Monthly Archives: April 2015

Unsafe Products That Lead to an Auto Windshield Repair

spongeWe’ve all made mistakes with our car’s glass at one point or another, even if we weren’t aware of it. From using harmful products to cleaning with rough tools, we’ve ruined the glass little by little. Since the majority of people still don’t know the proper way to clean a vehicle’s glass, we’ve decided to share with you a list of products and tools that are used the most that end up damaging the glass and causing you to go to an auto windshield repair shop. If you’re guilty of using these products to clean your car’s glass, be sure to withhold from using them again.

Sponges – Yup, you know you’ve done this before. Sponges are probably the most commonly reached for product when it comes to washing a car. People associate sponges with cleanliness because they are regularly used to clean dishware and sometimes even to scrub counters. But that’s where the problem lies; they are meant to scrub, not gently clean. Sponges, when used to wash cars, can scratch at the paint. Worse yet is when they’re used to wash a car’s glass. They end up really harming the surface. Though signs of scratches don’t show right away, over months and years, you’ll be able to see how using a sponge has ruined the glass. So it’s crucial to refrain from using one if you don’t plan on getting an auto windshield repair.

Towels – Who hasn’t used a towel to dry a newly-washed vehicle? Chances are, you’ve done this numerous times without knowing the risky side effects. Just like with using a sponge to clean your car’s glass, using a towel to dry the glass can scratch the surface. While towels seem soft, they are not soft enough to use on a car’s glass. In the end, they’ll only make you regret using them.

windexAmmonia (Windex) – Many household products that you might be using to clean your vehicle’s glass have ammonia in them, and ammonia is very harmful on cars. For instance, many Windex products have ammonia, and though you can use Windex on regular windows and mirrors, you shouldn’t use it on your car’s glass. Not only does ammonia leave streaks on auto glass (which creates glares while you drive), but it also can ruin the glass if it’s tinted. Over time, ammonia will cause the tint to peel off, leaving you with really terrible windows and windshield. So it’s best to steer clear of ammonia-based products if you don’t want to deal with an auto windshield repair.

What Can You Use? – See, there are only a few items you need to avoid. Still, what are you supposed to use now that you’ve gotten rid of all the products and tools you used to rely on whenever you went out to wash your car? The answer is very simple. Get a microfiber cloth, or two (one for washing and one for drying). A microfiber cloth is safe to use on a car’s paint and glass. It is soft and smooth and won’t scratch. So now you’re probably wondering what kind of cleaning product you can use to spray your glass with. Well, if you go to an auto shop or a retail store with an auto shop, you should find many products that are safe to use on car glass. Some examples are Armor All Auto Glass Cleaner, Mothers Glass Cleaner, Rain-X Automotive Glass Cleaner, and Invisible Glass Premium Glass Cleaner. All of these are recommended for washing auto glass.

If you’re using any of the above mentioned products and tools that are unsafe on a car’s glass, be sure to put them away. Averting an auto windshield repair is as simple as relying on the correct products. Sure, your car’s windshield and windows might still get damaged from other everyday threats, but the probability of you harming your own car’s glass is more likely. As a result, it’s best to take action right away and buy the tools that are the most affective at cleaning the glass.

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Precaution against Rain Prevents a Windshield Repair

rainRain isn’t the most terrible element people encounter while driving. Snow, thunder, and hail are much worse. For instance, snow can cause tires to swerve, forcing the driver to be in a dangerous situation that could harm him and other people on the road. Hail, too, can be a dreadful element when people are driving. It could chip or crack the car glass, making the windshield unstable. However, while people can’t exactly take precautions against these three elements, they can take precautions against rain. Rain is somewhat calmer than snow, thunder, and hail, but heavy rain, particularly during a big storm, can be just as threatening. In the midst of a rainstorm, the one thing drivers usually do is turn their windshield wipers on maximum speed. Doing so causes immense friction against the glass, which can lead it to become scratched or broken. Therefore, it’s important to protect car glass prior to facing rain in order to prevent a windshield repair.

Making Sure Wiper Blades are In Working Condition – When you have the time, examine your car’s windshield wipers and make sure they are functioning. Wiper blades play a major role in maintaining the windshield. If they’re getting old and you can clearly see cracks and tears in the rubber, they could scratch the glass when you put them to use. Thus, if you’re driving during a heavy storm and your wipers are in an awful condition, you could be destroying your windshield right there and then, one movement at a time.

What you need to do: Don’t neglect your windshield wipers. Look at them closely once a month and any time after you drive in a storm. Search for cuts and worn rubber, and if you find any, replace the wipers with new ones. The life expectancy of wiper blades usually varies somewhere from six months to a year. As long as you inspect them regularly and don’t keep them longer than they are meant to last, you’d be guarding your glass from getting broken and needing a windshield repair.

Keeping Car Glass Clean – Although cleaning your car glass doesn’t directly affect rain, it does maintain your windshield wipers, which, in turn, keeps the glass strong and secure during rain. Otherwise, if you leave the glass dirty, then the wiper blades will also become dirty, making them more prone to cracks and tears in the rubber. Then, the next time it rains, you’d be using worn out wiper blades to shield the glass, but you’d be causing damage instead.

rainrepelInvesting in a Rain Repellent – This precaution is not necessary, but it is highly recommended if you want to do everything you can to avert a windshield repair. Using a windshield rain repellent helps you ward off rain without needing to set your wipers to maximum speed. In fact, with a rain repellent treatment, you might not even need to use your wipers at all. The rain repellent usually does a great job of improving your visibility during rain. Rain-X is a well-known rain repellent product in the market.

What you need to do: You can spray the rain repellent on the glass (the windshield and other windows) and then wipe the excess off. It’s pretty easy using a rain repellent.

parkingParking Cautiously – How do you park cautiously and how does that defend your car glass from rain? The answer is simple. When you park your car, check your surroundings. Make sure that your car isn’t directly underneath a tree with a weak tree branch that could fall easily. Take a look at anything that could harm your vehicle, even if it’s sunny out and the weather is nice. For all you know, while you’re away, a bad rain could ensue and wreck your car glass. So taking this precaution is an added safety measure.

Taking these precautions against rain certainly will help you avoid a windshield repair. Plus, these recommendations are easy to follow and don’t take long to do. Consequently, there’s really no reason to allow rain to ruin your car glass.

Removing Stickers and Decals Safely from Auto Glass

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If you’re a college student, your school probably made you put up a parking decal on your car. A few months or so later, when you needed to remove that decal to put another one in its place for the new semester, you found that it was the toughest sticker you’ve ever had on your car. The adhesive not only seemed permanently attached in certain areas, but it also kept tempting you to grab your car keys and scratch it out. However, even though such decals—or other stickers on your car for that matter — give you a hard time, we have a method to help you remove them once and for all without any remnants of the glue or any damage to the auto glass.

Simply follow our steps below:

Get Rid of Anything that Scrapes When many drivers need to remove decals or car stickers off of their auto glass, they tend to grab their car keys and scrape at the sticky paper. This is a very terrible way to remove stickers. First off, it scratches the glass (which costs money to fix). Second off, it helps peel off the paper but does not get rid of the glue on the window. Other objects people tend to use to remove decals and stickers are shaving razors and screwdrivers. Not only do these seem absurd, but just think of all the damage these can cause if you’re using them to scratch stickers off. Just be aware that if others on the internet recommend using these objects, it doesn’t mean that they know what they are talking about.

Spray the Area with Water After you’ve gotten rid of any tempting but dangerous tools, get a spray bottle and spray the area where the decal is with water. Or, you can simply wash your entire car and go from there. The way water works is that it softens the sticker just enough to help you add other products that do the rest of the removal.

Remove the Sticker/Decal from One Corner at a Time Next, start out by picking at one corner of the decal with your fingernail, moving diagonally toward the opposite corner. We’ve all done this before, so it shouldn’t be difficult. What can be difficult, though, is the sticker tearing up a little bit of the way through. You’ll just have to pick another corner and repeat this step until all corners are torn. Try your best to get as much of the paper off before the corners tear. Afterward, attempt to remove what remains of the paper with your fingernail. Don’t feel bad if you can’t get rid of it all.

Use Suitable Products to Ease the Removal Process There are a couple of products out there that are safe to use on auto glass. Some of these products are rubbing alcohol, acetone, and WD-40. We recommend that you use WD-40 because it was designed for the removal of such items as tar, bugs, stickers, and more; it is literally a penetrating oil that helps soften and wipe out unwanted elements. Take WD-40, or the other products mentioned, and rub or spray it on the decal. Then, leave the product to set for a minute or so.

Purchase and Use a Special Razor Blade While you let the WD-40 set, grab a special windshield-safe razor blade handle and use it to peel off the decal. You can find these razor blade handles in your local auto store. Though they are called “razor blades,” they are not your typical shaving razors. Therefore, they don’t damage the glass when you use them to remove stickers. What you need to do is take the special razor blade and gently slide it against the sticker, peeling it as you go. This should remove all the paper and glue remaining.

Clean the Glass Properly At the end, clean the glass as you would when you clean your car. Just be sure to use a microfiber cloth to wipe the glass. Whereas sponges and regular rags can scratch the glass, a microfiber cloth is soft, making it safe on car glass. Making sure to clean the glass properly at the end ensures that you wipe away any residue from the WD-40, acetone, or rubbing alcohol. At the same time, doing so keeps the glass in a great condition.

That’s all there is to this method. From now on, you shouldn’t dread removing any decals or stickers off of auto glass. With just the right tools and products, and a little patience, your car’s glass will be clean and back to its original condition.

Reducing Glares and Averting a Car Glass Repair

Lots of GlareYou’re driving at night when another car’s headlights suddenly create a glare on your windshield. The strong lights blind you for a few seconds, putting you at risk of colliding with the vehicle in front of you or unintentionally swerving to another lane. This isn’t the first time this has happened. In fact, even in the morning when you’re driving to work you have this problem. Sunlight and just about any strong light create glares, making your driving very dangerous. Though you use the best sunglasses during daylight hours, the issue is unresolved at night. Nevertheless, the solution to this problem is simpler than you thought, and it’ll prevent you from having to go to a car glass repair shop to get this fixed.

Clean the Windshield Inside and Out – The most important action to take in order to maintain your car’s glass, keep the glares away, and avoid going to a car glass repair shop (which can cost you a lot of money) is to start out by cleaning your windshield. Take a windshield cleaner, such as Rain-X Original Glass Treatment or Armor All Auto Glass Cleaner, and spray it over the windshield. Then, using a microfiber cloth (don’t use regular rags, towels, or sponges as they can scratch the glass), wipe the glass clean. It will sparkle like it should. Then, repeating the same process, clean the other side of the windshield from inside the car. This will remove dirt and grime that have been building up on the glass and stop windshield glares.

Clean all Windows and Mirrors – Of course, cleaning the windshield isn’t enough to remove glares. You can still get glares through your windows and mirrors, as they can reflect other cars’ headlights and obstruct your vision. Before you go to a glass repair shop, take a look at your glass. When was the last time you cleaned it properly? It’s highly necessary to clean all of your vehicle’s glass, including your rearview mirror, if you are having problems with glares.

Clean Windshield Wipers – While cleaning your windshield wipers doesn’t directly affect glares, it does help you maintain your windshield’s cleanliness, which in turn removes glares. Thus, it is crucial to regularly inspect your wiper blades and get them cleaned. Use your favorite washer fluid to wet a microfiber cloth. Then, use the cloth to wipe the windshield wipers. This will leave them in a good condition and help you keep the glass in a topnotch shape. However, if your windshield wipers are old and have cracks in them, replace them with new ones, as the old wipers can scratch at the glass and cause even more glares. At the same time, always be sure that you have enough washer fluid in your car so you can keep the windshield clean at all times.

Clean the Headlights – Finally, in order to avoid glares and not have to go to a car glass repair shop, clean your car’s headlights. This will help you view the road more clearly since other vehicles’ lights won’t outshine yours and blur your vision. There are a couple of ways to clean the headlights. While wiping them off with a car cleaner and a microfiber cloth is good—even essential—you will find that you need to do more in order to remove the yellow haze that’s on them. Therefore, what you can do is take baking soda and vinegar and combine a little bit of each in a foam cup. Then, you will dab your microfiber cloth in this homemade remedy and use it to wipe the grime and haze off of the headlights. This homemade solution can be very effective toward reducing glares.

With just these few actions, you’ll never have to deal with glares again and you won’t need to go to a car glass repair shop just to feel safe driving on the road at night or during daylight hours. Regularly check your car’s windshield, windows, mirrors, and headlights and get them cleaned properly. It will do wonders when it comes to these irritating glares.