There’s nothing like a new car, the road and a sunny day. And there is nothing that can ruin that faster than a semi-truck excessive speed and throw a stone in his previously pristine windshield day. Fortunately there is no need to panic. Today technology exists to repair many chips and cracks without resorting to replacement of the windshield. Save hundreds of dollars learning how to fix a crack in the glass car yourself.
Auto glass repair yourself
- Examine the chip with a magnifying glass. Long cracks will require replacing the windshield but many others can be repaired with a repair kit simple auto glass. Even if they do not obstruct your view, all chips and small cracks should be repaired immediately. Eventually they can become a longer crack and certainly will become magnets for dirt impossible to remove.
- Buy a repair kit glass or car windshields. You can find a simple adhesive injection kit in most department stores or your local auto shop for about ten dollars. There are more complicated kits but are no more effective than the easiest to use one. Keep it simple.
- Start with a dry windshield. It is absolutely essential that the windshield is completely dry and at some place near or over temperature. If it is cold or raining outside, you have to enter the car in a garage.
- Peel the backing film of a pre – cut and apply on clean glass tape, centered on the chip. Polish with a blunt object and remove the remaining film. Making sure that the plastic adapter that comes with the kit is vertical, attached to the film. Polishing again.
- Remove the syringe cap adhesive, making sure it does not drip on car paint job. Connect the syringe to the adapter, holding the body of the syringe with one hand to hold steady, pull the handle of the syringe back until it stops. This vacuum removes air and allows adhesive to seep down the crack. Hold for one minute.
- Release the handle. Do not apply pressure on the handle of the syringe, just let it go. This will force the adhesive into the crack. Repeat as necessary until the crack is completely filled with glue. Remove the adhesive sheet, glass syringe and adapter and remove the excess glue around the crack with a towel moistened alcohol, leaving a bubble of adhesive into the crack itself.
- Let it dry. Allow the adhesive to dry for several hours. When hardened Remove excess adhesive from the crack with a razor blade. Congratulations, you have successfully repair your windshield and saved a lot of time and money in the process!