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Only Kalamazoo Auto Glass would be so bold as to tell you how we install your windshield. We believe an educated customer who understands why we take the EXTRA steps we take for your safety will be a customer for life. All glass shops are NOT created equal, some actually take the time to do it right and do it safe!                         

If you're shopping for a new windshield (the front windshield is the most commonly replaced auto glass) you may be curious about what to expect during the windshield replacement process. So here's what happens at a basic installation. If your windshield is equipped with special features, such as heating elements or a rain sensor, then there may be additional steps:

1. Prepping Your Vehicle For Installation
Before the technician removes your windshield, he will set up his work area to make sure your vehicle is not damaged in the process. He'll outline your windshield with protective tape.  He'll also remove your windshield wipers and rear view mirror, and detach and move the cowl (that's the piece at the base of your windshield).

2. Removing Your Old Windshield
To begin removing your old windshield, the technician first unfastens the molding—the strip of chrome and/or rubber that provides an extra seal between the windshield and the vehicle (older automobiles will likely have molding around the entire windshield, some newer vehicles have less or none). Sometimes the molding can be reused, but often it must be replaced.

Your installer will use a special knife to cut through the urethane adhesive keeping your current windshield in place and push the windshield out of the frame. Since the removal requires brute force, usually the windshield cracks considerably, and if you're watching the replacement, you may be alarmed. Not to worry, it's all part of the process. The technician will store the old windshield glass in his vehicle to be recycled, so you don’t have to worry about disposing of it.

3. Preparing The New Windshield For Installation
After the old glass is out of the frame, the installer will use what’s called the “full cut” method to strip the old urethane down as close as possible to the metal frame, allowing the new urethane to bond properly to the frame and windshield. With the old urethane gone, the technician will clean the pinchweld twice, once with water and again with rubbing alcohol. The Tech will prime both the frame and new windshield surfaces. This ensures that no contamination occurs—preventing leaks and ensuring a strong bond—so the new windshield meets the same safety standards as the original factory-installed windshield.

4. Installing Your New Windshield
Your technician now “dry sets” the windshield, lowering it into place to mark exactly where it will fit, since the windshield should not be moved around once the urethane has been applied. Using a special attachment to a caulking gun-type tool, the installer will then apply the adhesive to the appropriate surfaces. He will carefully place the new windshield into the opening, using the marks he made earlier in the process as guides. When your installer is working with your new windshield, he wears disposable gloves to avoid contaminating the edge of the windshield with his bare hands.

5. The Finishing Touches
After the windshield has been installed, your installer will then install your molding, cowl, rear view mirror, and windshield wipers. He'll clean up any broken glass or debris in and around your vehicle.

6. A Safe Drive-Away Time
The installation is finished, but your vehicle isn't ready to drive yet. First, the urethane must fully harden, or "cure." The amount of time this takes depends on the kind of urethane used, the temperature, and the humidity. Your installer will calculate a safe "drive-away" time for you.

After your installer is completely finished with the windshield installation, he should have some paperwork for you to sign. If you're not around for the installation, he should leave the paperwork in your car, as well as a tag letting you know when you can drive your car.

You may also notice that one or two of your vehicle's windows have been left open a crack. That's so that if you open or close your door before the urethane has fully cured, the changing air pressure inside the car won't dislodge the windshield.

7. Enjoy Your New Windshield
When properly installed, your new auto glass will meet the safety specifications of the original factory-installed windshield.


Auto Glass
The windshield is the only thing protecting you from outside elements such as wind and small debris, in a moving automobile. While technology has advanced the durability of Windshield today, auto glass in daily use can, and will need repair or complete replacement to ensure your safety.

Auto glass installation is done with a special adhesive that creates a molecular bond between the vehicle and the glass or windshield. Since the installation needs to be airtight, the process must begin with a clean surface using special care not to get any dirt or other particles inside the windshield seam. Failure to keep the windshield repair clean and free of dirt can lead to rust and corrosion. The proper clips must also be used to ensure sealing and keeping it airtight and waterproof.

Also important is cleaning your windshield. Keeping your windshield clean will not only keep your driving visibility safe but also allow you to constantly check for small cracks that can be repaired right away.


Exclusive 21 Step Installation process

. Complete pre-inspection checklist.

• Remove all required hardware.
• Cut out windshield from the inside of vehicle, eliminates chances to scratch exterior paint.
• Cut out old layer of urethane at 1/8th inch thick, maintains the manufacturers intended height of   windshield and prevents rust from forming in unseen scratches under the old bead.
• If needed, grind away any small amounts of rust currently present form prior bad installs. If rusted surface is large we recommend taking to a body shop for proper removal.
• Vacuum pinch weld to remove any large loose debris.
• Clean pinch weld with water to remove and smaller sticky particles.
• Clean pinch weld with alcohol to remove any contaminants such as oil, salt & grime..
• Clean all smooth surfaces of the dash.

. If grinding was required, Prime bare metal areas with an etching primer.
• Prime entire pinch weld to cover any scratches and give best possible adhesion to vehicle.
• Install New molding on to the glass, (If Required).
• Clean and scour new windshield inside edges to remove any handling contaminants.
• Prime bead path on glass and molding.
• Dry set new windshield on vehicle and mark for precise fit prior to applying glue.
• Pump urethane on to glass for precise pattern and least amount of seems.
• Place windshield into opening at designated marks.
• Tape windshield into place with non residue retention tape.
• Replace all hardware.
• Test proper wiper operation.
• Clean windshield and vacuum front of vehicle (seats and floor).
• Clean rear view mirror and final check of vehicle for delivery!.
. Complete post-Inspection checklist.

Total install time w/ 2 installers, 45 Min. to an Hour (most vehicles)

Urethane cure time is 1 hour from time of application (Chemical Cure)