Can You Drive with a New Windshield and Other Windshield FAQs

Are you in need of a new windshield? If so, you probably have a lot of questions. Well, you’re in the right place, and if you don’t find the answer to your windshield question here, the experts at Jack’s Glass would be glad to lay some windshield wisdom on you. Here are 3 of the most common windshield questions we get asked.

How long will a windshield replacement take?

There’s never a convenient time to get a windshield replacement. In fact, it often seems like rocks, hail, and other windshield ruiners pick the absolute worst time to strike! Luckily, a replacement will typically only take 1 hour.

Note: We recommend that you wait at least 1 additional hour before driving your car.

A trained technician will start by carefully removing the existing windshield and adhesive. Then he or she will inspect the existing surface, prime it for the new glass, and apply adhesive. Only after all of that can the new windshield be carefully put in place.

For a closer look at the windshield replacement process, read this article.

Tip: Be cautions when choosing an auto glass provider. If a company promises a quick fix, something may be amiss and your safety may be in jeopardy. Jack’s Glass follows the installation best practices and guidelines outlined by the Auto Glass Safety Council.

Can you drive with a new windshield? (a.k.a. How long do you have to wait to drive after a windshield replacement?)

In order to give the adhesive adequate time to “cure” (set and dry), Jack’s Glass recommends waiting at least one hour before driving your car after a windshield replacement.

Drying times can vary based on the adhesive used, complexity of the job, the humidity, and the temperature.

Can a new windshield get wet? (a.k.a. Can I get a car wash with my new windshield?)

Rain will not harm your new windshield, although a dry environment is necessary for the actual replacement work. If you’re concerned about other inclement weather such as hail, accumulating snow, or ice, it would be advisable to park your car in a garage or carport for the first day or so after the new windshield is installed.

In addition, you should not take your new windshield through a car wash for at least 24 hours. The chemicals in the cleaners, the water pressure, and the pressure of the brushes may negatively affect the new windshield.

Have more windshield replacement questions? No problem! Check out these other common auto glass questions or contact one of our knowledgeable glass professionals.

Once you’ve done your homework and you’re ready to proceed with your windshield replacement, the pros at Jack’s Glass would love to help you out. Find a location near you or call us at 859-342-JACKS (5225) to scheduled an appointment.


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