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A Look at the Stages of Windshield Replacement

Last updated 6 years ago

Eventually, most drivers will need a windshield replacement. Some may need a new windshield for a restoration project, while others may be dealing with a cracked or shattered piece of glass. The process of installing a windshield involves several important stages, which a professional can handle with ease. Here is a brief look at the steps involved in a windshield replacement:

  1. Removing the Wipers and Trim

In order to remove the old windshield from a car, the windshield wipers must first be taken off. Next, any trim around the edges of the windshield must be removed so that the urethane holding the glass in place can be cut. Once the bond between the car and the windshield is broken, the old windshield can be removed.

  1. Pushing Out the Old Windshield

A car’s windshield is attached to the exterior, and so must be removed from the front of the vehicle. This cannot be easily done from outside the car, so a technician must push the old glass from the interior onto the hood.

  1. Preparing the Pinchweld

The pinchweld is essentially the frame into which a windshield fits. This must be prepared carefully before a new windshield can be attached. A technician will clean the area thoroughly and trim down the remaining urethane, leaving just enough for the new windshield to fit and the new urethane to adhere to the old.

  1. Applying the New Windshield

With the pinchweld prepared, a technician can apply new urethane and press a specially-prepared replacement window into place. After being adjusted to properly fit at the top, bottom, and sides, the new glass must be left to cure so that it is firmly attached the next time you go driving.

If you need your windshield replaced, call Glass on the Move at (510) 338-4791 and schedule a mobile visit. We offer glass repair in the Oakland, Hayward, and Berkeley areas. Contact us online to learn more about our rates and services.


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