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How to Temporarily Seal a Cracked or Broken Car Window December 7, 2017

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How to Temporarily Seal a Cracked or Broken Car Window, Lincoln, Nebraska

A cracked or broken car window can occur from many things. A stray rock while driving or even a burglary attempt can leave you with damage to your auto glass. If this has happened to you, the best thing you can do is take your car to a windshield repair professional. However, until you can get it, try this technique to temporarily seal the crack or hole.

You can seal up your broken car window for a short period of time using this method:

  • Clean It Out: The first thing you must do is clean up the area. This includes removing as much broken glass as possible. Be very cautious during this process as the debris can be very sharp and potentially cause serious injury. Wear protective gloves and even eye glasses during the process. Once you remove the shattered glass by hand, use a vacuum to get the remaining pieces.
  • broken car windshieldWipe It Off: Continue cleaning the affected area with a damp cloth. This includes wiping down the windshield area as well as the frame and nearby seating. This gets rid of dust and dirt. Tape will not stick to a surface with too much dust on it. Thus, taking a damp cloth to the surface is a necessary step.
  • Seal It Up: Some use a garbage bag to seal up the broken windshield. However, a more durable option is to use clear packing tape. Cut long vertical strips and run them across the opening from the inside. Start from the left side of your interior and work your way right. Placing the tape on the interior of the car makes for a longer lasting seal that won't damage your paint job. Ensure each piece slightly overlaps the one before to ensure maximum protection and durability.


If you are facing a broken car window, try this method until you can visit your mechanic. Those in Lincoln, NE, rely on Capital Autoglass for all their windshield repair needs. Their specialists can handle a large number of jobs, from big to small. Even if you can't get into their shop, they're ready to help. Their mobile service means the professionals will come to you. For more information, visit their website or call (402) 421-6653 today.

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