Your windscreen plays an important role in keeping you safe on the road. And when accidents happen it can be a costly part of your car to repair or replace. So after repair or replacement it’s important to ensure you keep your windscreen safe, well maintained, and free from damage to prevent another costly repair or replacement. Join our experts at Quality Fit Windscreens today as we discuss the top 10 steps to protect your windscreen after repair!
Step 1: Keep Your Windscreen Clean
Keeping your windscreen clean is essentially to protecting it from wear and tear. Dirt and grime can cause damage to your windscreen and your windscreen wipers. As a result, it is important to keep your windscreen clean inside and out. It also keeps it free from damaging scratches. Keeping your windscreen clean also allows you to spot any damage and get it fixed before it becomes a major problem.
Step 2: Avoid Washing Your Car for a Few Days
While we said, above, that it is important to keep your windscreen clean, it is also important not to clean your car too soon after a repair. If your car gets dirty in the first few days after a windscreen repair or replacement, then your only option is to wash your car by hand. Washing your car with an automatic or high pressure car wash can do significant damage. Washing with detergent can also do damage to the moulding. This is because it can cause the glass to shift.
Step 3: Ensure Your Windscreen Wipers are In Good Condition
Your windscreen wipers should always be soft and pliable. As a result, you should check them regularly. If your wipers are damaged, stiff or crumbling, then you need to replace them as soon as possible. Further, it is important to ensure your car has plenty of water in your window washers. Empty water reserves means you can cause damage with dry windscreen wipers creating unnecessary scratches over the windscreen.
Step 4: Check for Whistling or Leaking Windscreen Seals
If you find that your windscreen is making a whistling noise or you are noticing water leaking inside the car, then chances are your windscreen seal or moulding has started to deteriorate. You will notice this particularly if you are driving over speed bumps or at high speeds. It is important to contact a repairer as soon as possible if you notice this!
Step 5: Keep the Area Around Your New Glass Clear
It’s very important to protect your repaired or replaced windscreen. As a result, you need to keep the area around the new windscreen completely clear so nothing presses up against the glass. Ensure your dashboard is free of clutter and avoid using a sunshade for the first few days so that the seals and adhesive can set and seal properly.
Step 6: Be Gentle
The first 3 days after replacing your windscreen are the most critical for the longevity of your repaired or replaced windscreen. As a result, it is important to be gentle with your vehicle. This includes being sure not to slam doors, avoid driving at high speeds and keep off roads with uneven surfaces, including unsealed roads, roads under construction, and roads with pot holes.
Step 7: Use the Right Cloth When Cleaning Your Windscreen
Not all cleaning cloths are made the same. Further, not all are suited to the delicate job of cleaning your windscreen. The worst choice you can make for windscreen cleaning is using an old rag or cloths that have been left outside in the elements. These will have dirt and grit particles embedded in them that are impossible to see but that will scratch your car and damage it. It is important, instead, to use a brand new cloth or anti-static cleaning cloth that is specifically designed for glass or windscreens. It is better to invest in a few dollars now than hundreds and thousands later!
Step 8: Leave a Window Open
It is important to remember that air pressure can cause extra stress on the seal around new car glass as it dries. To keep pressure from causing leaks, it is best to leave your window rolled down at least an inch for the first day after installation of your new windscreen.
Step 9: Don’t Remove the Retention Tape
Retention tape is often used by auto glass technicians to hold windshield mouldings in place. This guarantees that the seal is protected from the elements while it is in the process of drying. It may not look attractive, but it is best to leave this tape in place for the first day or two after the new glass that has been installed.
Step 10: Always Give Your Windscreen A Thorough Check
Whenever you are cleaning your car, take a moment to give your windscreen a thorough check for any damage. If you do notice a small chip or crack, it is best to call a reliable repair service as soon as possible. A small repair will cost you far less in the long run than repairing a crack or replacing your windscreen.
If you’ve recently had your windscreen replaced, you don’t want to go over the whole process again. Especially if the damage wasn’t your fault. Your windscreen is more than just glass. It is a crucial piece of your car’s infrastructure that keeps you and your passengers safe on the road. So it’s important to protect your car properly.
If you are worried about a chip or a crack, contact the experts at Quality Fit today for a quick and professional repair. Our leading team of Melbourne technicians are experts in dealing with all cars. Our technicians are also experts in handling luxury vehicles, so you know you will be in safe, reliable hands. Call now!