Supplies Needed for Covering a Broken Window
Updated: Jun 7, 2019
Supplies Needed for Covering a Broken
Window (Showtime Glass will do it for free)
Thick work gloves,
One roll of masking tape, and
A high-density plastic trash bag can work just fine as a temporary cover for a broken
window. The temporary car window cover won’t provide good visibility until you can get
it replaced. But using a clear transparent plastic bag will at least allow you to see light
and color in your peripheral field.
Steps for Temporarily Covering a Broken
First, put on a pair of work gloves to protect your hands before handling glass shards.
Get a bag or container which will make it easier to dispose of or recycle the material.
2. Remove the Broken Glass
Start by clearing away the larger pieces of glass. Use your hands to collect and toss the
shattered pieces into the bag or container. Gently break away the remaining glass still
attached to the car. Then, use a shop vac to vacuum the smaller pieces of glass from
inside the car, around the window frame, and down inside the seal. The long vacuum
attachment is helpful for reaching the small shards in the carpet, on the seat and inside
the car door.
3. Clean Around the Window
Next, you will need to prep the surfaces around the window for good adhesion. It’s
important to clear away dirt, dust and buildup so that the tape covering will stick well.
Use a damp cloth to clean the window seal and the car frame on all sides. Allow this
area to dry for a few minutes.
4. Position the Plastic Covering
Then, from inside the car, position the plastic over the window frame. Hold the bag
against the top edge of the frame and fix it in position temporarily with a few small
pieces of masking tape. Avoid using other types of tape as they can damage the car’s
paint or become difficult to remove from car glass later.
5. Secure the Plastic Covering
Prepare six to 10 longer pieces of masking tape. Smooth the plastic flat and pull it
towards one side of the frame of the car. Use one piece of tape at a time to firmly
attach the plastic around each side of the window. The plastic should be stretched
taught and not leave slack in the surface which will flap in the wind and cause noise
6. Seal the Window Covering
Next, use extra pieces of tape to reinforce the seal around the window. A second layer
of tape will also help keep the plastic covering in place even if there is moisture or
strong air pressure as you drive. Make sure there are no holes between the plastic and
the window frame where air and water can leak in. Gaps will increase the likeliness of
the plastic tearing before you can get the window fixed.
7. Add a Second Layer on the Outside
If the temporary covering will need to hold up for multiple days, over the weekend or in
bad weather, it’s best to add a second layer of plastic. Repeat steps four to six with
another plastic covering from the outside of the window. That should complete the
process of covering a broken car window.
Be aware that covering a window decreases the driver’s range of vision. If a window is
broken, decrease your speed and drive with extra care.
Never inhibit the driver’s visibility by covering a window with dark or opaque materials.
Do not attempt to cover a broken windshield
Remember, this is only a temporary solution. To protect the car and its passengers, it’s
best to replace the window promptly.