Many people take their car to the repair shop with a stone chip in the windshield. However, this need not be the case. Under many circumstances, you can use a windshield crack repair kit to fix small cracks and chips in the glass.

A typical car windshield is laminate of at least two layers of glass with a polymer resin between them. This gives the glass huge strength. In the event of an accident, the resin holds the pieces of glass together. The resin also stops them from showering into the car and causing injury.

Because of the layered structure of a windshield, crack repair is possible. Usually in the event of a stone chip, only one layer of glass has affect. The underlying layers remaining undamaged. This means that it is possible to make the windshield more stable, and prevent the damage getting any worse. This is without having to replace the whole windshield.

If the stone chip has gone through more than one layer of the glass then you should replace the windshield. This is because under such circumstances, the damage could cause impairment to the ability of the driver.

If you are able to repair the windshield, you should carry out the work as soon as possible. Otherwise, the cracks will spread. This is thanks to the pressure of the air pushing against the glass when you are driving. As the cracks spread, the glass becomes weaker and weaker. The glass can eventually shatter under the pressure. This is obviously highly dangerous for the driver and any passengers in the car.

The actual method of repairing a stone chip or small crack in the glass is simple with the appropriate windshield repair kits. Although different manufacturers package the kit differently, the actual method is roughly the same.

Windshield crack repair is done by injecting a clear resin into the crack or chip under pressure in order to completely fill any spaces, then the resin is cured rapidly using a special light that leaves it as hard as rock. Done properly, there should be no distortion of vision when you repair windshield crack damage. In many cases, the resin bonds so well with the edges of the cracks that the actual damage is much less visible and distracting for the driver.

As well as small windshield repair kits designed for a single use, larger professional kits are also available that contain enough resin and equipment to perform up to 100 repairs. Because it is a fairly straightforward task to repair windshields using the proper tools, there are many companies available who will carry out the service on your behalf, although at a much higher cost than doing the work yourself albeit a lot less than you would have to pay for an entirely new windshield.

The windshield on your car is there to protect you at all times, but it must be clear to see out of to help you avoid any trouble in the first place. It is vitally important to repair any damage to it, no matter how small it is, to ensure your safety, and also to prevent it getting worse and potentially costing you a lot of money.

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POSTED BY blueliteautoglass | May 13, 2021 |

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