What to Do After Getting a New Windshield: Guide to Post Replacement Care

What to Do After Getting a New Windshield: Guide to Post Replacement Care

Feb 16, 2024

Your car's windshield is more than just a piece of glass. It's a vital safety component that protects you and your passengers from the elements and provides structural support to your vehicle. So, when it comes to getting a new windshield, whether it's due to a crack, chip, or full replacement, it's essential to ensure it receives the care it deserves. Proper maintenance and attention are key to maximizing its lifespan and performance. 

Read on to learn everything you need to know about caring for your new windshield, from the moment it's installed to ongoing maintenance tips.

Follow the Recommended Cure Time

After the windshield replacement, your Glass America technician will advise you on the cure time before driving. This is crucial as the adhesive used to secure the windshield needs time to set properly. We only use adhesives with a 1-Hour Safe Drive Away Time in almost any weather condition - so you can get back on the road quickly and safely.

Avoid Washing Your Car

While it's tempting to give your car a thorough wash after the replacement, it's advisable to wait. High-pressure water or harsh chemicals can interfere with the adhesive's curing process, potentially compromising the seal of the windshield. Wait at least 24 hours before washing your car, and when you do, use a gentle hand wash instead of a high-pressure car wash.

Keep Windows Cracked Open

During the initial curing period, it's a good idea to crack open your windows slightly to allow air circulation. This helps prevent pressure buildup inside the vehicle, which could affect the integrity of the seal. 

Avoid Extreme Temperature Changes

Rapid temperature changes can stress the newly installed windshield and the adhesive. Avoid parking your car in direct sunlight or exposing it to extreme cold immediately after replacement. If possible, park in a shaded area or use a windshield sunshade to protect the glass.

Handle with Care

Be gentle when closing the doors and trunk to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on the windshield. Slamming doors can create vibrations that might affect the seal. Avoid leaning on or putting heavy objects against the windshield, especially during the first few days.

Regular Maintenance

Once the windshield has fully cured and settled, incorporate regular maintenance into your car care routine. Keep the glass clean both inside and out to ensure optimal visibility. Replace worn wiper blades promptly to prevent scratches or damage to the windshield surface.

Address Chips or Cracks Promptly

Even with proper care, chips or cracks may occur over time due to road debris or other hazards. Address them promptly by seeking professional repair or replacement services. Ignoring minor damage can lead to larger issues and compromise your safety. Glass America combines the highest quality materials and workmanship with fast, efficient service. Whether it's mobile service dispatched to your home or business, or an appointment scheduled for one of our drive-in service locations, our technicians use the highest quality adhesives to get you safely back on the road.

A new windshield is not only a functional component of your vehicle but also a crucial safety feature. By following these post-replacement care tips, you can ensure that your windshield remains in excellent condition for years to come!  Remember to prioritize safety on the road and address any issues promptly to maintain optimal visibility and structural integrity.


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