What is involved in repairing a chip windshield?
Repairing a windshield break usually involves the use of a clear liquid resin solution to fill the broken area. The solution is then dried using ultraviolet (UV) radiation to allow it to harden. This makes the windshield look almost like new and prevents chips and small cracks from spreading so that the entire windshield does not need to be replaced.
The first step in repairing a windshield chip is to take stock of how bad the chip is. Take moderate damage in general, can be fixed quickly and with a minimal cost for car insurance companies or owners. A transparent resin material is inserted into the chip and allowed to set. Sometimes a UV lamp is used to harden more quickly. In many cases a hold is pierced at the base of the chip and the resin is inserted into it and then sealed closed.
After the resin has been inserted and hardened, the next step in repairing a windshield chip is to polish the area so that the solution matches the surrounding crystal as much as possible. Small cracks can become virtually unrecognizable and the windshield can appear as new to the naked eye. Larger chips and cracks may have a slightly deformed appearance in the area, but it’s generally no less noticeable that one is looking closely.
It is very important to have any windshield chip inspected by a trained professional because they can sometimes spread and cause more damage. When this occurs, the strength of the glass can be compromised and cannot hold up well even in a small collision. This can be dangerous and is usually more expensive to fix than repairing a windshield chip.
They may need to be fixed by replacement of all windshield splinters or cracks that are very large or pronounced. A trained professional should be notified as it can determine if a repair or replacement is the best course of action. Insurance companies may require a full replacement if a chip or crack is beyond a certain size or level of gravity.
There are items that can be bought in stores or online that allows consumers to pin a chip on themselves. These usually involve a similar process as professional use. They usually include a plunger device like the one that applies resin to the crack or chip. To use these correctly, it is important to follow the instructions exactly.