Driving a car with a chip in the glass can be a frustrating and nerve-wracking experience. Not only does it hinder your view and reduce visibility while driving, but it can also compromise the structural integrity of your vehicle and jeopardize your safety in case of an accident. Thankfully, repairing chips in your car's glass is a relatively simple and affordable fix. Here is what you need to know about repairing chips in your car's glass.
The first step in repairing chips in your car's glass is to assess the size and severity of the chip. If the chip is smaller than a quarter and not located in the driver's line of vision, it is likely repairable. However, if the chip is larger or located in the driver's line of vision, it may require a full windshield replacement.
Once you have determined that the chip is repairable, the next step is to gather the necessary materials. To fix your windshield, you'll require a repair kit available at auto supply stores or online. These kits typically include a resin applicator, resin, curing film, and a razor blade.
Once you have the kit, use a gentle soap and water solution to clean the windshield around the chip, ensuring it is thoroughly dried. Once the area is clean and dry, remove any loose glass particles or debris with the razor blade. Be careful not to apply too much pressure and make the chip larger.
Now, it's time to apply the resin. Refer to the instructions provided with your repair kit, but typically, you'll need to connect the resin applicator to the chip and apply pressure to ensure the resin fills the damaged area. Once the resin is applied, place the curing film over the chip and expose it to sunlight or a UV lamp for the recommended amount of time.
Once the resin has fully cured, remove the curing film and inspect the chip. If there is still a noticeable indentation, repeat the resin application process until the chip is filled and even with the rest of the glass surface.
Finally, use a razor blade or a special windshield cleaning tool to remove any excess cured resin from the surface of the glass. Clean the area again with soap and water and dry it thoroughly.
Repairing chips in your car's glass is a simple and affordable fix that can save you both time and money. Contact a professional to learn more about auto glass repair.