Can You Repair or Replace a Windscreen When It’s Raining?
You’ve made an appointment to take your car in to you have the damaged windscreen replaced or repaired, or arranged for a mobile windscreen replacement technician to come to your home, only for it to start raining shortly before your appointment. Does this mean you can’t have your windscreen replaced or repaired, and will need to reschedule because of the rain? Not necessarily, as we explain here.
Replacing or Repairing a Windscreen When It’s Raining
Most windscreen repair and replacement centres will have facilities to repair or replace windscreens under cover, such as in a workshop, but you can save yourself time by calling ahead to confirm this if it is raining on the day of your appointment. If you have scheduled a visit from a mobile windscreen replacement technician, you will need to ensure you have a garage or similar space where the technician can work shielded from the rain. The most obvious reason for this – aside from keeping the technicians dry – is that the adhesives and resin used when repairing or replacing a windscreen need to be applied to dry surfaces. And if you are having your windscreen replaced, there will be a period of up to 40 minutes when your car has no windscreen, meaning the vehicle interior is completely exposed to the elements.
Driving Immediately After Having a Windscreen Repaired or Replaced
While the resins and adhesives used when repairing or replacing a windscreen can take up to 48 hours to fully cure, technicians use UV lights and other methods to partially cure the resins and adhesives, meaning you can safely drive your car almost immediately after the repair or replacement is completed. Even if it is still raining. As we have written before, the main thing to avoid is using an automated car wash or power hose on your new windscreen for at least 48 hours. Unless it is a very heavy downpour with a chance of hail, your newly repaired or replaced windscreen will be fine.
Using the Windscreen Wipers on a Newly Repaired or Replaced Windscreen
Using your windscreen wipers almost immediately after replacing your windscreen shouldn’t be a problem, but the technician will advise you. However, using windscreen wipers directly after having a repair done could be a problem if the wipers would pass directly over the fresh repair. In situations like this, you might be advised to wait another one to two hours before driving out into the rain.
Driving with a damaged windscreen can be a serious safety hazard for you, your passengers, and other road users, especially in wet weather. Don’t let rain put you off taking your car in to have the windscreen repaired or replaced, and if you’re not sure it can be done, give us a call first to confirm.