Having your windshield replaced is a straightforward process, but there may be terms used you do not understand. Here is a look at some of the common terms used and what they mean.
Chemical Curing - Chemical curing refers to using chemicals to cure the adhesives used to install your new windshield. In areas where the weather or humidity will not permit proper adhesive curing, certain chemicals may be used to encourage faster curing so the glass is ready to go when it leaves the repair center.
China Markers - During the auto glass installation process, the technician will use special markers to make marks on the glass to guide the installation. The markers used during this process are often referred to as China markers. These markers have a chalky ink that dries quickly and wipes off easily when the work is done. When you get your vehicle back after auto glass replacement, you may see a few stray marks. These can be wiped away easily with a damp towel.
Emery Tool - If you have ever used an emery board on your fingernails, you will understand what an emery tool is. These tools have a granular surface used for sanding down rough edges on the windshield's edges. Even though the windshields are most often smoothed out by the manufacturer, there can be small areas that need to be smoothed for proper adhesion of the sealants used during installation. The emery tool may have to be used to correct the rough edges.
Hot Melt Butyl - When the auto safety glass replacement expert installs the windshield, they will have to be careful to not mess up the hot melt butyl, which is a seal that is installed around the edge of the glass. The material is melted in place by the manufacturer.
Neoprene Seals - Neoprene is a highly resilient type of rubber that is often used as trim around certain windows in older cars. You may find a neoprene seal around something like a sunroof or the back sliding glass in a pickup truck. Neoprene seals are great, but they can also wear out over time and have to be replaced.
Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive - Adhesive that is pressure-sensitive actually activates when it is pressed against the frame of the windshield. The installation process is simplified when the pressure-sensitive adhesive is used because the adhesive will become tacky enough to hold the window securely in place after a short application of pressure on the glass.
Speak to an auto safety glass replacement professional for more information.