How to Temporarily Cover a Broken Car Window

Protect your car with a temporary window cover made with tape and a high-density garbage bag that will stand up to the elements.

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Introduction

Protect your car with a temporary window cover made with tape and a high-density garbage bag that will stand up to the elements.

Tools Required

  • Hammer
  • Microfiber Cloth
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Vacuum
  • Work gloves

Materials Required

  • Duct tape (as needed)
  • High-density garbage bag
  • Masking tape
  • Paper bag

A broken car window should be repaired as soon as possible, because a temporary window cover will hamper your visibility and leave your car an easy target for thieves.

To protect your car from the elements in the meantime, a high-density garbage bag is ideal. These bags are made of resin, which doesn’t easily tear, and they’re clear, so you can still see through them (somewhat) if you need to drive. A low-density garbage bag, like those in your kitchen, can also work, but you shouldn’t plan on driving far or fast until the window is repaired.

Project step-by-step (5)

Step 1

Remove the Glass

  • Remove all the glass from the broken car window while wearing thick work gloves.
    • Use a hammer to remove stubborn shards of glass, tapping firmly but not excessively hard so you don’t shatter the glass into additional pieces.
  • Dispose of the glass in a paper bag. Seal the bag with tape and toss it into the trash.
  • Vacuum the inside of the car thoroughly to catch the finer shards of glass.

Broken glassGregor Schfer / EyeEm/Getty Images

Step 2

Clean the Window Frame

  • Wipe the window frame and seal with a damp microfiber cloth to clean off dirt and dust.
  • Let the window frame and seal dry completely.

Cleaning the window frameVeronica Graham for Family Handyman