Below are the policies for ordering a windshield from UPD Plastics. Please review them before ordering.
Damaged Shipping Policy:
All shields shipped must be inspected by the customer immediately, and any damages must be reported within 14 days of receipt. Please do not file a claim with the carrier, we will take care of that. Failure to do so violates carriers policy, and you will not be able to recuperate your loss! Please do not let your delivery sit around without inspecting it.
Receiving wrong shield Policy:
If by some chance you received a wrong shield or someone else’s shield, you must notify us so that we can do a call tag and have it redirected to the right person and vice versa. Shipping it on your own without our approval will void a guaranteed replacement if it breaks during the shipment as it was done outside of our account and the carrier will not allow us to make a claim.
Shipping your old shield Policy:
Please do not ship your shield to us unless you have been authorized to do so. You must either have submitted an order that you requested to ship your shield or you must submit a Quote Form, was quoted on it and Authorized to ship your old shield. Any shield shipped to us without authorization will get lost in the system. This is our process. Please avoid confusion by following this process.
UPD Plastics is not responsible for installation issues. If you are not sure how to install a windshield please hire a professional. If you break a windshield, we do not except responsibility for the actions of the installer. We are manufacturers of windshields, and installation is not part of our guarantee. The installer alone bears the responsibility for the decision to install the shield. If a shield cracks it can be due to incorrect drilling which can lead to chips which can spread in the form of cracks. A shield that cracks may be due to excessive vibration or twisting of the console while impacting waves. UPD Plastics inc. is not responsible for cracks that occur during or after a shield is installed. Please be sure that the above causes are illuminated to insure a windshields long life. If a shield does not look like it will fit correctly and it is forced into place and it cracks, UPD Plastics inc. does not cover this as it is the installers liability by forcing the shield. If a shield looks like it will not fit you should stop immediately, take pictures and email it to us for evaluation!
About our Windshields:
UPD Plastics inc. strives to make our shields to OEM Spec to ensure proper fit and look. Our tolerances are +/- 1/4″ due to acrylic not being consistent in thickness and expansion and contracting in the forming process. Forming windshields alters the properties of the material that can often cause some distortion. This is part of the process and cannot be avoided. Most of the time it is negligible. This is based on the thickness of the material and the amount of curve that is produced. The smaller the curve the more pronounced it is. There is no such thing as a optically perfect bend as the material is stretched and causes a magnification effect.
Since UPD Plastics is the producer of these shields we reserve the right to determine what is normal or exceptable as a Thermal Formed bend. It is understood that these are our Products and they are purchased with this in mind, and our shields cannot be returned.
UPD Plastics bears no responsibility for any windshield that does not fit if the customer who supplied the wrong measurements! Windshields fit only as well as the accuracy of the measurements that are provided. If you are not confident with your measuring skills, then we suggest you hire a professional.
Windshields can only be returned by first contacting UPD Plastics and obtaining permission. UPD Plastics inc. reserves the right to make that determination. If you return a shield without our permission, it will be refused, and returned back to you at your own expense! If a windshield does not fit and it is determined by UPD Plastics that it is our fault, we will schedule the windshield to be picked up, and returned to us so it can be corrected and returned back to the customer, or a new shield will be made, whichever is determined by UPD Plastics, Inc.
If you want to cancel your order you must email us with your order before we begin the fabrication of your shield. If you email us after we already fabricated your shield you are obligated to accept it and it cannot be canceled at that point. Giving us a form of payment constitutes a contract for us to make your shield.
Ordering a Wrong Shield:
If you ordered a windshield, and it does not fit as a result of providing UPD Plastics with the wrong make, model, year, and/or size of the boat, UPD Plastics is not liable for the wrong information. UPD Plastics has no responsibility to except the windshield back. Please be absolutely certain you are ordering the correct windshield. If you want a guaranteed fit, we highly advise sending in your old shield (Upon Approval) to avoid purchasing incorrectly. Customers are solely responsible for their own comparisons and decisions. UPD Plastics is not in a position to know if one of our shields will match their boatat.
Sending in Your Old Shield:
When you send us your old windshield we do not retun it. Due to the mold making process, the old shield often times gets destroyed.
Cleaning and Caring for Your Boat Windshield
Many people make the mistake of using Windex or other such cleaners on their new windshield. Never use chemicals such as Windex, RainX or even vinegar to clean a plexiglas boat windshield. These chemicals will destroy the acrylic of plasticizers that help the Plexiglas remain somewhat pliable, and it’s this elasticity that helps prevent crazing and cracking. This strictly voids the manufacturers warrantee!
Use a gentle soap, such as Meguiar’s Gel Wash, Mothers Wash’n Wax or Star brite Sea Safe Boat Wash — along with lots of water. Polish acrylic windscreens with a plastic polish, such as Mothers Marine Power Plastic, Meguiar’s PlastX or Star brite Plastic Polish Restorer. These specially formulated polishes help restore and seal in the plexiglas’ moisture and protect against UV deterioration — another threat that can shorten any windscreen’s service life.
Acrylic Crazing to Early?
Acrylic that suddenly changes in appearance such as crazing is due to a chemical reaction and is environmentally generated.
Acrylic is a product that is made from fossil fuels and is inert in and of itself and does not craze on its own. When it meets a high viscosity chemical such as most household cleaning agents, paint fumes, hair dye, toe polish remover, denatured alcohol or any CFC based compressed can fumes, pesticides sprayed through the air this will cause the Acrylic to stress and if the chemical is in direct contact with the acrylic it could cause it to crack. The use of PVC solvent and cleaner in an enclosed environment with poor ventilation can also cause Acrylic to craze. Some tarps for covering a boat can cause crazing especially if in direct sunlight where temperatures can exceed 150 degrees, and it will produce volatile fumes.
Acrylic sheet manufacturers do not cover crazing as that is clear evidence for them that something is attacking the Acrylic. Acrylic does not craze on its own except for several years of repeated sun exposure which breaks down the Ultraviolet Inhibitors and Plasticizers in the material.
Many studies have demonstrated that two conditions must be present for stress crazing to develop on the surface of an acrylic sheet: stress within the acrylic sheet and the presence of an aggressive liquid or solvent. The presence of only one of these conditions does not cause crazing. Both must be present.
Most all acrylic Fabricators around the country use the same material. If there were any defects in the materials it would show up in all the other windshields we have made as well as products of other companies. We have had no reports of any crazing with a rare exception every few years.
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