Caring for mirror glass: How to keep your car safe - The Redditch Standard

Caring for mirror glass: How to keep your car safe

Redditch Editorial 17th Sep, 2023   0

The mirrored windows on your car play an important role in driving safety. They allow you to see other road users and your surroundings, making their proper care critical. Clean both sides of your mirror windows regularly, both inside and out. Use a cleaner designed specifically for auto glass to remove dirt, bird droppings, plaque and other stains. Properly cleaned windows provide clear and crisp vision. Use soft cloths, microfibre or special glass cleaners to clean the windows. Avoid using abrasive materials such as steel wool or rough-surfaced sponges to avoid scratching the glass.

If your mirrored glass has an anti-reflective coating, be especially gentle when cleaning. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to avoid damaging this coating. If your glass has minor scratches, you can try special glass polishes to reduce the visibility of scratches and improve clarity. Periodically check the adjustment of the mirror panes. Make sure they are in the correct position and provide good rearward visibility.

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Malfunctions in your car’s glass can occur due to a variety of factors and influences.

Impacts and damage: Car windows are at risk of damage from many sources such as rocks, chips, broken glass, accidents or collisions with other objects. Even small chips or cracks can expand and cause serious damage.

Temperature Changes: Abrupt temperature changes, especially when using hot water to thaw ice or glass, can cause stresses in the glass and lead to cracks.

Material Expansion: Glasses can expand and contract in response to temperature changes. This can cause stresses in the glass over time and lead to cracks or damage.

Wiper wear: Poor or worn wipers can leave marks and scratches on the glass, which impairs visibility and can damage the glass surface.

Chemical Exposure: Contact with harsh chemicals such as acids or ammonia can damage the glass surface.

Ageing and wear and tear: Glass can age and undergo wear and tear over time, making it less durable and susceptible to damage.

Glass replacement is a task best left to professionals to ensure safety and quality work. Glass care includes regular cleaning and keeping your windshield wipers in good condition, which helps to maintain good visibility and safe driving.

When choosing glass for replacement, make sure it meets the standards appropriate for your vehicle

Check your insurance policy to see if glass replacement is covered. In some cases, insurance may cover glass replacement.

If you plan to replace the glass yourself (which is not recommended without the proper experience), follow the vehicle manufacturer’s instructions and use the correct tools and materials. After replacing the glass, make sure it is well sealed to prevent water or wind from leaking into the interior of the vehicle.

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