Many of us have encountered that unsightly crack or chip in our windshield that makes you think- ‘Oh No”! Windshield replacement and a lot of backs and forths possibly with your insurance company and all that jazz. Well, today we are going to tell you some things you can do to at least minimize the spread or seal off the crack altogether. We say temporary because even though a windshield crack or chip has been filled in, you still have to be sure it doesn’t begin to expand because that can actually be very dangerous- and it does happen.
Also the type of chip or crack really does matter. It makes the difference between whether or not you can d.i.y it or if it needs to be replaced altogether.
Apply Super glue or Clear Nail Polish
Before you attempt to fill the crack, clean the windshield with auto glass cleaner and paper towels. Then, as a low-fidelity solution, apply clear nail polish or superglue to the chip. Allow the polish or glue to dry, and then place a piece of clear packing tape over the area to help keep dirt out until you can have the chip repaired. Who knew you could temporarily fix a windshield with these everyday items?
Use a Windshield Repair Kit
Bonafide windshield repair kits are available for purchase at local hardware stores. To use this, you must be comfortable boring a small hole into the top layer of glass with a 1/16-inch drill bit. Next, force the specialized resin from the repair kit into the hole to seal the glass, reduce stress on the windshield, and stop cracks from forming. If you do the job well, this may be the only repair you need.
Avoid Sudden Temperature Changes
Glass expands in hot weather and contracts when it gets cold. If you direct a heating vent at your chipped windshield in cold weather, this may cause the crack to spread abruptly. Then you’ll have no choice but to replace the windshield. To prevent this from happening, park your car in the shade when possible and avoid using the window defroster until you have the chip repaired.
Schedule Windshield Repair or Replacement
Having a rock chip filled is a quick, easy, and affordable service. It’s always best to repair your windshield if you can. However, if the crack spreads longer than three inches, a repair may not be possible.