When you get a small crack or chip in your vehicle's windshield, you will need to act fast and have it repaired so that it will not move beyond the affected area. Small cracks are known to become large cracks very quickly when left in place. Fixing windshield cracks can be done in the comfort of your own yard if you have the right tools and a little time. Here are some instructions you can use to fix your own cracked or chipped windshield.
List Of Materials Needed
- Mild detergent
- Bucket of water
- Alcohol pad
- Windshield repair kit
Clear The Crack
The first step in fixing a cracked windshield is to get all slivers of glass out of the crevice so the repairing agent will be able to adhere without any obstructions. Move your vehicle into an area out of the sunlight so you will be able to see the cracked area without sun glare. Put on a pair of gloves to protect your hands from glass slivers. Use a push-pin to scrape out any embedded glass particles from the affected area.
Afterward, you need to clean the area to further remove debris. Use a sponge dipped in soapy water to scrub the cracked area. Use a clean cloth to dry and let it sit for a few minutes so all traces of water will evaporate. Use an alcohol pad to further cleanse the area. Rub around and in the crack and allow to air dry.
Using The Kit
A windshield repair kit will have all the materials you will need to fix your cracked windshield. Make sure to read the instructions thoroughly before attempting to repair. Kits all work in the same basic manner. You will have a plastic piece that will need to be placed directly over the cracked area. Suction cups will hold it in place. Make sure you line up the reservoir over the crack.
You will be putting resin into the reservoir on the repair device. After it is in place, there is a small plunger that you will need to pump in an up-and-down motion to release the resin into the crack. After all resin is administered, the plastic device can be removed.
The repair kit will have a piece of film that you place over the affected area. Use a credit card to scrape over the film, making the resin smooth over the surface of the glass. Remove the film. Move your vehicle into the sunlight so the resin will harden into place.
Should you find yourself in need of more extensive repairs, visit professionals like Mr Go-Glass.