How to Cover a Broken Car Window

So, an accident has left one of your car windows broken. What’s next? Broken car windows should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible, however you would be very lucky if you have the time and ability to immediately take your car into a mechanic or auto glass shop. 

How do you quickly cover a broken car window and protect your interior from the elements? 

In today’s blog, the team at A1 Windshield guides you step-by-step through how to keep rain out of a broken car window and cover it the proper way. 

Tools and Equipment Recommended 

In order to start the process of covering your broken car window, gather these tools and pieces of equipment together: 

  • Safety gloves
  • Masking tape
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Scissors
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Vacuum 
  • Durable garbage bag
  • Trash receptacle 

Step-by-step Instructions

After gathering your tools and equipment, follow these step-by-step instructions for covering your broken car window:

Step #1: Clean Out Broken Glass 

Put on your safety gloves and begin removing the damaged glass. For a guide that explains how to safely remove shattered glass from your car, click here

Tip: Use your hammer to remove the remaining shards of glass still connected to your car’s window frame.

Step #2: Clean Your Window

With your microfiber cloth, wipe down the surface of the window frame to remove any leftover debris, dirt, or dust. Use a little bit of water or interior-safe cleaner, and let the window frame dry before moving on to the next step. 

Step #3: Plastic and Tape

Measure the length and width of your car window, and cut a rectangle out of your plastic bag to fit this size plus an extra inch. Cut several pieces of measuring tape (or duct tape) and have them ready for quick and easy access. 

Step #4: Seal Your Window

Open your car door and begin taping the plastic garbage bag from the inside part of the door.  Begin from the top of the window, and place measuring or duct tape underneath the rubber window seal, attaching the plastic bag as you go. Place tape along the entire length of the window’s outside perimeter to create a seal that keeps rain and air out!

Tip: Feel free to use more than one piece of tape to ensure the plastic is secured to your window, and adhere more tape along the sides of the window. 

Schedule a Window Replacement in Springfield, MO 

Getting your broken window replaced as soon as possible is critical to keeping you and your passengers safe on the road. A1 Windshield Repair is here to help, making your window replacement easy, convenient, and affordable. Contact us today to receive your free quote and schedule a service at our location in Springfield, MO.