So this afternoon a nice man from Autoglass came and replaced the windscreen and the wipers too (it is recommended that you get new wipers when you replace the glass so I opted for that as they were going to need replacing soon anyway).
I figured that I might not be the only one who found the whole process interesting, having never seen a windscreen being replaced before (I'd seen one being repaired when the chip was smaller than this one), so here are some photos I took, with the rest of the story being told in the captions.
Many thanks to the nice man for doing a great job and for letting me take photos and write about the whole process.
|Before - the little white mark you can see just above the steering wheel is NOT the chip - |
it's about 8 inches to the right of that and is not visible in this picture
|This is the best picture I could get of the chip - it was bigger than a penny and smaller than a 10p piece|
|The nice man's van - the thing on the top is a canopy that can be used if it's raining|
|The first stage is to put in seat protectors - presumably that's in case the glass shatters while it's being taken out|
|This is the string being pulled through the gap that the nice man must have made (but I didn't see it)|
|This is what a car looks like with no windscreen|
|The new glass waiting to be installed (but before the glue was applied)|
|The last stage - this is the new glass being held in placed by two sort of sucker things - again I don't know what the correct name is so 'sucker things' will have to do.|