the replacement was done properly unless the glass is removed and inspected since the glass is inserted into its moulding. Your best bet to ensuring that your windshield has been installed properly is to go with a company that has a good reputation, and certified technicians. At Bannister Collision & Glass, we are confident in our work, we always include lifetime warranties with our services. If you have any concerns with your replacement, we will be happy to take a second look.
Is it illegal to drive with a cracked windshield?
Keep in mind that it is illegal to drive with a cracked or broken windshield, especially if the crack is anywhere near the driver’s direct line of sight. If it appears too dangerous to drive, then don’t. We also urge you to research the laws in your area concerning driving a vehicle with a damaged windshield.
What is the driver’s “critical viewing area”?
The driver’s critical viewing area is a section of the windshield directly in front of the driver when they are sitting in the vehicle facing forward. Chip repairs are not recommended in this area of the windshield since the break will still be visible, and could be distracting to the driver.