Before you can begin auto glass installation at home you must find the proper piece of glass to fit your vehicle. You can call shops around town that specialize in this substance and have they cut you a piece to fit. You can also call many auto supply dealers who order items like these from the car manufacturer. You can even get some of these items in places like salvage yards.
Auto glass installation will require you to have the window piece, the gasket that holds the window piece in place, and adhesive to hold the window piece in the gasket. The older cars used rubber gaskets to form a frame for the piece of glass, but newer cars use different methods of attaching the window to the car. Check with your local auto parts dealer to determine the exact adhesives and accessories you will need for the job.
Auto glass installation in cars that had rubber gaskets will require you to have a small tool that resembles a plastic screwdriver. This tool will help you pull the gasket over the edge of the window. The plastic tool will insure that you do not damage the glass during the installation of the gasket. This form of glass is tempered and resists breaking, but a metal tool can strike it on the edge in just the right way and cause the item to shatter.
During the final step of auto glass installation you are going to use more adhesive than you actually need. You need to make certain that you form a completely air tight seal so that water cannot penetrate the seal. You do not have to worry about the excess adhesive it can be quickly removed with a razor blade once it has had time to completely set. It is recommended that you do not trim away the excess adhesive for a minimum of twenty four hours after application.
This job really requires more than one set of hands. You need to ask a friend to come and assist you with the window. The front windshields and the rear window panels are often large and bulky. You may have no difficulty picking them up, but you may have a lot of trouble trying to hold them in place while you get the adhesives, and gasket, in the proper place. Having an additional pair of hands will insure that your window is set in the frame properly.
When you are replacing side windows that are designed to roll up and down you must make sure the tracks you are placing the material in is completely free of dust and debris. The tracks that the glass sits in will likely have broken glass shards in them. You can use a small paint brush to brush this area clean. You can also use a shop vacuum to suction the glass away. Even if you do not see any shards you should use the paint brush on this area because a tiny piece can cause big troubles later on.