Auto glass repair tips and its safety

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Auto glass repair tips and its safety

Windshield repairs have saved consumers millions of dollars over the years by allowing factory
installed auto glass to be safely repaired with technically designed plastic resins. In the 1960's
coated windshield glass was introduced. With the use of polyvinyl butyral the inner layer that
coated glass came into wider use by auto makers. It wasn't until the 1970's that true windshield
repairs become possible. Until that time, all that could be done was to force some oil-based
fluid into the spoiled area to disguise it, but the results were poor and offered no real repair
qualities to the safety or strength of the spoiled area, as you can well imagine.

A professionally installed modern windshield protects occupants in more ways than many
people recognize, it is MUCH more than a barrier against the weather. These days, a windshield
is a key component in the structural integrity and protection of the passenger compartment,
not just a wind screen. An unsafe windshield, one that is not installed correctly or has been
damaged by debris, can certainly cause needless personal injury or even death. If the
windshield separates from the vehicle in an accident, the lives of those inside are immediately
at far greater risk of damage.
Poor quality repairs can happen even when the most qualified repair person is at the helm.
Windshield glass is layered like a sandwich, and it's the outer layer of glass that receives all the
movement from the harsh road environment. The poly layer in the middle flexes and holds the
inner and outer layers of glass together so breakage is reduced and strength is added to the
vehicle's roof. When an object hits the windshield it will cause a hole or split that runs to the
inner glass layer. Even if the damage is small, the first thing that immediately contaminates the
area that is broken is good old air, and it's that air that shows up as a dark gray mark within the
windshield. Don't mistake this blemishing for water or dirt settling inside the injured area. The
splinter in the glass layer can be so tight that moisture in any form could not penetrate the

Visibility and protection from the weather are both important functions of a windshield, but
although these features are what mostly concern drivers, the role of the windshield in the
vehicle's SRS (Safety Restraint System) is its primary function. The decision between a cheap
installation with cheap parts and a expert installation with quality parts can mean the
difference between surviving and perishing in a collision or roll-over.

Keep that original windshield as long as you can to keep your factory seal, and don't replace it
until you just have to, because the predictable information is windshields break when hit. So
have it repaired with the right stuff, you might have to look through it every day.
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