How to Repair a Windshield Chip


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How to Repair a Windshield Chip

NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR BROKEN WINDSHIELDS. Those words basically kiss you as you are stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic with no way to get around the construction truck painted with that sentence. You try to do everything in your power to fall farther back from the truck, or make it into another lane, but all your efforts are in vain. Suddenly, as an opening appears in the lane beside yours, you start to accelerate and merge into your escape zone. Just as you do this, like a sick joke, the truck kicks back a stone, right into your windshield. The windshield chip that remains from the rogue pebble sends an angry shutter down your spine. Is your windshield now needing to be replaced? All from an unforeseeable and unavoidable piece of gravel? If you get to it quick enough, you might be able to repair the windshield chip before it begins to spread or expand. How? Follow this simple guide in repairing a windshield clip.

  • To begin the repair, you need to go to a store and get a windshield chip repair kit. These can often be found at a Wal-Mart or any auto parts store.
  • Once you have chosen a kit, you can begin the repair process. You want to have an absolutely dry windshield, which means you probably don’t want to do this job on a rainy day. If the area is wet, use a blow dryer to dry the spot. The windshield needs to be clean, at least around the windshield chip. Use a little acetone to clean this area but make sure it is only a little bit, so that it doesn’t drip anywhere.
  • This next step can be different, depending on what kind of windshield chip repair kit you got. We will discuss a basic one, which will give you a better idea of how to fix the windshield chip yourself.
  • The one we used is a Loctite brand windshield chip repair, and is relatively simple to handle. It consists of an adhesive and a fitting/syringe to help apply it. To begin, start by removing the film on the adhesive, and applying it to the windshield crack.
  • Next attach the fitting in the upright position, letting it sit directly on the adhesive, completely vertical.
  • Now use the syringe, sticking it into the fitting, and holding the bottom part firmly to the fitting.
  • Next pull back on the syringe’s handle, for about a minute, letting the vacuum of the syringe pull all the impurities up and pushing the adhesive down.
  • Finally, let the handle go. The slamming pressure will push the adhesive into the chip, making sure it goes everywhere it needs to.
  • Once you’ve done this about 6 or 7 times, remove the syringe, adapter, and adhesive and the original adhesive sheet. There will be a small bit of film left over that you can scrape off with a razor blade, but give the adhesive a few hours to cure before you do this.

This easy to use kit makes it possible to fix that irritating chip, without having to replace the whole glass. The way the adhesive glides into the crack, while the syringe pulls out all the water and dirt, makes sure you end up with a beautiful finish. So if you ever get a windshield chip, whether by an unavoidable stone or by some other tragic chip maker, all is not lost.  If you follow the steps laid out in this guide and on the windshield chip repair kit correctly, and let the adhesive work its magic, then the kit will leave you nothing but a feint reminder of that frustrating piece of highway debris.

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