As the technician cuts through the old urethane, he scratches the pinch weld. If the technician does not clean and put primer on the pinch weld, the metal will begin the rust process as soon as the new urethane is applied. You can not install a safe windshield when rust is present. The urethane will not bond to the vehicle body and the windshield will release with the rust.
“There are varying degrees of rust. At Metro Glass, unfortunately we have to perform rust treatments several times a week due to the careless or unknowledgeable practices in the market. If the rust has not reached the stage where there are actual holes in the metal, we can grind the rust out and apply a corrosive retardant and install a safe windshield in our shop. In about 10% of the rust cases, the vehicle has to go to a body shop for major rust removal and welding of a new metal strip. Basic rust removal can range from $70-$170. A more serious job at a body shop can cost between $250 and $650,” states Rich Lutton, owner of Metro Glass.
Avoiding cheap, quick, unsafe windshield replacement can save you a great deal of money in the future and more importantly, keep you safe. Even though your windshield is a Federally Mandated piece of Safety Equipment, anyone can install a windshield without training or certifications. This is a disturbing fact. A sub-quality windshield installation can cost you more money down the road!
Choosing a shop that is AGRSS Registered (Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard- www.safewindshields.com ) can ensure that your windshield is being installed using these crucial steps and your vehicle will maintain its factory condition and be safe on the road ahead.
Metro Glass is a family owned Independent glass shop servicing the Omaha Metro Area for over 25 years. “We are passionate about educating our consumer on the safety of windshield installation. We attribute our business success to the fact that we restore vehicles to factory condition and give exceptional customer service. It’s not something people look forward to doing (spending hard earned money to replace a windshield) so we try and make their experience a pleasant one, “states Johanna Lutton.
Metro Glass is located at 8804 L Street in Omaha, NE. For more information on Metro Glass, visit their website www.metroglassomaha.com
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Metro Glass Omaha is the premier auto glass and windshield repair and replacement facility, servicing the Omaha Metro Area. We are family owned and operated for over 25 years. We are the only independent AGRSS (Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard) Registered facility in our area. We replace all auto glass, windshields, broken door glasses and motor and regulators. We also replace RV Motorhome and Semi Glass. We only use new OEM (original equipment manufactured for your vehicle) glass, never used, aftermarket or blemished products. Our technicians are trained and certified. We are approved by all insurance companies and have been voted "Best of Omaha" Auto Glass in 2011.