Common Causes of Windshield Damage…and How to Prevent Them

Windshield damage is common, but it’s not inevitable. Once you know who the main culprits are behind chips and cracks, you may be able to avoid them so that you can maintain a beautiful, vision-obstruction-free windshield.

Top 3 Causes of Windshield Damage

Your windshield is designed to protect you and your passengers from a host of flying objects on the roadways. And most of the time, windshields tolerate a wide range of debris of varying sizes and hurtling toward your car at varying speeds. However, some conditions are more Continue reading

Best Materials and Ways to Clean Car Windows

Clean car windows look good and they also improve visibility while driving, especially during winter. But are you frustrated at cleaning your windows only to see streaks appear before your very eyes?

You’re not alone, but Astro Auto Glass can help with a quick and easy window-cleaning tutorial.

What You Need for Window Cleaning

To achieve spotless windows, you need the right materials:

  • Ammonia-free glass cleaner
  • Clean microfiber towels
  • Razor blade
  • White vinegar (optional)

We’re picky about materials for a reason. First, you need to stay away from ammonia-based formulas because they dry out interior surfaces, including rubber, plastic, leather, vinyl, and they damage tinted windows. High-quality microfiber towels provide a gentle scrubbing action to clean even the most stubborn stains.

The Proper Window Cleaning Technique

Before you can clean your windows to a streak-free shine, you need to remove solid debris, including stickers.

For stubborn stickers, try this:

  • Soak the sticker with ammonia-free glass cleaning solution
  • Gently slide a razor blade beneath the sticker and pull at the corners to lift it away from the

Wipe away any sticky residue with rubbing or denatured alcohol.

Now you’re ready to clean your windows properly. Make sure your car is out of direct sunlight, and with ammonia-free cleaner and microfiber towel at the ready:

  • Lift up the windshield wipers.
  • Spray the exterior of the windshield with cleaner (you may want to let the cleaner soak dried residue like splattered bugs)
  • Wipe in a horizontal motion (on the interior, use a vertical motion)
  • Wipe the wiper blades with a cloth damped with glass cleaner solution or water and white vinegar to remove all dirt and debris
  • Once the windshield is completely dry, buff with a clean dry towel

Repeat the process for all car windows. That’s really all it takes!

If you discover chips or cracks in the window-cleaning process, contact Astro Auto Glass. We provide convenient (and mobile) windshield repair and replacement services.

How Astro Auto Glass Restores Your Windshield to Factory Specifications

Auto glass is tough stuff—it has to be to keep you protected from flying debris and other road hazards. Still, auto glass chips, cracks and shatters. When it does, you need it replaced and you need to be assured that your windshield is as safe and as good-looking at when your car rolled off the factory floor.

When you bring your car to Astro Auto Glass, our skilled professionals perform windshield replacement that restores the integrity of your auto glass and enhances the appearance of your car. And here’s a look at the process: Continue reading

Tint Your Business’ Windows and Reap the Benefits

You may not know that Astro Auto Glass does commercial window tinting, but we do. When you choose window tinting for your business, you stand to reap short-term and long-term benefits, many of which will be reflected in your bottom line.

Immediate Benefits of Commercial Window Tinting

Tinted windows at you place of business enhances privacy and comfort. Here’s how: Continue reading

Everything You Need to Know to Select the Right Auto Glass Installer

Your auto glass forms a shield to protect you from flying debris. To be effective, the integrity of the glass and seals needs to be intact. When you need new auto glass, it’s very important to find an installer who provides excellent quality work so that your auto glass performs the way you need it to. Here’s how to find that reliable auto glass installer… Continue reading

RVs Need Love, Too!

Vacation season is just around the corner, and like everyone else, you’re ready to spend your summer relaxing. Unlike travelers planning to take to the skies, you plan to save money by driving your RV. But before you hit the road, let Astro Auto Glass show your RV some love by repairing, replacing and/or tinting your windows for optimal safety and comfort.

Window Repair: It’s about More than Visibility

Maybe you’ve gotten used to driving with that crack in your windshield. After all, you can see just fine around it. But did you know it could prove Continue reading

Tint Your Windows Before the Temps Go Up!

Window tinting looks cool, but it can keep your car cool, too. If you want to sweat less and protect your dash and upholstery from sun damage, now’s the time to head to Astro Auto Glass for quality window tinting.

How Window Tints Work

There are a variety of films that can be applied to auto glass, and each one works a little differently.

Nearly all films filter Visible Light Transmission (VLT), providing a shaded effect that reduces glare and just plain looks cool. But window films can also: Continue reading

Best-Rated Window Tint Films

Tinted windows are in demand in New Mexico because they can keep your car’s interior cooler, even when parked in the sun. When it comes to window tinting for your car, you have a lot of options. We’ve compiled a list of the top-rated DIY window tint films, and higher quality films are available from the pros at Astro Auto Glass.

Black Magic Auto Window Tint

The Black Magic Auto Window Tint is a Continue reading

How Many Small Windshield Cracks Are Too Many?

Modern technology has made it possible to repair a cracked windshield, and that allows you to save a windshield and a lot of money. However, even the most advanced glass repair techniques have their limits. There are times when cracks are too big or too numerous for repairs alone, so know when you need to consider windshield replacement.

Signs Your Windshield is Beyond Repair

The size, location and severity of cracks together determine if they can be repaired or if a new windshield is required. Your windshield is likely beyond glass repair if: Continue reading

Winter Windshield Care Tips

Winter can be hard on your car, even your windshield. Proper care of your windshield can help prevent chipping, cracking or premature damage. Follow these tips to help your auto glass survive until spring.

Change Temperature Gradually

Sudden temperature changes weaken auto glass, making it more prone to cracking and chipping. When you need to remove snow and ice, Continue reading