Importance of Having Your Windshield Installed by
NGA Certified Technicians at a Reputable Windshield
installation is a complicated job that requires skill
and training in the proper use and handling of primers,
adhesives and the windshield itself. The vehicle itself
must be properly prepared before installation as well.
safety of you and your passengers depends on the use
of proper windshield replacement materials and procedures.
To assure you receive a proper and safe windshield
replacement, we recommend you verify the following
in writing with your windshield replacement
supplier before authorizing them to replace your windshield.
Failure to properly carry out any of these steps could
result in an improper and unsafe installation!
The individual(s) (two are preferred)
carrying out the installation is certified by
an industry organization such as the National Glass Association. Certification
should be in the name of the installer(s), not
the shop for which they work.
The glass that will be installed
on your vehicle meets or exceeds the specifications
established by your vehicle's manufacturer --
thus allowing you to retain your warranty, and
maintain the structural integrity of your vehicle.
adhesive that will be used to bond your new windshield
to your vehicle's frame meets or exceeds the specifications
established by your vehicle's manufacturer and
is specifically designed and labeled for windshield
replacements under the environmental (i.e. temperature)
conditions in which your windshield will be replaced
-- thus allowing you to retain your warranty,
and maintain the structural integrity of your
vehicle. Important note: Make sure
they tell you the recommended "Safe
Drive Away Time" (i.e. how long you'll need
to wait before the windshield is securely bonded
to the vehicle and it's safe to operate) for the
urethane adhesive used and show you how
they arrived at this time. Depending on the temperature
and type of urethane adhesive used, cure times
can range from 1 (for 2-part urethanes) to 24
hours (for 1-part urethanes). DO NOT DRIVE THE
VEHICLE BEFORE THIS PERIOD OF TIME HAS ELAPSED!
The procedures that will be used
to install your new windshield are approved by
your vehicle's manufacturer -- thus allowing you
to retain your warranty, and maintain the structural
integrity of your vehicle.
The lower windshield cowl panel
will be removed to assure an appropriate amount
of adhesive will be used to safely bond the lower
portion of the windshield to the frame of the
As the urethane used to adhere
the original windshield is removed, no more than
1/16" of this material will be left behind.
Prior to installation, appropriate
designed and labeled for windshield replacements
will be used to prepare both the new windshield
and vehicle frame -- thereby allowing for a strong,
long lasting, bond between the new windshield,
the urethane adhesive and the vehicle's frame.
moldings damaged during the installation process
will be replaced.
Along with the paperwork you receive, ask for documentation
of the individuals who installed your windshields
and a copy of their certification status
source of the glass
numbers of the urethane and primers used.
temperature during installation and storage
prior to the "Safe Drive Away Time"
Drive Away Time
by the certified installation technician(s)
that the installation was done properly and
information, read the compelling articles published
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Detroit News, and the Canadian
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