Just when you thought the day couldn’t go wrong as you take on your most awaited road trip, you encounter one of the driver’s most feared situation – a cracked windshield. This could happen to anyone, no matter how careful or reckless you are, a random stone and other sharp object will have to hit your windshield, and not care about how cracks, chip, or full-on glass replacement. This could ruin your day and your entire budget, but only if you allow it to. The great news is a cracked windshield does not always call for a full replacement, as long as you know the tricks and hacks to fixing it the soonest possible time. Fortunately, our windshields were designed to be more resilient than we think, that a simple ‘stone accident’ cannot simply break it to pieces. The key to making sure the crack or chip does not turn into anything more major that would require a trip to a glass shop, is to simply act on it immediate. And yes, it may require driving back home to do this, unless you have the handy windshield repair kit with you.
One important thing to understand about windshield cracks and chip is that they can grow bigger, due to the combination of air and moisture. Apart from a growing crack, this can also significantly affect the overall visibility of the windshield. This is why it is extremely important to the emphasize the need for a quick action when it comes to this sort of car emergencies, and the main idea of DIY windshield repair is to prevent any moisture and air from getting in through the crack or chip. Majority of chips can be easily sealed, while cracks can be more difficult to deal with.
So far, the best DIY tool is an adhesive injection. Thoroughly apply it to the chip, ensuring that every single damage is sealed. It’s best to do this with a magnifying glass, to be sure. This method may still leave a visible spot on your windshield, but this could be enough to protect the overall visibility of the windshield. It is however important to note that a basic adhesive injection or epoxy will run off through time, depending on the usage of the car. So, it is also crucial to do replenish the adhesive at least once every month.
When to go to an auto glass repair shop
Unfortunately, certain windshield cracks cannot be fixed with even the strongest type of adhesive. Once you find yourself re-applying the adhesive to the chip or crack more than twice in less than six months, then it calls for a trip to a glass repair shop. A good auto glass repair shop typically has the windshield replacement within their facility, so there’s no need to worry about waiting days or weeks to have your car usable, again. This is particularly crucial for vehicles that are used for commercial purposes, given that every day of not being on the read means zero income, as well.
During your visit to the glass shop, be open about your budget and your requirements to make sure that you get exactly what you want. If you have to spend for a replacement, it might as well be one that is better than the previous one you had. Lastly, you can always ask the glass specialist on how to prevent cracks and chip on your new windshield.