More about auto glass safety and improper windshield replacement

We’ve mentioned how windshield repair is more than a money saver in our first blog post, and one reason is due to the safety functions of the windshield and factory seal. Here’s some more to think about…

The Urethane Seal that keeps your windshield in your vehicle creates a bond so strong that the vehicle designers use it to help hold the roof up. Glass is very strong and much lighter than steel, so since the 70’s auto companies have used more glass and less steel to help support the roof. The upside is increased gas mileage, but the downside is that in the case of a roll over accident, the roof is much weaker if the urethane seal is compromised. It is very difficult to replicate the factory seal and oftentimes a replaced windshield will be ejected in an accident, allowing the roof to crush an occupant! It is much more unlikely for an original factory seal to fail, so it is always safest to keep the original windshield if possible by using windshield repair.

Another major reason to keep the original seal is the passenger side airbag. The way modern airbags work is to deflect off of the windshield before inflating toward the passenger- if the urethane seal is weak or compromised, this can actually EJECT the windshield, eliminating multiple safety functions and increasing the likelihood of injury or fatality in an accident.

All of these dangers can be prevented or reduced by using windshield repair.

For more information on the dangers of improper windshield replacement, please visit this link at NGA responds to 20/20 article about improper windshield replacement

Repair, don’t Replace, for the Environment!

Windshield Repair as a process has been around a long time, and most people know it saves you money and time. What a lot of people don’t realize is that it is very good for the environment and saving energy!

One windshield weighs approximately 26 pounds. To make that one windshield, 156 gallons of water are used, and 52 pounds of carbon emissions are created.

Americans put 11 million tons of glass into landfills each year, and it takes 1 million years for glass to decompose!

Every time we repair a windshield instead of replacing and discarding it into a landfill (windshields are usually not recycled do to the cost and energy waste), we save energy, water, and landfill space. The transportation of glass is costly also, because of its weight it uses more gasoline to transport it!

Why Use Windshield Repair?

This is in addition to the more evident reasons to repair, such as retaining the factory seal and the integrity of the vehicle’s roof strength in a rollover accident, avoiding any potential leaks of air or water, and for vehicles with a passenger side airbag, the passenger’s life could be saved by a good windshield seal.

All these reasons make it a no brainer, repair your windshield if you can!

Real Windshield Repair Before and After
(Real repair performed by Steve Puls, Rockford IL during his training week in Orlando)

New metal coating stops rust, seals & primes

A coating developed by SuperGlass eliminates existing rust, seals the metal where the rust was and primes the surface for paint or other coatings. It can be painted over or left as a final coating. The result is that the rust is stopped and the surface is smooth, durable and rust proof.

The coating is water based, very safe and easy to use. The coating can be painted or sprayed on the surface to be treated and it dries to the touch in about twenty minutes. The product, and/or the service could be valued by our existing customers as well as other types of companies.

Potential uses include rust on vehicles, boats, heavy equipment, chains or anything metal with existing rust. The coating turns the rust area smooth and changes color to black after application. It can be spray painted, brush painted or left alone to continue to protect against further rusting.

As of press time the name of the product is simply “xxRust”. A more descriptive name will be assigned to the coating as packaging and labels are designed.

Rusty Chain treated with

The lower section of chain in the image above was lightly brushed with a wire brush, coated with xxRust and allowed to dry for 20 minutes. The rust is stopped and will grow no further and the surface is protected and ready to paint if desired. Common applications would be; vehicles (especially big trucks), storage tanks, highway signs & posts, boats, snow removal equipment, water & gas pipes, home touch-up, agricultural equipment, floor grates, guard rails, waste disposal containers and any other metal object that has the potential to rust.

At this time the product is exclusive to SuperGlass for commercial applications.

Windshield Repair: Just a money saver?

Most people assume that motorists repair their windshield simply to save money.

While it’s true that repair is generally about 10% of the cost of a windshield replacement, there are other compelling reasons to repair, rather than replace, stone damaged glass.

1. Safety – Today’s cars rely on the glass to provide major support to the roof in the case of a rollover accident. If the glass pops out the roof can more easily collapse. Retaining the original factory seal of the glass to the steel will ensure that performance.

2. Down Time: A windshield repair takes about 30 minutes and the car is ready to go immediately. With most replacements there is a cure time for urethane that will cause the car to sit for up to 8 hours.

3. Environment – Not only are most windshields dumped into the local landfills but, the manufacturing process is pollution heavy for the amount of product produced. For example; To manufacture one pound of glass will generate two pounds of Carbon Emissions, require six gallons of water in the process and use about 377,000 btu of energy. Repair helps avoid all that.

4. Cost: Windshield repair is about 10% of the replacement cost and insurance claims will eventually increase your policy rates. Most insurance companies will waive dedctible for repair but, many consumers elect to pay the $50 to $70 cost of repair themselves.