How long should I wait for a car wash after a windshield replacement?

I got a new windshield this morning and I’m road-tripping this weekend. I wanted to get my car spiffy before driving, but I don’t want to mess up the installation. How long should I wait for a car wash after a windshield replacement?

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Answer provided by
Bonnie Stinson
Answered on Jul 29, 2022
This is a great question! At minimum, you should wait 24 hours for a car wash after a windshield replacement.
If you absolutely must get your car washed before your road trip, please wait at least 24 hours.
To guarantee proper installation, it’s better to wait a few days to allow the urethane seal time to cure. Car washes use very high-pressure water streams. These could loosen the seal if it hasn’t had time to cure!
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