Monthly Archives: April 2015

Things You Shouldn’t Do To Avoid Windshield Replacement

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Most of us take our cars for granted. We don’t clean them enough, and when we do clean them, we tend to do it incorrectly more often than not. We leave spider webs to hang loose on the exterior mirrors, and we let the car’s interior pile up with dust and last week’s takeout bags. Yet our cars hang in there, driving us all around town and even on out-of-state road trips. So shouldn’t we give them some love and appreciation by treating them better? The answer should be a loud yes! What we neglect the most when it comes to our cars is taking care of the glass properly. Thus, we’re listing some of the worst things we frequently do to car glass that we shouldn’t do. If you want to steer clear of windows and windshield replacement, read on attentively.

Cleaning Your Car’s Glass with Sponges and Towels – We’ve all made this mistake before; there’s no need to be embarrassed about it. Cleaning your car’s glass with a sponge and then drying the glass with a towel is probably the worst technique out there to cleaning auto glass. The sad part is, the majority of people continue to do this without being aware of the consequence. Sponges, when used on auto glass, scrub at the surface, leaving scratches over time. They’re not designed to be soft because they are meant to scrub out hard-to-remove stains from cooking pots and dishware. Therefore, it’s not a good idea to think that they are safe to use on cars. Towels, too, can scratch at the glass because the material they’re made out of is not completely smooth and soft.

Instead of using these terrible tools, switch to a microfiber cloth. Have two microfiber cloths ready, one for washing and one for drying, and you’ll be on your way to avoiding a windshield replacement.

Using Keys to Remove Decals – Some people are wiser than others, but many are still guilty of using keys to peel off a sticker or a decal off a car. There shouldn’t be a need to explain why keys are harmful to auto glass. If you really want to have scratches on your windows or windshield, then, by all means, carry on with the key method, but we don’t recommend it at all.

An easier way to remove stickers and decals is to apply WD-40 on them and let it set for a minute. Then, you’ll have an easier time peeling the sticker with your own fingernail.

Keeping Old Windshield Wipers – Please, do your car a favor and install new windshield wipers. You don’t want to be using worn out rubber blades; they’ll screech and rub too hard against the glass, and you can probably guess what will happen next . . .

Tinting Your Car’s Glass on Your Own – Unless you’re an auto glass expert (and we don’t mean if you’ve kept your glass clean for the majority of your adult life), don’t tint your car’s glass on your own. You need the right tools and the proper, legal tinted glass or film. Plus, you can easily make mistakes when you tint the glass, so it’s best to leave this to the professionals.

Parking Your Car under a Tree during a Storm – People don’t think too much about how they park their cars, but they should. If there’s a storm on the way, you don’t want to park under a tree, especially if that tree has fragile-looking branches (unless you really hate your car). Then if something goes wrong and your windshield breaks, you’ll have to have a windshield replacement.

Instead, be a cautious parker. Check the parking area before you park, and your car will be safe.

Avoiding a few common errors when it comes to taking care of your car will make your life much easier. You shouldn’t have to deal with a windshield replacement simply because you didn’t know the proper way of cleaning or tinting the glass. Do right by your car, and it’ll show you appreciation!

Windshield Washer Fluid Helps Avert a Car Glass Repair

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We’ve all been through those annoying situations where our windshields were completely smudged with dirt and bird droppings and we couldn’t wipe them clean with our windshield wipers. Though we attempted to spray some washer fluid—also known as blue water—across the glass to help us clean the mess, there just wasn’t enough fluid to remove the problem. So we drove home with a haze in front of us that led to a lot of glares from other cars’ headlights. Unfortunately, this situation happens too often. People neglect to check on the level of the windshield washer fluid in their cars and only notice that it is completely empty when they are suddenly in a dire need of cleaning their car’s glass. Washer fluid, however, is very important and should regularly be checked on since it protects the windshield and prevents a car glass repair.

How does washer fluid affect the windshield? Washer fluid affects the windshield in two major ways. Both are equally effective in keeping the glass in a good condition and out of a car glass repair shop.

parsin191#1 Keeps the glass maintained: Without the washer fluid, if you were to clean your glass, you would only end up scraping it with the dry windshield wipers. As a result, you would have a scratched glass that is even dirtier than before. In this case, a lack of washer fluid destroys the windshield. On the other hand, if there is enough washer fluid in your car’s tank at all times, you would be able to keep your glass sparkling clean without scratching and ruining the surface. In addition, with enough washer fluid, you would always be sure that you can see the road clearly. Therefore, not only does this keep your windshield strong, but it also keeps you and the other drivers around you safe.

#2 Keeps the wiper blades maintained: Similarly to keeping the glass maintained, having enough washer fluid in your car’s tank keeps windshield wipers maintained as well. You may be wondering what windshield wipers have to do with keeping your car’s glass in topnotch condition and out of a repair shop. Well, wiper blades are used to directly remove dirt off the glass. Though, if they are dusty and filthy and you use them, then the glass will be scratched. Alternatively, if you keep enough washer fluid in the car, then you’ll be sure that your wiper blades are clean as much as your windshield is. As a result, having washer fluid helps your windshield remain clean, your wipers remain clean, and saves you from paying fees to fix damaged glass.

How do you refill your windshield washer fluid?  Now that you’re aware of how crucial windshield washer fluid is when it comes to avoiding a car glass repair, you should learn how to refill it in your car’s tank. After all, it doesn’t magically pour itself in. First off, you will need to buy a washer fluid. There are many you can choose from at your local retail stores, such as Publix, Walmart, and Target. Most washer fluids are blue, so the next time you’re in the auto aisle, look for a bottle that contains blue water. After that, filling up on washer fluid should be easy. All you will need to do is find the washer fluid tank underneath the hood of your car. Most of the time, the tank has a blue cap, and the cap itself either has an image of a windshield and wipers or a text on it that says something like “Washer Fluid Only.” That’s where you’ll need to pour the windshield washer fluid in. Lift the blue cap and dispense the fluid almost to the top of the tank, making sure the fluid doesn’t spill over. Then return the cap to its place, and you’re good to go. From time to time, preferably once a month, check on the status of the washer fluid. If it is getting low, or even reaching half the tank, refill it.

In the end, it doesn’t hurt to monitor your windshield washer fluid regularly and add more when needed. In fact, it is highly essential that you do this often in order to keep the windshield and the windshield wipers clean and in good condition and stay out of a car glass repair shop.

Preventing Windshield Repair by Reducing Glares

tintedWindowMost car drivers have experienced windshield glares, especially if their cars’ glass is not tinted. If you’re reading this blog, chances are that you’re one of those drivers. Glares, while typically harmless, can be very dangerous when you drive. If you’re heading to work or school in the morning while the sun blazes right at you, you could find yourself driving half blindly. Even if you wear your polarized UV-protection sunglasses, you might still have a hard time getting to your destination. Unfortunately, the problem doesn’t end with daylight hours; if you’re driving at night, other cars’ headlights could just as easily flash through your windshield and cause glares. So what can you do to stop this problem? Do you avoid driving in the morning and in well-lit streets at night? The answer is no. You could easily end or at least reduce glares by doing a few simple actions, and in doing so you would also be preventing any windshield repair.

Clean the Windshield from Both Sides – The very first step toward getting rid of glares is to clean your windshield. The more dust and smudges are on the glass, the worse the glares will be. For that reason, it’s important to constantly clean your windshield. We recommend that you purchase a windshield cleaner, such as Rain-X Original Glass Treatment or Armor All Auto Glass Cleaner, from your local auto store; these are safe to use on your car’s glass. On the other hand, avoid Windex, household soap, laundry detergents, and the like; they are not meant for auto glass. Using the proper products assures you that you won’t need to get a windshield repair anytime soon. What you need to do is spray the windshield cleaner on the glass and wipe it with a microfiber cloth (also safe on auto glass). However, make sure to do both sides of the glass, as they can both get dirty and both cause glares.

Clean All Windows and Mirrors – While most glares occur because of a grimy and hazy windshield, it doesn’t mean that other areas in your vehicle aren’t also to blame. For instance, your windows and mirrors can reflect other cars’ headlights and obstruct your vision just as much. Therefore, you should always clean all the mirrors (especially the rearview mirror) and windows (internally and externally). You can use a windshield cleaner on these areas as well.

Clean Windshield Wipers – Windshield wipers are often neglected. However, they play a major role in reducing glares. Think about it for a second. If your wiper blades are old, dirty, and falling apart, what’s going to happen to your windshield when you use them? The glass is going to get scratched and stay filthy, which will worsen the glares. That’s why you should always examine your wiper blades to see what kind of condition they are in. If you find cracks in them, it’s time to install new ones. Additionally, you should regularly clean them. Simply wet a microfiber cloth with washer fluid and wipe the blades with it. Be sure to also clean the glass area underneath the windshield wipers, since that can hide a lot of dirt. In the end, clean wipers means a clean windshield, and a clean windshield means you’ll have less glares.

Make Sure There Is Enough Washer Fluid – It shouldn’t be told, but check on the amount of washer fluid in your car every month or so. If your car’s tank is running out of washer fluid, add more. It’s crucial that your vehicle has enough of the blue liquid at all times in case you ever need to clear the glass. Otherwise, you’d be stuck with many glares and your glass would be scratched, which would force you to get a windshield repair.

Clean the Headlights – Lastly, clean your car’s headlights. If there is dirt on them, you will find that other drivers’ lights are outshining yours and blurring your vision. Plus, over time, headlights take on a yellow haze which blocks out the light. Thus, in order to remove any dirt and get rid of the haze, you can simply combine baking soda and vinegar in a little foam cup and then use a microfiber cloth to wipe the headlights with this homemade solution. It might take you a few minutes to remove the dirt, but you’ll clearly see the difference when you’re done.

Glares are caused naturally, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get rid of them. By cleaning your car’s windshield, windows, mirrors, and headlights, you’ll eliminate any glares happening both day and night and prevent a windshield repair.

Why You Shouldn’t Do an Auto Glass Repair on Your Own

Replace-Your-Automobile-Windshield-Step-3You woke up one morning ready to go to work, but before you hopped in your car, you found yourself hovering over your windshield. A big crack was in the center of the glass, taunting you. It was probably the neighbor kids’ doing; they must have kicked their football straight toward your car’s windshield, and now you’re stuck with this issue to fix. You do a little research online and discover that there are many auto glass repair kits out there that promise to hide scratches, cracks, and chips. The price for these kits isn’t so high, and you start thinking about fixing your windshield on your own. You even start thinking that you could perhaps install a new windshield by yourself. Then you stumble upon a couple of articles that discourage repairing or replacing your own windshield. This leaves you unsure of what you want to do. Which is why we’ve made a list of reasons why you shouldn’t repair or replace your windshield if you’re not a professional auto glass specialist with the right equipment. These reasons should help you come to your own conclusion.

#1 The windshield you bought might not be a right fit – If your windshield has suffered a major damage, such as a big crack or a shatter, you will certainly need to replace it. However, if you purchase a windshield from just about anywhere, it will most likely not be a perfect fit for your car. Though you’ve measured how big the glass should be, it doesn’t mean that the glass will come in the exact shape of your car’s frame. If one corner is a tiny bit off, that could be the difference between being safe and putting your life at risk every time you drive. Saving money by doing your own auto glass repair and replacement and putting yourself in danger just does not seem worth it.

#2 The windshield you bought could be damaged – At the same time, how do you know that the windshield you purchased for a very cheap price isn’t also damaged? For all you know, the glass has been cracked many times and repaired enough so you wouldn’t be able to spot it. Then, when you replace the allegedly new windshield with your old one, you will start witnessing shorty after more and more cracks making an appearance because of the hidden damage.

#3 The repaired windshield could crack or shatter while you are driving – If you did purchase one of those auto glass repair kits and attempted to fix your chipped or cracked glass with it, then, chances are, the kit did half the job it was supposed to. It probably hid some areas of the damage while leaving other areas very noticeable. What’s bad about using these kits is that they don’t completely fix the problem you have. Therefore, it becomes dangerous for you to drive your car anywhere, as doing so with a semi-damaged windshield can cause the glass to have too much pressure on it, which would then lead it to crack or even shatter as you drive.

#4 Your car’s roof could collapse while you are replacing it or while you are driving – The majority of people are not aware of the fact that improper or lack of replacement of a damaged windshield can make a car’s roof less stable and cause it to collapse. Thus, if you are replacing your own windshield, or not repairing any damages correctly, you could be one step away from witnessing your car’s downfall. Even worse is if you are driving with an inadequately repaired/replaced windshield when the roof suddenly collapses. You really don’t want that to happen . . .

So it’s simple. The best way to have an accurate auto glass repair or replacement is to take your car to a professional auto glass shop. You can oftentimes even call specialists to come to you, which would allow you to stay safe until your car is fixed and back to its original condition.

How to Safely Remove Stickers from Auto Glass

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At one point or another, you wanted to add a sticker to your car’s back window; or maybe when you started college, you were required to put up a parking decal. A few months or years have gone by, and now you want to remove those stickers and decals. Perhaps you’re selling your car and wish to represent it in the best condition possible. Yet, you know from past experience that removing such stickers and decals off of auto glass isn’t easy. They tend to rip off into many little pieces, leaving behind glue and the remnants of the paper. So how do you remove these stickers without scratching the glass? It can be tough and take quite some time, but it can be done. Here’s all you need to know:

Don’t Use Anything that Scrapes

Before you start the sticker removal process, remind yourself not to use any tools that scratch at the auto glass, or you could be facing a bigger problem than the sticky sticker. In other words, don’t start shedding that college parking decal with your car key or a screwdriver. At the same time, don’t use your shaving razor to peel the sticker off. Just because some people on the internet recommended using these items does not mean that they know best. If you must use a tool at all to remove the sticker, purchase a special windshield-safe razor blade handle from your local auto store. These razor blade handles are meant to be used on glass.

Spray the Glass with Water

When you’re ready to remove that old decal, spray the area with water. Although this won’t create a big difference, it will help soften the sticker a little, making it easier to use products on it and remove it once and for all.

Rip the Sticker from One Corner at a Time

Afterward, start to pick at a corner of the sticker with your fingernail. Then, when the corner is released from the glass, use it to peel the entire sticker diagonally, so as to minimize the amount of times the sticker rips. If the sticker begins to rip, pick at another corner that’s intact and use that corner to peel the sticker diagonally once more. Repeat this step until a big portion of the sticker has been removed.

Use WD-40, Rubbing Alcohol, or Acetone

Now that most of the sticker is gone, use WD-40 (highly recommended), rubbing alcohol, or acetone to remove the remnants of the sticker as well as the glue. Spray or rub one of these products on the sticker, being very careful not to get the substance on the car’s paint, and let the product set for a minute.

Use the Special Razor Blade

This is when you can use that special auto glass razor blade mentioned earlier. Even though it is designed to be used on glass, use it cautiously. Slowly and gently slide it against the sticker, peeling the paper and glue as you go.

Clean the Glass with Water and a Microfiber Cloth

After using the special razor blade, any trace of the sticker should be gone. However, there might be a tiny amount of glue left behind, and so it is important to clean the glass at this time. Simply start out by spraying water over the area and then wipe the water off using a microfiber cloth. Microfiber cloths are soft on glass, making them ideal for cleaning cars. This step should get rid of the glue; though, it is still a good idea to go ahead and wash the glass properly using a windshield cleaner.

Sure, removing a decal off of auto glass can be an exasperating process, but with the right tools and products, you can do it without damaging the window. Just follow these steps provided and you’ll have an easy time and a great outcome. Your car’s glass will look untouched, so much so that you will think you had never placed a sticker in the first place.