The first step in the process is to use the appropriate type of auto glass. This is not as simple as picking out a certain brand at a local store. Cars and trucks are made with many unique designs and contours. That also extends to the windshield. Even the same make and model cars have different windshields, depending upon the year they were manufactured.
Advances in technology have also led to the development of different kinds of functionality within a windshield. Rain and condensation sensors are just a couple of the features that are part of the new era of windshields.
When the appropriate auto glass is selected, it must be prepared. Windshields are made of glass, although urethane is what bonds a windshield to the vehicle. This acts as a sealant, which serves the purpose of keeping air and moisture out of the vehicle. However, for urethane to function properly, it needs to be free from any contaminants. This type of preparation is an integral part of your auto windshield replacement process.
In a similar manner, the area where the new windshield will be bonded also has to be free of contaminants. That part of the process entails removing any urethane left by the old windshield. A smooth surface is necessary so the adhesive can bond effectively to the new auto glass.
Once the new windshield is put in place, it must be sealed. There is also an exact procedure involved as the sealant needs to be applied in one sweeping motion all around the windshield’s perimeter. This is done to decrease the number of seams within the urethane. The functionality of this procedure eliminates the possibility of leaks.
Factory installation of windshields typically contains just one seam and a properly installed replacement windshield will do the same. Setting the urethane evenly is also important in the final stages, which requires a technician on both passenger and driver side of the vehicle.
When it comes time to replace your windshield, contact the professionals at Wilson & Tucker Auto Glass. Our windshield replacement and car window repair services will make your auto glass look as though it just came out of the factory. Wilson & Tucker continues to be your one-stop shop for all your automotive glass repair and replacement.