Windshield Replacement – Part 12

Windshield Replacement – Part 12 Windshield Replacement


How to repair auto glass

April 1st, 2011

You will need a windshield crack repair kit with suction cups, available at any car parts store, razor blade, hairdryer if required, 2 cloth pieces. Pick any loose glass chips from the crack with the razor blade. Clean the area rigorously with a damp cloth. Pat area completely with a clean cloth, using a hairdryer if necessary to remove all the water from the auto glass crack. Center the suction cups around the center of the crack or chip, firmly to the car. Insert the tube into the center of the suction cups, making sure that it is secured tightly.

Pour the repair material in the tube. Insert the plunger into the tube and push down on it, squirting the repair material onto the chip. The pressure will cause the material to squirt into the base of the chip and throughout any cracks. Remove the tube and suction cups after one minute. Place the film that was included in the repair kit over the crack or chip.
Use the razor blade to flatten the film and the repair material completely. Wait for 15 minutes for it dry fully. Remove the film from the auto glass. Use the blade to scrape off any excess repair material.

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How to remove calcium deposits on auto glass

April 1st, 2011

Even in areas affected with hard water, removing calcium deposits from your auto glass is reasonably simple. The primary culprit when it comes to creating calcium deposits on windshields and other auto glass is the sprinklers. When car windows are sprayed by sprinklers and the water is allowed to evaporate and leave its minerals behind, windows become spotted with ugly hard-water spots.

Clean your auto glass with the commercial ammonia-based window cleaner. Spray the cleaner on the glass and wipe it away with a paper towel. This will remove the surface dust, dirt and common grime, leaving only the calcium deposits. Wipe the glass clean with a microfiber cloth to remove the last traces of dirt. Moisten a microfiber cloth with white vinegar. White vinegar can be purchased at any shop. Wipe your glass with the white vinegar. Concentrate on areas of calcium build-up, allowing the white vinegar to soak into the calcium and loosen it.

Spray the glass with your ammonium-based window cleaner. Wipe it firmly with a paper towel to wash away any remaining vinegar and to take off any last vestiges of calcium. Check your glass for any remaining calcium deposits. If any traces remain, repeat the steps.

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How to Clean Water Spots from Auto Glass

April 1st, 2011

Hard water leaves a few ugly spots on auto glass that regular glass cleaners will not remove. Hard water leaves behind a hard chunk of calcium, lime and iron. If you are using a harsh cleaner on your auto glass you run the risk ruining your paint job or even ruining your auto glass. There are numerous professional hard water stain removers that are safe to use on auto glass. After removing the water spots from your auto glass, treat the glass to prevent future build-up of unwanted stuff.

You will need a two microfiber cloths Ammonia-free glass cleaner such as a cotton applicator pad and a cleaning solution. Spray on your windshield with an ammonia-free and alcohol-free glass cleaner that is meant to remove hard water spots. Take your microfiber cloth and wipe up and down the windshield. Grab second microfiber cloth and wipe left to right.

Spray the cleaning solution on a cotton applicator pad. Wipe your windshield in a circular motion covering the entire front windshield. Allow to dry for fifteen minutes. Spray down your windshield with water and pat dry with a damp towel. Wipe your entire windshield one more time with a dry towel to ensure the solution is completely removed.

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Windshield replacement

April 1st, 2011

It would be interesting to learn for you that at how easy it is to have your windshield replaced. Auto glass specialists do this nearly daily and will usually come to your home or place of business. The wipers, moulding and cowl are removed, and the damaged windshield is lifted out. Old adhesive may be needed to be cleaned away. Once it is clean, new adhesive is applied to a groove that holds the windshield in place, and the new windshield is installed. The cowl, moulding and wipers are replaced and the entire job is done in about an hour’s time. You may be advised not to drive the vehicle for an hour to give the adhesive enough time to set.

If your auto glass only has a small scratch, an auto glass specialist might be able to treat the spot to resist further spreading for a small fee. This will save you money in the long run, and the repair in less than 30 minutes. Next, resin is injected under pressure and held in place with a material. An ultraviolet light is applied to cure the resin, and extra resin is scraped away. Finally the area is polished and restored.

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What is an auto glass?

April 1st, 2011

There are mainly two types of auto glass i.e. tempered glass and laminated safety glass. Tempered glass, which normally is used on the rear and side windows, goes through a special process wherein it is heated and then quickly cooled. Laminated safety glass, which is typically used on windshields, is composed of two pieces of glass with a thin layer of vinyl. It is then heated and pressed together in an oven called an autoclave. Both types of glass are strong and more impact resistant than regular glass.

When the tempered glass receives a strong hit, it will shatter and break, but it will shatter and fall to the ground into small pieces that do not have sharp edges like regular glass. When laminated safety glass is hit with a strong impact it will also shatter but, generally, the pieces will adhere to the vinyl and not fall to the ground.

In an automobile accident auto glass is often damaged and needs to be replaced, but this isn’t the only instance where replacement is required. Gravel kicked up on the freeway can result in a chip or small vein or a scratch in the windshield. Over time vibration can cause it to grow.

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How to guard your windshield against snow and ice

April 1st, 2011

The fresh-fallen snow on a winter morning is a beautiful sight, but it can also cause extra burden for those whose cars were exposed to the snow and ice. Scraping and chipping the ice off the windshield costs not only extra time but also the extra gas needed to run the car with the defrosters. If you are not able to store your car in a garage, there are steps you can take to protect your windshield from ice and snow. One sure shot method involves applying a solution to your windshield that prevents ice from forming on it. The other method is the use of a cover for your windshield that makes it easy to remove the ice and snow.

You may apply an anti-icing solution on your car’s windshield and other windows in anticipation of inclement weather. You can use a ready-made product available in the market to prevent ice buildup on airplane wings and now commercially available. Turn on the windshield wipers after you get into the car. This will wipe away the snow and ice. You can use a squeegee to wipe the snow and ice off the other windows screens. Heavy snowfall may result in windshield repair.

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How to clean windshield?

April 1st, 2011

Things you will need are non acetone nail polish remover, onion mesh bag, soft clothes, dish detergents and rubbing alcohol. Remove the stickers on the glass. To get rid of it, rub the area with non-acetone nail polish remover. This will help to avoid messy clean ups as they also remove the gummy residue normally left behind. Sprinkle a dash of dish detergent on your windshield and scrub with a mesh onion bag or commercially available nylon pot scrubber. Both items will remove insects easily from your windshield without spoiling the glass.

Remove the dirt from the glass. Use the baking soda on a damp rag to clean the dust and grime from glass and chrome surfaces. Afterwards, rinse the windshield with clean water and pat dry with a soft cloth. Ward off the ice. Keep wiper blades free of ice by applying a coat of rubbing alcohol to them. For your windshield, spray a solution of 3 parts vinegar and 1 part water at night to ensure that it is ice free in the morning.

Replace your wiper blades. Doing this once in a year will prevent the dirt build up, which makes it hard to clean, streaky windshield. You can also consider windshield replacement.

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Windshield information

April 1st, 2011

In most of the places, laws restrict the use of heavily tinted glass in vehicle windshields; usually, such laws specify the maximum level of tint permitted to be applied on the windshield. Some vehicles have noticeably more tint in the uppermost part of the windshield to block sun glare and protect against ultra violet rays.

In the aircraft windshields, an electric current is applied through a conducting layer of tin (IV) oxide to generate heat to prevent icing. This is done for security purpose. Using thermal glass has one disadvantage; it prevents a couple of navigation systems from functioning correctly, as the embedded metal blocks the satellite signals. This can be sorted out by using an external antenna.

Windshields in the early times were made of ordinary window glass, but that could lead to serious injuries in the event of a crash or any unfortunate accident. A series of lawsuits led up to the development of stronger windshields that would guard against accidents. A Windshield isn’t just made to protect people from the force of the wind while driving, but likewise to stop any kind of unwanted stuff from getting into the vehicle. You may repair your windshield in case of a crash.

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Windshield usage

April 1st, 2011

In daily life use, the function of windshields is to protect the vehicle’s occupants from wind, temperature extremes, and flying debris such as dust, insects, and rocks, as well as providing an aerodynamically formed window towards the front of the vehicle. UV Coating may be applied to protect from harmful ultraviolet light.

As the name implies, on motorbikes their main function is to shield the driver from the wind and unwanted dust and particles, though they do not do so as totally as those of a car, whereas on sports and racing motorcycles the main utility is in improving the drag coefficient when the rider assumes the most aerodynamic optimal configuration of his or her body is united with the machine and does not shield the rider from wind when sitting upright on the bike.

Modern, glued-in windshields contribute to the vehicle’s stability, but the main force for innovation has historically been the need to prevent injury from sharp glass fragments. Properly installed automobile windshields are also essential for security; along with the roof of the car, they provide protection to the people using the vehicle in the case of a roll-over accident. Windshield repair can be done in case of an accident.

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Introduction to windshield

April 1st, 2011

In layman words the windshield or windscreen of an aircraft, car, bus, motorbike or tram is the front window. Modern type of windshields are usually manufactured from laminated safety glass, a type of treated glass, which consists of two generally curved sheets of glass with a plastic layer laminated between them for security, and are glued into the window frame. Motorbike windshields are often made out of high-impact acrylic plastic.

Windshield repair is a process that gets together with the modern technology and skill to fill a damaged area on a windshield with an adhesive resin. The resin is then repaired with an ultraviolet light. When done, the damaged area’s strength is restored, and clarity.

When repairing a windshield, start with a clean work area. Any dust, dirt, or contaminants in or on the glass can result in scratching or trapped particles that will be visible in the final repair. Any moisture can result in future cracks when the glass cools or heats. Many types of stone damage can be successfully repaired. Bulls’ eyes, cracks, star breaks or a combination of all three can be repaired without removing the glass, eliminating the risk of leaking or bonding problems which is associated with replacement.

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