Is it okay if it rains after a windshield replacement?

Yes, it's generally okay if it rains after a windshield replacement, but there are some important considerations to keep in mind:

Curing Time

Most modern adhesives used in windshield replacement are designed to cure rapidly, often within an hour or so. The exact curing time may vary depending on the specific adhesive used and environmental conditions. It's crucial to follow the recommendations provided by the technician who performed the replacement. Rain shortly after replacement might not significantly impact the curing process if the adhesive has had enough time to set properly.

Quality of Replacement

A properly installed windshield should be sealed tightly, preventing water from leaking into the vehicle. If the replacement was done correctly and the adhesive has had sufficient time to cure, rainwater shouldn't pose a problem. If the replacement was not done properly or if there are pre-existing issues with the vehicle's seals, rainwater could potentially leak into the vehicle and cause damage. You never have to question the integrity of your newly installed windshield at Glass America - safety is always our top priority.

Protective Measures

In some cases, technicians may take precautions to protect the new windshield from rain immediately after installation. This might include using a temporary cover or parking the vehicle indoors until the adhesive has fully cured. If such measures were taken, it's essential to follow any instructions provided by the technician.

Check for Leaks

After the windshield replacement, it's a good idea to inspect the vehicle for any signs of water leakage, especially if it rains shortly afterward. Look for water inside the vehicle or any dampness around the edges of the windshield. If you notice any leaks, contact the technician who performed the replacement to have the issue addressed promptly.

Long-Term Effects

While rain shortly after a windshield replacement might not cause immediate problems, it's important to consider the long-term effects of exposure to moisture. Over time, water infiltration could lead to corrosion or other issues, particularly if there are any weaknesses in the seal around the windshield.


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