Windshield replacement is one of those things that may seem easy, but when you get into it, you understand the intricacies involved. Applying too little or too much glue, misalignment, or even dust between the windshield and the car can lead to numerous issues, decreasing the life of a new windshield in a matter of weeks!
This is true for the front and back windshield. Let’s look at the method that True Blue Auto Glass experts use to help you install a new windshield.
The Windshield Replacement Process
You may need to get a replacement rather than a windshield repair service if the crack or chip on your windshield is too deep/long or the windshield has shattered altogether. The process involves:
- Removing the trim. We do this with a specialized tool to ensure nothing is left behind. You can also pull the trim out, but some small piece lodging itself in place is a risk. A blade is usually used first to loosen the trim and then pulled out.
- Removing the windshield. Once the windshield is loose, it is lifted away from the car with a specialized crane and suction cup handles. The more damaged a windshield is, the more difficult the process becomes.
- Cleaning out the pinch weld. Sometimes, broken windshield pieces may be left in the gap between the windshield and the body (pinch weld). It is cleaned thoroughly by blowing pressurized air and with a lint-free cloth.
- Adhesive application. This is the adhesive we use to hold the windshield in place. There are other options as well, specific to different vehicles and smart windshields.
- Excess adhesive is then cleaned off, and the windshield is lowered in place. This is done slowly to ensure there is no air trapped in the urethane.
We let the glue and windshield settle before letting you back on your way!
If you have questions about our process or need some help getting your windshield replaced or repaired, give us a quick call. We’d love to help!