This post is going to get to the bottom of how to use a windshield repair kit and whether or not they actually work. If you are dealing with a ding, then windshield repair kits can surely clear up your problem – literally! However, if that ding has turned into a crack, then you’re probably going to have to get the whole windshield replaced. So the answer to the question is yes, windshield repair kits do work if:
Understand that there are risks to repairing the damage yourself. First and foremost is that if you do not repair it correctly, that ding is going to quickly turn into a crack. Windshield cracks usually require replacement of the entire windshield, which costs a substantial amount of money. So that perceived small savings can quickly turn into a bigger expense if you’re not careful.
Know Your Options
Let’s look at the costs before going any further.
(These costs are all based on averages and are for the sole purpose of showing potential risks. They are not quotes. If you want a free quote, then fill out the form on this page or give us a call)
In most cases, it’s better to just go ahead and hire an expert to repair your windshield because you risk turning a $100 repair into a $300 – $500 budget draining expense.
However, if you’re a do-it-yourself pro who is willing to take the risk! I admire your initiative. Here’s a quick guide to show you how to use a windshield repair kit.
Repairing the Windshield
First of all, always read the instructions that come with the repair kit. This section is more of a general guideline that may or may not be applicable for every kit.
Repair kits come with everything you will need to perform the repair, which takes approximately one hour. I also recommend that you wear latex gloves during the process. With that said, here are the basic steps:
Clean the area of the windshield around the small dent with an alcohol pad.
Use a small pin to remove any loose glass chips from the small ding.
Peel away one side of the adhesive and press it against the windshield. Make sure that it’s centered on the small chip.
Peel away the other side of the adhesive. Make sure that it angles upward.
Empty approximately 75% of the resin into the pedestal. Allow it to sit for a few minutes. You will notice the resin seeping down into the damaged area of the glass.
Insert the syringe into the pedestal and push it in until it forms an airtight seal. It should then twist to lock in position. Leave it here for at least 10 minutes.
Remove the syringe so that air is allowed into the pedestal.
Reinsert the syringe again but press down on the plunger so that you can lock it to the lower setting. Leave it here for at least 20 minutes.
Remove the syringe. Use a razor to cut away the adhesive doughnut and pedestal away from the windshield.
Place a few more drops of resin into the center of the chip.
Place the small plastic square over the repaired area and use the razor to smooth out all of the air bubbles.
Remove the plastic strip and clean access resin away from the glass.
Hopefully, this post has showed you how to use a windshield repair kit to repair your own windscreen. It’s a bit of a risk so don’t try this if you are not experienced in auto repair.
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