How to Take Care of a New Windscreen
The first 48 hours after having your car’s windscreen replaced are critical for ensuring the new windscreen settles in properly and continues to protect you and your passengers for years to come. And this means following a few simple steps to care for your new windscreen, without any of them actually being difficult to follow, or inconveniencing you in any way.
Give the Windscreen Time to Set and Dry
The adhesive used to fix the windscreen in place and create a watertight seal takes 24 to 48 hours to properly set and dry. Thankfully though you can still use your car during this time, but you will need to wait at least an hour after the windscreen has been installed before you can drive for the first time. If you’re concerned about how this could affect the rest of your day, ask about our mobile windscreen replacement service, which can be done anywhere at a time that suits you. So, you could have it done while you’re at work and won’t be needing your car for a few hours, or at the end of the day when you’re at home and only need to use your car the next day.
Don’t Slam Any Car Doors
Make a point of closing any car doors gently in the first 48 hours to prevent any rapid changes in pressure inside the car and jolts that could cause the still curing seal to tear. Leaving one window slightly open can also limit sudden pressure changes.
Keep the Dashboard Clear
Avoid putting anything on your dashboard for the first two days after replacing your windscreen, and if you’re used to using a sunshade inside your car, don’t put it up for the first two days either. This keeps anything from pushing up against the windscreen while the seal cures and either getting stuck against the seal or shifting the windscreen slightly and weakening the seal. The same applies to any cover you are used to putting over your car while it is parked.
Leave Any Retention Tape Alone
Sometimes it is necessary to put some retention tape over the new seals, especially on the outside of the windscreen. This helps keep the seal clear of debris and safe from the elements while it is still drying. As unsightly as you may find this it is critical for the curing process, so it should not be removed for the first two days.
Stay Away From Automated Car Washes
If your car is very dirty and you can’t wait two more days to get it clean, opt for a gentle hand wash instead of an automated wash or anything involving the use of high-pressure hoses. This is to prevent the seal from being damaged in any way while it is still setting and drying, and to limit any movement of the windscreen.
Some of these steps could be seen as an inconvenience but they’re ultimately worth it if it means not having to take your car in again because the windscreen suddenly cracks for no reason, or you find water leaking into your car whenever it rains. And they only apply during the first one to 48 hours, after which you can go back to using your sunshade, or taking your car through an automated car wash.