What to Do After Getting a New Windshield

If this is your first, you probably have questions. If it’s been a long time, you might wonder how much has changed. We understand. It’s not every day that you need a windshield replacement. Our Des Moines, IA teams handle windshield repair for all types of cars and trucks, so let’s outline what you can expect.

What You Should Do

  • Be patient. Replacing an auto windshield doesn’t take long, but sealing materials typically need to set for an hour (with us, only 30 minutes) before your car leaves the shop.
  • Roll down a window. Lower it about an inch for eight hours to avoid interior air pressure buildup that can affect the seals around your new windshield.
  • Close car doors quietly. Slamming them sends vibrations through the car’s body and into the windshield, impacting fresh sealants, molding, and weather stripping.
  • Always drive safely. It takes eight hours for seals to cure and set with enough strength to withstand the impact of a head-on or rollover collision.

What You Don’t Want to Do

  • Don’t pull the tape. Some windshield replacement jobs require leaving retention tape around molding for 24 hours, so wait before removing it.
  • Don’t power wash the car. High water pressure compromises a new windshield’s seals, so wait three days before visiting a commercial car wash or pressure washing at home.

Show That Windshield Some Love

  • Look for shade. High temperatures and the sun’s UV rays are hard on your auto windshield, so try to park under shelter from the sun.
  • Keep wipers in shape. Worn-out or damaged windshield wipers can scratch glass, making its surface more vulnerable to dings and cracks.
  • Allow for distance. Put space between your car and other vehicles on the road to minimize the risk of road debris accidentally thrown into your windshield.
  • Get it fixed. It costs less to address small dings and cracks than it does to replace the entire windshield, so take care of repairs as soon as you can.

Expect the Very Best

If you still have questions, we’re happy to help. Our teams here at Kryger Glass handle auto windshield replacement for Des Moines, IA drivers, and we serve the rest of the state with three additional locations. You can find us in Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri too. When you need expert auto glass repair, expect the very best from Kryger.