Whether you’ve recently gotten your windshield replaced or simply had some repairs done to it, the pristine, new windshield is sure to enhance your driving experience by quite a bit. Knowing how to take care of your new windshield is key to ensuring the new-glass feeling lasts for a long time.
Despite popular belief, removing the tape from your replaced windshield right away isn’t recommended. Here are some pointers that you should follow after getting your windshield repaired or replaced:
- Drive the vehicle with retention tape for several hours
- Crack open a window to allow for ventilation
- Do not car wash for several days – by hand or in a commercial car wash
You’ll need to wait for at least one hour before driving your car and wait for at least a day or two before removing the tape. The safe drive away time (SDAT) for the urethane adhesive we use is 60 minutes.
After 24 to 48 hours have passed, you can start removing the adhesive tape gently. Furthermore, in the summer months, it is important to keep a window cracked open to ensure that the car doesn’t overheat, and that there is no undue pressure on the glass.
You should also try not to disturb the curing process by not putting undue stress on the adhesive. This means closing the car doors gently and avoiding rough roads if possible.
When you get a windshield replaced or repaired from True Blue Auto Glass, we’ll remind you of all these precautions and more, depending on your car and the windshield type you get installed. If you have already gotten a replacement and are simply looking for advice, just get in touch and we’ll help you out!