DIY Windshield Repair
Here at Gary’s Automotive, we take pride in offering a wide range of automotive services. For the services we don’t offer, we’re here to offer as much information and support as possible.
One service that has usefulness year round is windshield repairs. No matter the time or season, it’s easy to catch a wayward rock or other form of debris to the windshield. When this happens, one’s mind quickly races with the thought of expensive repairs. That isn’t the case. It may seem daunting, but windshield repairs are something that can be done with a little patience in an afternoon at home.
Fixing Your Own Windshield
Before we get started, it’s important to know what type of damage you’ll be able to repair yourself. Not every ding on your windshield is repairable at home, especially ones requiring a full replacement. Popular Mechanics shows us the type of damage that can be repaired at home vs that which will require professional assistance.
If the damage to your windshield is the kind that can be repaired, then luckily there are numerous kits available depending on the severity.
Regardless of the kit you choose, the same basic principles apply. The end result of DIY windshield repair is to stop the damage from spreading across the windshield. On most modern windshields, there are two sheets of glass that sandwich a sheet of durable plastic. This sandwiching stops your windshield from shattering in the event of an accident. When you get a chip in your windshield, air can become trapped between the layers, which is what allows the damage to spread.
Most DIY kits work on the same concept. The area is sealed off, and a mixture of clear resin is pumped into the chip. As the clear resin is forced in, excess air is forced out. As the clear resin replaces the air, it hides the appearance of damage to the windshield. When done properly, there is no visible damage to your windshield.
For the most part, a DIY windshield repair kit can be found for less than $20. To start with, you’ll want to completely clean the area that you plan on fixing. Depending on the type of kit you purchase, you’ll have different instructions for how to apply the resin, or you may have to combine different materials to create your own resin.
In either case, be prepared for some slightly aggressive repairs. The art of removing the air and injecting the resin can be quick and requires some force. In most cases, a snapping motion will be done with a syringe that results in trapped air bubbling up through the resin to be injected.
In any case, make sure to follow the specific details outline by whatever kit you choose. This is one service that you don’t want to try and take a shortcut in. Spilled resin can be difficult to remove if not carefully handled. Be sure to be patient and attentive, and in no time you’ll be seeing clearly from your windshield once again!