Enjoying A Beautiful Car

A Quick Guide To Getting Your Windshield Repaired

by Sofia Murray

If you have recently been in a car accident or otherwise experienced damage to the windshield of your vehicle, you may be surprised at how sophisticated the technology is for repairing that damage is now. For instance, if a chip has occurred that is less than the size of a big button or a nickel, it can frequently be repaired for a reasonable cost. In addition, you may be able to minimize the visible damage and keep it from spreading to your windshield with a strategic application of super glue or the use of a windshield repair kit that uses a similar adhesive. Therefore, when you are ready to repair or disguise a cracked or chipped windshield, it is a good idea to be aware of the following choices.

Measuring The Extent Of The Damage

Professionals tend to vary by what is considered to be repairable damage and at what point the damage will require replacement. However, some experts recommend that if the damage is more than the size of a nickel in width or length, it is likely to benefit from a professional inspection before proceeding with the repair. 

That means that if your windshield shows damage of that size or more, you should not attempt to disguise the damage at home, even though doing so is merely a stop gap measure, without having it evaluated by an expert.  

Minimizing The Damage To Your Windshield 

Unfortunately, even a small crack or blemish to your windshield has the potential to quickly spread, which can then necessitate replacing the entire unit at a much more significant cost.  Therefore, it is essential to apply a temporary fix to the problem in order to have any chance of minimizing that damage.

You have two options that you can attempt safely at home, on a clean and dry windshield in a well-lit area. The first is a resin windshield repair kit, which will provide the materials that you will need and detailed directions as to how to facilitate the repair. Alternatively, you can also use super-glue or a similar product if you know what you are doing and don't need the extra support provided by the directions.

Whatever option you finally opt for, it is crucial to not lean on the windshield during the repair and to schedule an appointment to have the glass examined and repaired by a professional as soon as possible.  

In conclusion, driving around with a cracked or chipped windshield is not only unsightly, it may also be unsafe. As a result, you are likely to find that advice shared above is quite helpful as you plan for the necessary repairs.