As hot weather scorches parts of the country in Southern California, Arizona and Texas, AGRR technicians are scheduling more jobs in-shop and doing their best to stay cool, says Dominique Contreras, a customer service representative (CSR) with Glass Doctor in Murrieta, Calif.
Temperatures are hitting 115° Fahrenheit (F), or more, in many of these areas.
Many advanced urethanes are recommended for temperatures in the range of 0° to 115° F, so working in-shop is necessary in extreme temperatures, notes Contreras.
Dinol’s D-9100 works in temperatures from 0° to 115° Fahrenheit (F), according to Joe Renzi, business manager at Dinol GmbH.
Dow Automotive Systems’ BetaSeal One and BetaSeal Express work in temperatures from 0° to 115° F.
SIKA Tack Mach 30 and SikaTack ASAP+ works in temperatures from 0° to 120° F.
“Our shop is air-conditioned so the heat hasn’t been too bad,” says Contreras. “We’ve been doing a lot of work in-shop. The heat is causing business to pick up. We’re seeing a lot more damaged windshields. Summer is a busy season.”
When it’s above 115° F, Bob Beranek of Automotive Glass Consultants does not recommend doing mobile work.
“I would recommend putting it off to a cooler day,” he says. “Have them bring it in to your shop. It’s too hot. You’re just not going to get good results. Just like when we tell the customer it’s too cold up North, you need to tell them it’s too hot. They are not going to get mobile service.”
Rich Campfield of Ultra Bond offers similar advice for mobile repair work.
“When the glass gets that hot [115° F], mounting the tool will crack it out,” he says. “Most resins you don’t want to use in more than 115° F. The resin can start to break down. The best case scenario is to pull the vehicle into a shop and open up all the windows. Give it five to ten minutes to cool down to the temperature inside the shop before doing a repair.”
Tim Potts of Optic-Kleer in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, spends his days doing windshield repair and headlight restoration outside. He’s been beating the heat by drinking a lot of water and Gatorade. He’s also getting in his air conditioned truck when he isn’t working.
“My thermostat says it is 103° F right now,” Potts says. “Today, I’m working on the parking lot of an oil and lube center so I can go inside between jobs to cool down. I have a shelter set up outside. The heat is a big problem for people with windshield chips if they don’t get them fixed. The heat just cracks them out.”
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