Experts recommend that a windscreen chip or crack be repaired as soon as it occurs. If they are not taken care of in good time, they spread fast and can become more expensive to fix later on.
In some instances, the damage could happen when you are in the country or the middle of nowhere. If that happens, you can neither reach a windscreen repairer nor should you risk driving the car.
To avoid this dilemma, you should keep a windshield repair kit in the car. You will be more than happy when you have one within reach at all times.
Why Carry a Windshield Repair Kit?
First and foremost, it is convenient, and it will be there when you need it.
This means that for small repairs, you do not have to make endless calls or wait hours for a technician to get to where you are. In some cases, you can fix minor windscreen problems faster by yourself.
Think of it as your ‘first aid kit’ for your windshield whenever you experience a chip or a crack.
By completing DIY repairs with your own kit, you will be protecting your car and increasing your safety.
Did you know the structural integrity of the roof is compromised by cracks and chips in your windscreen glass? It is like a bomb waiting to explode.
With your own kit, you can fix small damages anytime. Regardless of where you are, you will prevent the issue from getting worse.
It does not matter where the chip happens. It is day or night. You can repair it.
Remember, an unrepaired chip is affected by temperature and rough rides as they will worsen the problem. You do not have to procrastinate when you have the repair kit with you.
Also, taking care of your windscreen is not rocket science when you have the repair kit.
They come with clear and simple instructions, and when followed to the letter, it will be easy to repair any chip or crack they are designed for.
With this, you know that a damaged windshield will not impede your sight or intimidate you while driving.
How to Select a Windshield Repair Kit
There are varieties of windshield repair kits from different manufacturers.
With the varying components they come with. It is crucial to understand what you should look out for before you buy one.
The resin in the repair kit must have a high viscosity, and this means it is of high quality. It dries clear and is stable as it does not flow freely when applied.
Another advantage of high viscosity resin is that it does not shrink, binds the glass tightly, and does not leave blemishes.
On the other hand, the poor-quality resin can leave a big blemish.
Not every temperature is suitable for windscreen repair. That is one reason sometimes it will dry too fast while at other times it doesn’t seem to dry fast enough.
The kit that you are buying must indicate the ideal temperature range. The instructions will vary from one manufacturer to the other, and thus you should follow the specifics of the letter.
Understand the differences in the kits and what you would wish to have. Some are ideal for multiple repairs, while others are for single use.
The kit that you choose must include all the accessories you need for the task. Resin is one of the most important.
Also, it should have curing strips, applicators, pushpins, adhesives, an injector, and a razor. They help in fixing the issue professionally and fast.
What Size Of Damage Are Repair Kits Suitable For?
If the damage is big, the kit will not be suitable. It works well if it’s the size of a quarter or smaller.
The bigger it is, the more expertise will be required. Again, if it impedes your line of vision, you may want to seek professional chip repair rather than doing it yourself.
Always refer to the directions of the kit you purchase. They will tell you the maximum size of the chips and or cracks you can safely repair.
Is a Windshield Repair Kit Hard To Use?
The answer is no since most manufacturers include detailed instructions. Just make sure you choose a kit where all the tools needed are included. Then all you have to do is follow the guidelines.
Do not take chances and assume the steps to complete. Each kit may suggest a different process based on their products.
This can vary from one kit to the other, and the best thing is to follow the instructions for your specific one.
When Fixing A Chip or A Crack Yourself
Even though it is relatively straightforward, mistakes can happen easily.
Be careful when you decide to do it yourself, whether it is your first or second time. First, go through the instructions and understand the dos and don’ts.
Get to know what each component is used for, what goes in first, and what to do next. You cannot take chances with your car; otherwise, you might need a full windscreen replacement.
Remember to prepare the surface well, which includes removing debris and dirt.
Fix the issue as soon as you notice it. Every bump or temperature rise expands it. If it is not fixed, there is a chance debris and dirt will find their way in, and it could be costly for you to fix properly.
Be certain the damage can be repaired. Some are irreparable due to the extent of damage and will require a replacement.
Before you can start working on it, assess and determine the best solution. You may need to consult an expert if you are in doubt.
To ensure the result is flawless, avoid applying too much pressure when spreading the resin, and be moderate. Do not scrape off excess resin before it solidifies completely.
As a car owner or a driver, it is a smart idea to have a windscreen repair kit at all times. You do not know when a pebble will fly to your car glass and cause damage.
Numerous advantages come with owning one. In case of a crack or a chip, you can reduce their appearance and drive comfortably regardless of where you are.
It is best to choose a kit that can be used multiple times and works on different types of laminated windscreens to be prepared for any situation.
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