The length of time you should leave tape on after a windshield replacement can vary depending on the instructions provided by the auto glass technician, as well as the type of adhesive used. In general, most technicians will recommend leaving the tape on for at least 24-48 hours after the replacement. Here is the typical timeline:
Initial Holding Period: After a windshield replacement, there is an initial holding or curing period during which it's crucial to keep the windshield in place to ensure the adhesive sets properly. During this time, the tape or molding used to hold the windshield in place should not be removed. Glass America ONLY uses 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.
Full Curing Time: While the initial holding period is important, the adhesive used to bond the windshield to the vehicle usually continues to cure and strengthen over time. It's advisable to leave the tape in place for at least 24 hours, but it's best to follow the specific recommendations of the auto glass technician.
Weather Considerations: Keep in mind that weather conditions can affect curing times. In colder temperatures, curing may take longer, so it might be necessary to leave the tape in place for an extended period.
Avoid Disturbing the Seal: It's crucial not to disturb or apply excessive force to the windshield during the curing period. Avoid driving the vehicle or subjecting it to any significant stress until you are sure the adhesive has fully cured.
Clean Removal: When you decide to remove the tape, follow the technician's instructions carefully to avoid damaging the newly replaced windshield or the vehicle's finish.
Your Glass America technician will always provide you with information tailored to your particular situation, including the type of adhesive used and any unique considerations. Questions? We’re here for you.