The structural integrity, safety and appearance of the vehicle must not be compromised when automotive glass is replaced. The following provides general industry guidelines and advice for the safe replacement of automotive glass.
The AGA acknowledges that every vehicle and job is unique and will require a tailored approach. These general industry guidelines reference the following:
For more specific advice please contact the members listed in the member search and purchase the relevant standard/s listed above.
Preparing the vehicle
Removing the glass
Preparing the aperture
Preparing the glass
Applying the adhesive bead
Installing the glass
Inform the customer about curing time requirements. Take due regard to ambient weather conditions and installation methods and materials. Adhesive cures progressively due to reaction within the moisture in the air and the adhesive manufacturer's recommendations should be explained to the customer to ensure the correct cure level and strength is achieved before the vehicle is driven.
Remember - windscreens fitted to vehicles with passenger side airbags will require a longer drive-away time. This is due to the passenger's airbag relying on the windscreen to control how it inflates.
Where direct-glazed rearlights are replaced, an extended drive-away time should be used. If such time is not adhered to and the side window is wound down while the vehicle is in motion the force of the wind could dislodge the rearlight.
Adhesives must meet all relevant Australian Standards. All components of the direct glazing adhesive system must be within their ‘used by’ or ‘best before’ dates at the time of use.
There are three main adhesion methods:
1. Direct glazed adhesive bonded windows
NB: always follow the direct glazing manufacturer’s instructions and use all the components from the same manufacturer to ensure compatibility
2. Butyl taped
3. Rubber mounted