How to Protect a Car Window Until It Can Be Repaired
In a perfect world, you would be able to replace your car’s broken window immediately. But hectic schedules or limited finances can delay the process, as can glass that needs to be special ordered or custom made. However, the longer you wait to fix your broken glass, the more susceptible your car becomes to bad weather, (which can ruin the car’s interior), insects and other pests, and theft.
If you can’t book an appointment at an auto glass repair shop as soon as you notice a broken window, follow these tips to keep your car as safe and secure as possible until you get your glass replaced.
Remove as Much of the Broken Glass as Possible
Start by removing all valuables from your car, and, if possible, parking it in an inconspicuous place, such as a driveway. Next, clean up as much of the broken glass as possible. Wear protective gloves, and pick up any large shards of glass you see. Then, vacuum away any excess pieces. Make sure that you insert the hose as close to the window seal as possible to remove any glass that remains stuck inside.
Wipe Down the Window Seal and Frame Area
Next, you will want to remove any tiny pieces of glass the vacuum missed, along with dust and other debris from your window seal and frame. Lightly moisten a soft cloth with water, and gently wipe down the window seal and frame area, taking care not to bend or distort it. Take your time and remove as much dirt as possible. This will help ensure that the tape will stick to the area when you complete the next step of the process. Make sure that the area is completely dry before moving on.
Seal the Window
Using clear packing tape, or another type of strong waterproof tape, begin by placing strips vertically across the opening of the window. Start on one side of the window, on the inside of the car, and lay the first strip so that the tape touches the top of the window frame. Then layer another piece vertically, overlapping the first piece. Continue until the pieces overlap and cover the window.
Tape works better than cardboard, as it creates a better seal, and keeps moisture out. Always apply tape from the inside of the car, not the outside, as tape can cause paint to chip or peel.
If you have a broken car window, you will want to get it repaired quickly to keep your car as safe and comfortable as possible. If you live in the greater Phoenix or Flagstaff areas, Prime Windshields would love to help you fix your broken car window or windshield.
With over 30 years of auto glass experience, free mobile service, lifetime warranties, and help negotiating insurance policies, Prime Windshields promises expert service, competitive prices, and quality craftsmanship. Contact us today for an estimate, or to schedule an appointment to get your car window replaced and looking good as new.