Your windshield is more important than you may realise. Damaged windshields can cause severe safety hazards like a drop in visibility, diminished structural integrity and compromised deployment of the airbag in the event of an accident.
Repairing small damage immediately is how you prevent your windshield from further cracking. However, that’s easier said than done in some cases. This post is going to show you some of the common mistakes made by eager DIY individuals when they attempt to repair a windshield chip.
They Use a DIY Kit but don’t Have Any Experience
Now don’t take this the wrong way; I’m not saying that these kits don’t work. They can be quite effective when used correctly. However, the key phrase is “when used correctly.” Repairing a windshield using a repair kit is much more difficult than many people believe. If you do not have any automotive repair experience, then you run the risk of further damaging your windshield. You then render the windshield non-repairable, making it necessary to replace it. In essence, you can end up tripling the cost of getting your vehicle back on the road.
They Ignore Air Bubbles
Most of the DIY repair kits on the market provide a special resin that is required to seal the damaged area. The goal is to make sure that air, dirt and moisture cannot penetrate the windshield. However, when applying the resin, those of you that are not experienced in windshield repair will ignore the air bubbles that form in the resin. Those air bubbles can compromise the repair process. If you choose to repair your own windshield, then understand that these bubbles must be removed by adding pressure. Certified technicians have special tools to accomplish this.
They Use Improperly Aligned Tools
DIY Windshield repair kits are equipped with a suction tool that is designed to help you accurately fill the damaged area of your windshield with the resin. Unless you are experienced with automotive repair, you probably don’t realise that you have to align that tool. Using unaligned tools can cause you to end up with a final repair that looks horrible and is not sealed correctly.
They Fail to Check Their Insurance Policy
In many cases, insurance will cover the repair or replacement of a windshield. However, that policy becomes invalid when you try to repair the damage yourself. If you make the mistakes listed above, you could quite easily end up with a windshield that’s in worse shape than when you began. To make matters worse, now your insurance won’t cover the damage. If your insurance policy covers the damage to your windshield, then there’s really no reason not to use it. After all, that’s why you have insurance in the first place!
They Wait too Long to Repair the Windshield
The longer you wait to repair a windshield chip or crack, the more risk there is of it turning into something even more serious. People who use DIY kits tend to procrastinate. You should address the problem the moment you notice damage to your windshield. Never wait!
The best way to prevent your windshield chips from becoming cracks is to repair small chips immediately. Even the smallest chips can lead to huge cracks if left untreated. If you have any doubts as to how you should repair your windshield, don’t hesitate to ask a professional. Give us a call or fill out the form for a free quote or have your questions answered.