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DGC compounds

Windscreen bonding and sealing on vehicles has evolved at an accelerated pace. Although traditional rubber mounted gaskets and butyl products can still be found on some older vehicles, liquid adhesives, also known as direct glazing compounds (DGC) are now the method...

The Windscreen Chip they Didn’t Repair

    Could Not, Did Not, or Would Not Repair? Shortly after this (pictured) windscreen was hit by a stone, the car owner called his insurance company to arrange for the damage to be repaired. His inbound call was subsequently diverted to his insurer's...

The Amazing, Vanishing Windscreen Chip?

Take a look at this chip: There's a slight reflection in the mirror, so for avoidance of doubt, the damage is to the left of the mirror. This image was taken before any attempt was made to repair the damage. Here is the after: Here's the twist: no windscreen repair...

Windscreen Rain (and Light) Sensors: Audi

    This is how a properly installed rain sensor should look:   If the sensor gel pad is missing, it will affect the sensitivity - or functioning - of the sensor. Many windscreens are being replaced, and the sensor pad is not renewed. The auto wiper...

The Paradox of Windscreen Safety

Windscreens are not dangerous, but are you at risk from one that has been poorly fitted? Motor vehicles today are safer than they have ever been: airbags, crumple zones, head restraints, impact protection, energy absorbing materials... we're quite protected in our...

The Windscreens of Change

      Most car owners would begin to feel nervous if the guy about to replace their windscreen set himself up with a couple of sharpened screwdrivers, a rubber mallet; a length of waxed sash chord; some paraffin and an old car tyre. “When I started in this trade - 32...

Problems with a Porsche 993 Windscreen

The Porsche 911 993 windscreen is one of the most uncomplicated and straight forward windscreens to fit, yet they can give you many problems if not done correctly. The Problems It's fairly common knowledge that the two most prolific issues which arise from the...

Contaminated Windscreens: the Missing Link

  With each windscreen replacement, a key component of the vehicle's structural system is put into place. The crucial part of this assembly is the bond between two contact surfaces: the glass and the car (specifically the aperture, or pinchweld). This critical...

OEM Glass via Insurance

It is widely thought of, that these 'price control mechanisms' which largely regulate the windscreen insurance claim values, act, in a significant way, to sell more aftermarket 'copy' glass and deny the consumer the benefit (and option) of genuine parts (OEM). The...

Textbook Bullseye

First, the impact mark/point is tidied. The break is then dried to remove any moisture present. Once the optimum working temperature is achieved, most of the air is removed from behind the impact: The resin injector is positioned over the break for the next step: A...

The Consumer Cash Inn

There is a coachworks establishment  which is involved in the repair of damaged cars for a Porsche seller (amongst others). Some of the work they do requires the windscreen (or other glass) to be removed. The windscreen guys they were calling in were cheap. But the...

BMW 5 F10/F11 Windscreen

A few images of a BMW windscreen being fitted correctly to an F11 (2012 5 Series Touring). There are many misconceptions about windscreens and how they are installed. The aim of this post is to show the key stages so that you can gain a better understanding of how...

The Great Windscreen Repair Con

The Great Windscreen Repair Con This is the handy work of a well-known 'insurance approved' windscreen repair/replacement company. The policyholder been duped into accepting this as a good repair when it doesn't look any different than it did to begin with, and the...