How to Fix a Chipped Windshield

How to Fix a Chipped Windshield

There are a number of ways to repair windshield dings, including taking the car to a repair shop, where it should take a technician five minutes to fill the nick, and your insurance company is likely to cover the repair pre-deductible (it would rather pay a little for a repair now than a lot for a replacement later). If you decide to do it yourself, buy a windshield repair kit at a car-parts store or online. Kit specifics will differ, but it should include a doughnut-shaped adhesive to surround the ding, a syringe or similar tool to pull air bubbles from the crack, and resin to fill it.

TOOLS:

• Razor blade

MATERIALS:

• Rubbing alcohol

• Windshield repair kit

• Paper towels

1 Prepare the windshield. Clean the affected area and a couple of inches around it with rubbing alcohol, making sure to remove all windshield gunk from the area and any small chips of glass from within the crack itself.

How to Fix a Chipped Windshield

2 Create a seal. Remove the backing from the adhesive doughnut that came in your kit, and place the center directly on the chip—you want to make an airtight seal around the damage.

How to Fix a Chipped Windshield

3 Remove the air from the crack. Peel the second backing off the ring to reveal the adhesive and press the syringe-like tool into the ring. Use the syringe to draw air bubbles out of the crack. If the kit allows, lock the syringe in the "up" position and leave it for about 10 minutes.

How to Fix a Chipped Windshield

4 Fill the crack. Now reverse the process, using the syringe to slowly add resin to the vacuum you created in the crack. Before the resin dries, have paper towels at the ready and use a razor blade to scrape free the adhesive ring. Dab the adhesive that oozes out with the paper towels.

How to Fix a Chipped Windshield

5 Finish the repair. If your kit includes one, use the small plastic square to smooth the adhesive. Let dry in the sun.

How to Fix a Chipped Windshield

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