Do you know what a windshield molding is? A Windshield Molding is the black rubber or plastic trim piece, or pieces that wrap around your windshield. They come in many shapes and sizes. Some vehicles use just a top molding only. While others have a top molding with hard plastic side moldings that are attached to the body of the vehicle. Plastic side moldings are sometimes problematic to get off the car without breaking and a good installer like those at American Auto Glass, will caution you about that before they begin work on your vehicle. In many cases the only place to find replacements is the dealer. Some vehicles have no molding at all.
What are Moldings
Windshield moldings are the black rubber or plastic trim piece(s) that wrap around your windshield. They come in many shapes and sizes. Some vehicles use just a top molding. Others have a top molding with hard plastic side moldings that are attached to the body of the vehicle.
What is Their Purpose
Moldings, in most cases, are cosmetic. Their purpose is to cover the gap between the edge of the windshield and the body of the vehicle. They also channel water down the sides of the windshield to the drains on the sides of the firewall. On older vehicles (Pre 1980’s) a rubber gasket was used to hold the windshield in the vehicle.
Should They Be Replaced (When the Windshield is Replaced)
This depends on if the molding comes out of the channel without disfiguring and can be glued back to the windshield. If it does come out without damage, then NO you don’t need a new one. There are several newer vehicles that do need new moldings. Plastic side moldings can be difficult to get off the car without breaking especially on older cars, or cars that sit outside in the weather.
At American Auto Glass we want your vehicle to leave our care as good or better than when we began work on it. We will let you know up front if we recommend replacing your moldings; and we will notify you up front of any additional charges for molding replacement.
In many cases a new molding comes with your new windshield and is included in the price we quote you. In still other cases we install universal molding which is also included in the price we quote you. Universal molding is a very commonly used and is a good product for a variety of applications, especially older vehicles.
When you have American Auto Glass replace your windshield, ask them, do I need new moldings? We can explain exactly what you will need, and if there is an additional cost associated with new moldings.