Imagine waking up to a beautiful morning. You are on your way to work while singing along with your favorite song. You don’t have a care in the world. Bam! The car in front of you tosses up a small stone that puts a dent in your perfect morning – as well as your windshield! The small chip is about the size of a quarter, but fortunately it’s not directly in your line of sight. Not only is it cosmetically appalling, it now presents a safety hazard and potentially leaky windshield. Then you realise that you are going to have to deal with the repair of a windshield chip. That means the possibility of paying higher insurance premiums and potentially dangerous safety hazards if you choose not to repair it immediately.
Before you start to panic, understand that there is the possibility of not having to replace the entire windshield. It might be possible to repair it. Even if the chip is not in your direct line of sight, it still presents some significant safety issues. Plus, small dings will become large cracks if not addressed quickly. My point is to repair the windshield as soon as possible. Do not procrastinate!
Diagnose the Damage
The first step is to determine what type of chip you are dealing with. Chips can usually be repaired without having to replace the entire windshield. On the other hand, a crack usually means that the entire windshield will need to be replaced. Determine which one you are dealing with. You can only repair small chips yourself. Otherwise, you will have to take your vehicle to a shop.
You have one of two options here. Your first option is to get a free quote from a windshield repair service, which we just happen to offer! Your other option is to go shopping for a windshield repair kit. You can find these kits at most auto repair stores.
Dry the Windshield
The windshield must be dry in order to attempt repair. If it’s a rainy day, then you will have to park the vehicle indoors. It’s essential that your windshield is dry during repairs because you do not want to let water get trapped inside of the adhesive. You can use a hair dryer to speed up the drying time. Furthermore, you must make sure that the surface is clean. Lighter fluid is a great way to clean the surface without introducing it to moisture.
Using a Repair Kit
First and foremost, always read the instructions that come with the repair kit. This section is a general guideline. These steps may or may not be applicable to every kit.
This section will briefly describe how to repair a windshield crack by using a simple repair kit.
Peel the film from one side of the strip of adhesive.
Apply the strip to the dry glass. Center it over the chip.
Use a blunt object to rub the strip. Peel away any remaining film.
Position the plastic adapter so that it matches the adapter as closely as possible. Stick it on the film and polish it again.
Here’s where things get tricky! Remove the cap from the syringe and keep the pointy-end upright so that the adhesive doesn’t leak.
Attach the syringe to the adapter and then place some sort of timer where you can see it.
Grab hold of the syringe and pull the handle outward as far as it will go. Hold it for one minute. You should notice small bubbles form through the adhesive inside of the syringe. Some adhesive will drain down toward the chip.
Let go of the handle abruptly so that the pressure slams it down, forcing the adhesive into the crack.
Remove the syringe, adapter and adhesive sheet. Use a paper towel dampened with alcohol to clean away the adhesive from around the crack.
If you managed to make it through those nine steps then congratulations! People with knowledge of automotive repairs are going to have a much easier time of repairing their windshield. With that said, I have some awesome news for those of you who might find the whole repair process a complicated mess. Windshield repairs are so affordable that you can get usually get your windshield repaired for one-third of the price of replacing it.
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