Getting your windshield cracked, whether by a rock being tossed at your vehicle from another, hail, or just debris from random trees or buildings, is an aggravating experience. Depending on the crack size, it could mean going to the glass shop, being without your car for a few days, potentially leaking during the wetter days or even a higher insurance premium.
And some insurance policies won’t cover chipped or cracked class, and that means that you’ll be paying completely out of pocket.
But, it doesn’t have to be a costly repair. Not if the chip or crack is minor and not terribly deep or large. Just repairing the one location would be much, much, cheaper than replacing the entire windshield.
This is generally done by injecting epoxy or an acrylic adhesive or filler into the chip, part of several windshield crack repair kits.
And if you think that you don’t need one of these windshield repair kits and that the crack is minor enough that it would be necessary, it’s still a good idea to fix the damage. Water will find its way through the chip or crack. And if it does, it can lead to a bigger one if it freezes.
It’s better to patch the problem now.
Windshield repair kits (usually the ones using windshield repair resins) can be found in most auto parts departments in may mass merchandisers, like Wal-Mart. If that doesn’t work, designated auto shops and auto part stores, like AutoZone, will also have a good chance of carrying these items.
To better apply these windshield repair resins, it’s recommended that you start with an absolutely dry windshield that’s somewhere near room temperature. Parking your car indoors for a few hours, outside of the rain or a wintry day, can achieve this.
You also want to make sure that it’s clean, but want to avoid things like window cleaner, or detergents. Acetone can help dry and clean the surface, but be careful to only use a little.
After that, it’s a matter of following the directions given to you by the product. If you’re not comfortable doing it yourself, having an auto-repair shop take care of it could also be an option.
Getting a patch job might not be appealing, but it can definitely save you from larger issues in the future.