Most of us don’t think much about how we should properly care for our vehicle’s glass. That’s why it comes as no surprise that the reason many disregard their auto glass is because they believe it doesn’t have to be cared for as much as other parts of a vehicle.
However, the fact of the matter is that no matter what type of vehicle you drive and whether it’s relatively old or new, ignoring your glass can lead to serious issues. The following are some examples of how we tend to knowingly or unknowingly forget about our auto glass.
1. Incorrectly Cleaning Auto Glass
Many of us that like to manually wash our cars don’t clean the interiors of the vehicle’s window glass. Even when we take it for an express wash, the interiors are still unaccounted for. So, if there is a mark or stain on the inside of the glass, it can be visible on the outside after you get a carwash.
Sometimes, hard water spots containing a large amount of calcium, iron, lime and/or minerals can be inflicted on vehicle windows. When these spots are left on the glass for too long, they can result in extremely tough-to-remove stains that won’t go away with a regular wash or glass cleaner.
Vehicles that are generally over a year old display a buildup of dirt in the corners of the windshield or rear window over time, which often go ignored, as well. These areas can be cleaned using a toothbrush and a spray cleaner.
Even though everyone has a different preference when it comes to how many times a vehicle should be washed and cleaned out, it should be done on a regular basis. The best way to get it done is by considering it to be a task equal to your personal hygiene routines, and washing both sides of your auto glass whenever you wash your car.
2. Disregarding Auto Glass Repair/Replacements
One of the most common mistakes auto owners make is leaving a small chip or crack on their vehicle’s windshield (or on any other auto window) without fixing it right away. Similarly, drivers often don’t replace auto glass that’s damaged beyond repair.
If chips from rocks, debris, pebbles, and hail are left without repair, what appears to be a minor crack can turn into a serious one over time, as residue can build up, ultimately resulting in the need to replace the window glass. In addition, if damaged window glass goes ignored, it is more likely to shatter during an accident.
3. Improperly Installing/Removing Window Tints and Decals
Another auto glass “offense” is having your window tints inappropriately installed or removed. When window tints are installed by amateurs, the former’s lifespan will most likely be shorter, costing you more money in the future to fix or replace the tints. They will also provide limited protection and may tarnish your vehicle’s appearance with unsightly bubbles left over from adhesive.
Following years of exposure to the Nevada sun, the layers of plastic that make up a window tint start to break down and must be replaced. Since the adhesive used to apply the auto glass tints hardens and crystallizes over time, it becomes harder to remove, and those who try to scrape off the film themselves often destruct the auto glass beneath the film.
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