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RUSTY PINCHWELD

As a professional technician I have seen a lot of poor preparations and installations in multiple cities across Ontario. Being trained by one of the largest companies and working with some other awesome technicians, I take what I’ve learned and seen seriously. We have come across and fixed allot of poor installations that other company’s don’t want to warranty. They would have the installation times figured down to the minute, but we would never take any shortcuts while doing the job in our shop then.

Most don’t understand the importance of how the windshield effects the safety of your vehicle. The glass and the glue combined together with the rigid pinchweld can make up to 30% of the structure of the roof. If a technician skips or simply forgets a step it could damage the vehicle, cause leak, or even be life altering for the occupants. The passenger side air bag also uses the windshield to deploy off of in a crash, with a deployment range between 7.5 to 13.2 g’s. I have seen and fixed a couple installations from abroad over the last couple years.

If your vehicle in leaking, it could be causing more damage to it then you think. Other than the obvious signs like your floor being wet or your cup holder or lights are filling up with water causing rust to start on the inside. It can also be sneaking behind an A pillar and running down to your electrical circuitry and fuse panel. I have also seen rust build up to a point on your pinchweld that it can cause your windshield to bend and actually crack.

So we have customers ask if the we get cheap glass, our supplier gets glass that has passed certifications for product quality so it is safe to drive on Canadian highways. In my opinion the installation procedures are way more important to the quality of installation. We guarantee all our workmanship, so if there is over a problem you just bring it back in and our technicians will diagnose the problem.

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MOTORBIKE WINDSHIELD

Motorbike windscreens are often made of high-impact acrylic plastic that can be molded into shape. They can be installed on a detachable frame that can be removed depending on the use and season. Over time they can get dings and scratches from road sand blasting or just use. New OEM replacements are available from any local bike shop, but if your looking to have a little extra protection you can have one custom made.

We use an uncoated polycarbonate called Lexan and it has a tensile strength of about 9000~9500 PSI and an impact strength of 225~300 ft-lbs/in². Glass also has about 5000~1200 PSI depending on how the glass has been heat treated. It is also thermoformable so we can give it a slight memory once its bent to shape with a little help from heat, but it can also become brittle after being exposed to over 200°F.

NF-2000 is one of the products made by Mitsubishi Gas Chem used buy a variety of motorcycle manufactures and its tensile strength is between 8500~1000 PSI and can be affected negatively after being exposed to temperatures over 200°F as well.

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EQUIPMENT DOOR WINDOW

A customer called with a telehandler that was in need of a new door window. The original glass was tempered and was flat but it had holes cut in it for the hinges & handle. This was private machine so they don’t need to pass any safety inspection that requires AS1, AS2, or Tempered Glass tag’s to be present. We decided to use the product called Lexan since it has great tensile & impact strength like some glass, and can be less costly then a new piece of OEM tempered glass from the dealer.

The customer dropped the door that needed to be fixed off at the shop for us to do. We cleaned all the old glass off, and bend the frame slightly to make it straighter. We had to make an original template of the door for close measurements. Trace the new template and cut the new piece out of Lexan then drilled the necessary holes to emulate the past window.

After installation we delivered the door to the site and installed it back onto the original equipment. We were pleased with the job since it was a perfect fit considering the frame was warped. The job was able to be booked and installed all in the same day.

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HEAVY EQUIPMENT

ACE Auto Glass received a call for mobile service to do an excavator out in Petrolia Township. This job was to clean/remove old glass and to install the new OEM tempered glass. They had a well lit Driveshead we could get the tractor inside if it was raining out.

There are two main sections of an excavator; there is undercarriage and the house where all the glass surrounds the operator. ACE was working on the windshield on the house which can be flat safety glass or tempered glass that ends up being scattered everywhere when broken. We had to safely remove the shattered glass from the pinch weld. We had our Vacuum in the van so we cleaned through the house to attempt to get all the loose glass.

Then we can start with the replacement of the supplied windshield OEM windshield. The client had pre-ordered the new windshield from the dealership and had it delivered to his shop. The client at this Petrolia farm came out and was very pleased and surprised with the job a local company did!

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MOBILE WINDSHIELD INSTALLATION

We had a busy customer that was working in Sarnia that owned a Volkswagen Jetta call in. We were asked if we had a mobile service and where pleased to offer it. There are a couple things to keep in mind when we are booking mobile work.

First, it can’t be raining out! That one is pretty obvious, but the contamination from the rain may affect the way the glue cures after the installation. Second, it can’t get below 0ºC before the safe drive away time. The glue must remain above freezing for the cure time or the glue may not stick from the moisture caused by the reaction. Both reasons can normally be solved buy doing the job inside. One of my most important reasoning for completing the work in house is, it’s easier to try and repair or fix any sort of rust found during the installation with all our tools in the shop.

Once everything is inspected and authorized we head out with our mobile van. Hear we are just double checking the fit of our machine before we start to lay the adhesive. Once we start laying adhesive we only have 7 minutes before it starts to skin over and loose strength in our humid environment. Once the windshield has been installed, it takes 1 hour for our adhesive to safely cure and can be driven away.