We know time and money are precious, and always in short supply. With mobile windshield replacement from GlassWerks, we’ll work with your insurance company to get you the replacement you need, but also save you time with our mobile service calls in a 60-mile radius from our three locations in St. Cloud, Brainerd and Willmar.
Let’s take a look at how mobile windshield replacement works, so you know what to expect when you give us a call.
Preparing The Vehicle For Mobile Windshield Replacement
Just like in the shop, there are certain steps we need to take to prepare the vehicle. The windshield wipers need to be removed, as well as the antennae if it’s in the way. We’ll also remove the rearview mirror, and then proceed to removing the protective plastic covering the edges of the windshield.
Removing The Glass
Then, we begin removing the glass itself. We’ll use a lubricant to prepare in the inner edge of the windshield, and then take a specialized cutting tool to the windshield, cutting it free of the vehicle. This tool eliminates any risk of damaging your vehicle. Once the glass is removed, we’ll remove the old glue from the vehicle.
Here is where mobile windshield replacement really starts to differ from having it done in the shop. Because we don’t have shop equipment, we’ll need to affix a special arm to the vehicle to help hold the windshield in place while we dry-set it. This arm attaches to one of our suction cups, allowing us to set the arm to an exact length so it’s simple to set it when we’re ready.
Once we have it set perfectly, we’ll remove the handle from the suction cup and set the new glass aside, leaving the arm at the perfect setting.
Preparing The Surface & New Glass
Next, we’ll prepare the surface of the vehicle to receive the glass by cleaning it perfectly and adding a primer to achieve a high-intensity hold.
Then, we’ll clean the new glass perfectly to remove any small dust or other particles, prime it, then add the glue.
Setting The Glass
Once we’re all ready to go, we’ll reattach the glass to the mobile windshield replacement arm, and set it down in the exact spot we chose before. Once it’s in, we observe both the interior and exterior to ensure everything is flush. Once things are looking good, we replace everything we’ve removed, and the glass sits for about an hour before it’s ready to drive again.