Most windshields will last a long time without needing to be repaired. If you drive on the highway where trucks are kicking up rocks, you may unfortunately notice that your windshield has acquired a chip or small crack in the glass from a stray rock that hit your car. If this happens, you will need to repair this area of your windshield before it gets worse. Cracking can spread very easily if left untreated. Here are some guidelines for you to use to repair your damaged windshield easily on your own.
Materials You Need
- Windshield repair kit
- Razor blade or push-pin
- Rubbing alcohol
- Clean piece of cloth
- Shop vacuum
- Credit card
Preparing Your Windshield For Repair
You will need to cleanse the affected area completely in order to allow the repairing product to adhere to the glass uniformly. This is done by removing any small shards that may be left behind inside the crack or chip.
Move your vehicle to an area that is in the shade so you can see the area without the hindering sun-glare reflecting off of your windshield. Use a push-pin or the edge of a razor blade to scrape any glass remnants out of the chipped or cracked area on your windshield.
If the area seems especially full of embedded slices of glass, you can use a shop vacuum instead to suction out the pieces. Use a piece of clean cloth dipped in alcohol and gently blot on the cracked or chipped area to clean completely.
Adding The Repairing Agent
You will be repairing your windshield with the help of a windshield repair kit. This can be bought at any auto parts store. There are several brands to choose from, but they all use the same basic method in fixing your windshield.
The kit will come with a small plastic applicator device that you will need to center over the crack or chip on your windshield. Small suction cups will allow you to stick it to your windshield. Line the reservoir up over the crack and push the suction cups into place.
The kit will include resin to place into the reservoir. This will be what fills in the crack or chip. The applicator will have a piece that you push up and down to pump the resin into the crack. After the resin is completely applied, you will need to remove the applicator.
There may be a piece of film included in the kit to help smooth the resin into place. Put it on top of the affected area and use a credit card to scrape along the film, smoothing the resin into place evenly. Move your vehicle to a sunny spot to help dry the resin into place. For help, tlak to a professional like F B Glass.