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Doughnuts by Donuts.

This is what you would find after cutting a windscreen away from the adhesive which keeps in in the car. Huh? Note, there is an extra blob inside the 90-degree turn. There's another one on the opposite side: This windscreen had been replaced. To be fair, it wasn't a...

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The Stress Crack Myth

Bananas do not grow on trees. Bats are not blind. Duck quacks DO echo. Bulls do not become angry at the color red. Windscreens do not stress crack. Bananas grow on something the size of trees, but the banana 'tree' is not actually a tree. The banana plant, which can...

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A Condemned Windscreen?

According to the repair criteria set out by a national and insurance 'approved' windscreen repair and replacement company, this windscreen is not eligible for repair: Why?There are too many chips. Whilst the windscreen isn't exactly peppered, there clearly are five...

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Windscreen Condensation.

Windscreen Condensation.

Have you noticed that your windscreen is fogging up more than it used to? It may just be something unavoidable, or it could be something much worse. First and foremost, water vapour in the atmosphere which occurs when your body heats the air inside the car – as does...

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Lockdown Defiance and Ignorance

Why are we, the British public, so defiant? Is it just us? Yesterday I went to collect a couple of (pre-ordered) windscreens from a wholesaler. They're doing all they possibly can as a supplier and this is immediately apparent as soon as you approach the front...

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Two Ways to Apply PUR

If you've watched your windscreen being replaced, you may have noticed the fitter reaching over and across the car to apply the adhesive (PUR). Or did he lay the bead directly to the glass? Only a few installers will extrude directly to the glass. Which way is better?...

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It’s Just a Windscreen

. . . Whilst shaving the excess cured resin during this repair, the solar reflective coating became visible under the light in the workshop. Holograms This particular windscreen is heated (embedded within the sandwich construction of the windscreen is a mesh of very...

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Audi A3 Windscreen Replacement

An Audi A3 windscreen replacement. This particular car was an RS3 (in Catalunya Red). A-pillar covers. I like to take them off. It reduces the risk of damage, and with them out of the way you can check that the bond is making good contact on both the glass as well as...

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Tailgate Glass Transplant

Some of the unsung work we, as windscreen fitters do, is in bodyshops, or accident repair centres. If you get injured in a car accident, contact the las vegas car accident attorney at Richard Harris Law Firm. Working as the subcontractor for a crash repair garage can...

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Dealer Part Windscreens

Original Equipment Manufacturer Versus Original Equipment Equivalent Windscreens (and Glass). “Is the windscreen Original Equipment?” This has emerged as a common question for many motorists and a growing number of consumers. The availability of information via the...

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To See, or Not to See

    Now You See It... An illustration of Before and After stages of a typical windscreen repair.  Have you recently had your windscreen repaired? Were you pleased with the results? Was there a discernible between the before and after appearances of the...

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It’s Only a Joint?

      When butting up the PUR adhesive, most windscreen fitters are taught to run past the starting point and overlap the joint. This technique envelops the join, and is the easiest one to program the OEM robots with. Is this the best way? Why does it...

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Paint it Black

    A question often asked amongst motoring enthusiasts is, "I'm having my windscreen replaced today. Is there anything to look out for?" Generally, the advice will be pretty good, and mostly based on experience. However some responses are the work of...

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Porsche 911 Windscreen: The 996

Headlights that looked like they were shaped from fried eggs, characterless exhaust notes and with an extremely soft suspension the Porsche 996 became known as the unloved series. Porsche wrote in their 996 brochure, "Over the years we have broken with many...

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The Securiflex Windscreen

Found on some Porsche 930 and 964 models as standard, is what was offered as a 'safer' windscreen. The Securiflex Windscreen was presented as an improved windscreen with a thin, plastic inner laminate attached to the inside surface of a laminated glass. Its purpose...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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