If you have a problem with chips and cracks in your windshield, or your windshield is becoming foggy between the panes of glass, you may have an appointment to have your windshield replaced. This is one of the straightforward processes that takes a couple of hours to complete with the right equipment and expertise. If you have never done this before, you may wonder what steps a professional follows during this process. Here are the steps when removing the old one and installing a new one.
Removing the Trim
The first step in the removal process is to remove the old trim that is holding the windshield in place. It’s like removing the caulking around your home’s window to remove the window. A razor is used to remove the trim, loosening the windshield.
Removing the windshield
When Trim is removed, the windshield should be able to be lifted away from the car. In helping to ensure windshield, large suction cups with handles may be used to pop the windshield out of place. That way it will not break.
Cleaning out and preparing the Pinch Weld
After removing the windshield, the pinch weld needs to be cleared and prepared. The pinch weld is a small gap between the body of the car and windshield that holds or pinches the edges of the windshield. It needs to be cleared cause of dirt, dust or urethane. Some mater will build up in this area over time. Cleaning is not just for the hygiene; it’s essential for a new windshield. New windshield will fit in the pinch weld and entirely hold the windshield glass.
Once the pinch weld is cleaned, urethane is applied to the edges of the pinch weld. Urethane is like glue or adhesive that holds the windshield in place. Urethane must be applied evenly, yet professional must know that you need to move quickly before it starts to dry so you can put new windshield accordingly into place.
Installing the new Windshield
And the final last step- introducing a new windshield. Once the urethane is in place, the windshield is carefully fitted over the hole on your car. The glass is moved so that it provides within the pinch weld. The windshield is pushed into place typically with suction and bar when it’s properly positioned. That way it stays for a few minutes. Once the urethane begins to set, the suction cups are removed, and the windshield is set. Depending on the weather outside and the type of urethane you should be good to drive within an hour or two after the new windshield is installed.
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