Windscreen repair is a skill that is often undervalued and overlooked, yet it can save you time, money and hassle in the long run.
A windscreen chip or crack can be repaired, but only if done quickly after it happens. The longer you leave it, the more complicated it will be to fix.
Repairing a windscreen chip or crack doesn’t have to be difficult. Here’s how to repair a windscreen:
Clean off any dirt or dust on the edge of the chip with soap and water. This will make sure that when you apply glue to the chip it sticks properly.
Apply a silicon-based adhesive (such as 3M Super 77) to the crack or chip using an old toothbrush or paintbrush. Make sure that there are no excess drips on the outside of your car’s windscreen – they could cause further damage if they fall onto another part of your car’s bodywork when driving down the road!
As soon as possible after applying glue, place some tape over the crack/chip so that it doesn’t spread further.
Windscreens are made up of a special type of glass called laminated glass. This means that it has a plastic layer sandwiched between two layers of glass. This plastic layer is what gives you the strength and safety of laminated glass and it is also what makes repairing your windscreen more difficult.
The best way to repair a windscreen is by using a new piece of laminated glass. The new piece can be cut to fit and then installed in the same way as an original part. If you have damaged your lamination, then this will need replacing as well before fitting a new piece of glass onto it.
If you do not want to replace the whole windscreen, but are only looking for a small repair such as fixing a crack or chip, then there are some other options available to you:
You can purchase an adhesive kit which will allow you to fix small chips or cracks yourself at home (this usually comes with instructions). Once applied, this will seal off any cracks or chips so that they cannot get any bigger and therefore stop water getting through them into your vehicle; however, this will not repair any major damage requiring replacement parts or patching up with filler materials.
If you have a chip or crack in your windscreen, there is no need to replace the entire unit. There are a number of ways to repair your windscreen and we will go through some of them below.
Windscreen Repair Options
Repairing your windscreen yourself can save you money as well as being more convenient than taking it to a professional. The following are some common ways that people like to repair their windscreens:
This is a temporary method of repairing small chips and cracks in the glass. It involves using glazing tape (like duct tape) to hold the edges of the damaged area together until the chip dries out. Once dry, it will be almost impossible for anyone to notice that there was any damage at all.