Windshield replacement is a delicate process that requires the right tools and safety precautions. Automotive glass technicians must wear protective equipment, such as gloves, safety goggles, and a first aid kit, to protect themselves from flying glass particles and harmful glare. They also need to have the right tools in their toolset to successfully carry out the repair and restore clear visibility. Pear-tipped carbide tools are used to shape and contour glass, while a molding removal tool is used to remove the molding that surrounds the car's glass.
A cutting tool is then used to separate the glass from the car, which can be manual or motorized. Heavy-duty suction cups or lifters are also necessary to keep the technician safe during the replacement process. Before installing a new windshield, the technician must remove the old or broken windshield from the glass frame. To do this, they must use a rubber gasket to detach it from the channel and set it aside.
The technician must then use a scraper blade to remove any remaining old adhesive. It is important to clean both the outside and inside of the new windshield so it doesn't stain. The technician should then replace the gasket and place it around the perimeter of the windshield before using suction cups on it and carefully lifting it until it's in place. The rubber hammer can be used to “settle” it and reinstall the molding by pushing it down.
Replacing a windshield can damage sensors and cameras used by Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). If you're the type of person who likes to repair cars at home, then replacing the windshield on your own might be the best option. However, if you're not confident in your abilities, it's best to leave this job to a professional automotive glass technician who has all of the necessary tools and safety equipment. At Magic Glass Repair, our top priority is that repair work is done completely safely.