Repair the windshield by yourself

Some people take their vehicle with professionals to repair cracks and chips in the windshield, but in fact it is a task that most people can carry out on their own. Windshield repair kits include all the materials you need to make cracks in your car’s windshield virtually disappear. It only takes one hour to do it, and the kit can be obtained at auto parts stores for less than US $20.

Professional windshield repair kits

Although it is tempting to try some simple solutions for repairing cracks in automotive windshields that use supplies that you have on hand – such as extra strong glue and clear nail polish – take into account that remedies such as extra strong glue and Nail varnish can prevent the fissure from spreading through the windshield, but will not cover it. The windshield repair kits are designed to cover the crack completely and when done properly, the fissure will completely disappear. There are several windshield repair kits on the market. In addition to auto parts stores, windshield repair kits can be purchased online at stores like Amazon.

The method

Remove the loose glass from the splinter or the crack. The loose glass can be extracted using the corner of a razor blade. Do not exert too much pressure, or you will cause the fissure to spread. Once the glass is removed, pass the razor blade over the glass around the crack to remove dust and debris in the area, then wash the windshield with soap and water, and continue with the application of denatured alcohol. This will remove debris from the windshield and prevent pieces of glass from falling into the crack while applying adhesive. When the window is clean, allow the area to dry completely before starting to use the windshield repair kit.

While the instructions for use vary from kit to kit, the basic process for windshield repair using a kit is to apply adhesive directly onto the crack using the included adhesive syringe. Once the adhesive is applied, leave the tip of the syringe on the adhesive, then push and pull the plunger several times. This will eliminate the air pockets in the adhesive and will cause it to sink in all cracks. Make sure all the bubbles have disappeared from the adhesive.

Once it dries, the adhesive will leave a film on the crack, and it will be almost impossible to notice if there was a crack on the windshield. If a lump remains behind the area in which the syringe was inserted, it will be almost imperceptible. Although if you prefer to remove it, wait until the adhesive has dried for a few hours and then pass a sheet shaving gently on the protuberance to match it with the rest of the glass.