Auto Glass Replacement Process
For Your Convenience
Our technicians will contact you to establish a time of arrival; they would give you a heads up so you know when to expect them. If for any reason, there is a delay due to traffic or any other circumstance, you would also be contacted to let you know when the technicians would arrive.
Prepping Your Vehicle For Installation
Before the technicians removes your windshield, they will inspect your vehicle and then they will set up his work area to make sure your vehicle is not damaged in the process. He’ll also remove your windshield wipers and rear view mirror, and base of your windshield.
Removing Your Old Windshield
To begin removing your old windshield, the technician first unfastens the molding-the strip of chrome and/or rubber that provides an extra seal between the windshield and the vehicle (older automobiles will likely have molding around the entire windshield, some newer vehicles have less or none). Sometimes the molding can be reused, but it usually has to be replaced.
Your technician will use a special knife to cut through the urethane adhesive keeping your current windshield in place and push the windshield out of the frame. Since the removal requires brute force, usually the windshield cracks considerably, and if you’re watching the replacement, you may be alarmed; but not to worry, it’s all part of the process. The technician will store the old windshield glass in his vehicle to be recycled, so you don’t have to worry about disposing it.
Preparing the New Windshield for Installation
After the old glass is out of the frame, the technician will strip the old urethane down as close as possible to the metal frame, allowing the new urethane to bond properly to the frame and windshield. With the old urethane gone, the technician will prime the frame. This ensures that no contamination occurs-preventing leaks and ensuring a strong bond-so the new windshield meets the same safety standards as the original factory-installed windshield. Our urethane also contains primer.
Installing Your New Windshield
Your technician now “dry sets” the windshield, lowering it into place to mark exactly where it will fit, since the windshield shouldn’t be moved around once the urethane has been applied. Using a special attachment to a caulking gun-type tool, the installer will then apply the adhesive to the appropriate surfaces. He will carefully place the new windshield into the opening When your installer is working with your new windshield, he wears gloves to avoid contaminating the edge of the windshield with his bare hands.
The Finishing Touches
After the windshield has been installed, your technician will then install your molding, rear view mirror, and windshield wipers. He’ll clean up any broken glass and will vacuum if needed.
A Safe Drive-Away Time
The installation is finished, but your vehicle isn’t ready to drive yet. For your safety please wait at least 1 hour for the urethane to harden before you drive your vehicle. After your technician is completely finished with the windshield installation, he should have some paperwork for you to sign. If you’re not around for the installation, he should leave the paperwork in your car.