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How to Repair a Windshield

Posted by janewideman on April 17, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Windshields are an important component of any automotive. They provide safety in various ways. However, a drawback with them is that they tend to get damaged or break easily. That leads to frequent replacement or repair of windshields. For this purpose, most of the people prefer to seek an expert technician. While it is true that professionals will repair your windshield at their best, the process of repairing minor damages in the windshield is fairly simple and you can actually do it all by yourself too.

Minor damages can include:

Small chips of gravel in the glass
Small cracks in the windshield

Let us have a look at the few simple steps that will help you in repairing such minor windshield issues.

First of all, you must know that immediate repair is imperative as soon as you see a chip or a crack in the windshield, no matter how small it may be. Often, people ignore this and leave them unrepaired. In the long run such minor problems may actually become so severe that it might become impossible to get them repaired. Hence, timely action is essential. This is similar to wheel alignment, a common problem that rarely gets performed when it needs to be.

Another important thing to be remembered is that replacement of windshields is costlier than its repair. However, repair is an ideal option only when the cracks are small. Larger cracks will demand replacement. Some replacements may come with a guarantee or warranty enabling you to get your windshields replaced at free of cost provided it is within the assigned timeframe. Therefore, if you want to save some bucks, then it is better to get it repaired at the slightest appearance of the problem.


Now comes the main step of repairing:

Buy a repair kit from the market. Usually a repair kit will comprise the adhesive, injectors, holding structures, curing lamps and “how to do” videos.  

Before you start repairing, make sure to clean the windshield. Remove pieces of glass, bugs, tree saps, etc from the chip. You can do this with the help of a razor blade. After that clean up the crack or chip using water and soap plus denatured alcohol.  

Follow the directions about using the kit. Inject the adhesive once the chip area is totally dry. The best time for repair is dry and sunny days.

Repeat the steps till the time crevasses and cracks are filled up.

The process is simple and will be completed within a few hours.    

 

 

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