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How long does auto glass repair or replacement take?Most windshield repairs can be done in 30 minutes or less, by a trained and experienced auto glass professional. Windshield replacements typically take a bit longer, but usually no more than one hour. After installation is complete, the urethane adhesive must be given time to dry. It is recommended that you wait one hour after installation before driving your vehicle. For auto glass service, you should allow at least two hours for installation and drying.

Can I drive after windshield replacement?
Windshield replacement typically takes about an hour for installation. During the installation the technician uses a urethane adhesive to seal the windshield into place. The adhesive must be allowed to dry for at least one hour before you can drive away. After an hour the windshield can handle normal driving. However, the urethane is not secure enough to keep the windshield in place in the event of a collision for at least 8 hours, so drive carefully and go straight home, if possible. It is also recommended that you leave one window cracked at least one inch for eight hours, weather permitting.

Remember to be gentle with your auto glass, especially for the first 24 hours. Be careful not to slam car doors as this can shift the new glass. Avoid rough terrain and drive carefully over speed bumps. Leaving your car windows cracked is also a good idea. This keeps air pressure from accumulating and causing the windshield to leak.

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How long do you have to leave tape on a new windshield?
During windshield replacement, the auto glass technicians will sometimes use specialized tape to help secure the windshield. Any tape should be left in place for at least 24 hours, preferably longer. Be sure to remove the tape carefully and completely.

How soon can I wash my car after windshield replacement?
After receiving windshield replacement, do not go through a car wash for at least 24 hours. It is highly recommended that you wait at least a few days, to give the urethane seal extra time to dry. The high water pressure of a car wash can loosen the auto glass sealing if it has not had time to completely cure. If you must wash your car, a hand wash should be fine, so long as you don’t use a high-pressure hose. Don’t worry if the forecast calls for bad weather, rainwater will not affect your new windshield.

Will auto glass affect my insurance?
Under South Carolina State Law, if you have comprehensive car insurance, there is no deductible for auto glass services. This means that you will pay nothing out of pocket, provided you are fully insured. This law covers the windshield, door glass, vent glass, quarter glass, back glass, sunroof and truck sliders. The only glass that it doesn’t include is sideview and rearview mirrors. South Carolina is one of only four states that has this auto glass law. Not only will you get a new windshield for free, your insurance company can not count auto glass service against you. Your insurance rates will not go up. A reputable windshield repair Spartanburg SC service will be able to help you verify your insurance claim and ensure that you pay nothing out of pocket.

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