A small chip in your windshield can appear after a heavy object bounces off of the glass. Do not panic if this happens to you. Instead, learn how to patch this area so that you can continue using your windshield without the damage becoming worse.
- glass cleaner
- lint-free cloth
- magnifying glass
- sewing needle
- plastic scraper
- glass repair kit
Cleaning And Setting Up
Work in an area that provides plenty of light. If you have a garage that has electricity hooked up to it, you may want to complete the repair in there. If not, wait to complete the repair outside during a time that it is not windy. Remove glass fragments from the chipped area with a sewing needle or tweezers. Use a magnifying glass to help you spot them. Clean in and around the chipped area. Spray glass cleaner on a lint-free cloth and wipe away any dirt that is present.
Assembling The Tools
Your glass repair kit will contain several tools that need to be connected together. The first step is to place the suction cup tool over the damaged area. This piece will have a cutout section. Line this area right over the chipped glass. Moisten the suction cups that are attached to the tool and press them down onto the windshield. Insert the application tube, lining up the threaded area with the cutout part of the suction cup tool. Tighten the applicator by turning it to the right.
Adding The Resin
Squeeze a few drops of epoxy resin through the end of the application tube. Insert the end piece that came in the kit. It has a threaded area on it, like the applicator tube. Tighten this piece until it applies pressure to the resin. The resin will fill in the chipped area. After pressure has been applied for a few minutes, remove all of the tools.
Waiting For The Resin To Dry
Apply the piece of film that came with your kit over the repaired glass. Secure it with a few pieces of tape. Smooth out the resin by gently rubbing a plastic scraper on top of the film. Check the status of the resin by getting inside of your car and viewing the glass. Once the resin has turned clear in color, it is dry and the film can be removed. The damaged area will no longer stand out and you will be able to safely see out of your windshield.
If you lack the supplies, time, or skills to complete this job yourself, check out a shop like Central Glass. Windshield chip repair takes just a few minutes, so you can get it done on your lunch break or before heading home for the night.