Believe it or not, but a windshield is one of the most important structural components of a vehicle. Along with other components, it works to protect you and your family against injury in the event of an accident. In addition to supporting the roof, proper airbag deployment and functionality depends on the integrity of a windshield replacement. This is why choosing an auto glass replacement company that follows industry best practices is important!
At 5 Star Auto Glass, we take the appropriate measures to ensure that your auto glass replacement is completed to federal, industry, and manufacturers’ safety standards. And because safety is so important to us, we only use the best replacement bonding systems: Dow Automotive adhesives. As a result, our customers have the peace of mind in knowing that they are receiving not only a quality replacement part but also one of the best bonds in the industry.
Dow Automotive Bonding Systems
When it comes to our replacement bonding systems, we spare no expense, nor time!
Dow Automotive urethanes are not just trusted by auto manufacturers for their Original installations, but they are widely recognized as the gold standard of windshield replacement adhesives.
Why is a Windshield Replacement Adhesive/Urethane Important?
There is no question that glass quality is important, but the quality of the replacement adhesive is just as important. A windshield’s bond not only supports the roof in the event of a rollover, but its strength acts as a backstop for the passenger side airbag. This is why choosing a company that uses a superior urethane is important!
What’s an SDAT?
All auto glass adhesives have a manufacturers’ Safe Drive-Away Time (SDAT), which is the period of time the manufacturer does not recommend driving the vehicle. Driving the vehicle before the recommended SDAT has elapsed can lead to serious injury in the event of an accident! SDATs can range anywhere from 30-minutes to 24-hours, or even longer, depending on the adhesive.
Our Advanced-Cure Dow BetaSeal Adhesives, and Their SDATs:
Dow BetaSeal Express (1-hour SDAT): Our default urethane, and applicable for most vehicles
Dow BetaSeal U-400 (2-hour SDAT): Applicable to vehicles requiring a High Modulus, Non-Conductive urethane
Dow BetaSeal Xpress30 (30-minute SDAT): Only a handful of auto glass companies in the DC area offer an SDAT this fast!
Our Process: BetaClean, BetaPrime, BetaSeal, Repeat
What sets 5 Star Auto Glass apart from the competition, beyond their factory-grade, OEM Approved adhesives?
Properly prepping the windshield for the adhesive is one of the most important, if not the most important, step in the installation process. To ensure a safe and long-lasting bond, we take a lengthy, multi-step process – because when it comes to the bond, technician convenience and speed should not be a factor.
Step 1 – BetaClean:
We begin by visually inspecting the bonding surface area. If there is a moderate to heavy amount of visible contamination, we’ll go directly to Step 1B. If not, we begin Step 1A.
Step 1A (light contamination):
Because not all contaminants are visible, we always assume there is some level of contamination and, as a result, implement Step 1A.
We’ll begin by applying a layer of BetaClean GC-800 Cleaner around the perimeter of the windshield and wet-scrub the area with a 1×1 inch scotch-pad to loosen/lift the contaminants. Next, we’ll wipe down the area with a lint-free paper towel to remove the contaminants. Finally, we’ll apply a light mist of GC-800 and wipe down the entire surface area.
Step 1B (moderate to heavy contamination):
We’ll apply a thin bead of BetaBrade F1 around the perimeter of the windshield, and with a lint-free paper towel, we’ll wipe down the BetaBrade F1 to a dry. Finally, we’ll apply a mist of GC-800 and wipe down the entire surface area.
Step 2 – BetaPrime:
Now that the bonding area is free of contamination, we’ll apply two layers of BetaPrime Clear, or a layer of 5504G (depending on the urethane the vehicle calls for) to prepare the bonding surface area for the urethane.
Step 3 – BetaSeal:
Now that our bonding area is free of contamination and properly primed, we’ll use a “V-shaped” bead (like the factory) to apply the urethane to either the body or glass, and then move forward with setting the windshield.
An installation is only as good as the steps which are taken to prepare the glass for the adhesive!
If a superior bond is important to you, look no further, and contact us today!
Auto Glass Technology & Differentiating Features
While there are many variations, the following is a general example of a windshield w/ a rain sensor: