Fix Your Chipped WindshieldAugust 30, 2019 3:35 pm
We’ve all had that moment where we are driving on the highway and the semi driving in front of us kicks up a rock that hits our windshield. That little pebble can be traveling upwards of 100 miles an hour when it strikes your windshield, and chances are, that little rock is going to leave a crack or at the very least a dent. Most of us generally have the same series of responses when this happens. We are initially startled, after all, a loud and startling noise just interrupted your morning commute. We then transition to anger, as if that semi driver meant for that rock to come flying right at us, and finally, we are bummed out and not looking forward to the costly repair of a new windshield. Luckily, you can easily take this repair into your own hands if the crack or dent is small enough! Come into your local U Pull And Pay today to get all the materials you need for this simple repair and get tips and parts for any other DIY repairs you have on your mind.
- Purchase A DIY Windshield Repair Kit
Many of us don’t think that we are capable of making any auto repairs on our own and get intimidated by the simple idea of getting something wrong. The best way to make sure that you don’t make any mistakes is to go into your DIY project armed with the right materials and right information. You can easily accomplish both of these goals by buying a DIY windshield repair kit, which should only cost you about $5-10. Once you’ve picked up this simple tool, you are ready to start preparing your windshield.
- Clean & Prep The Area
Start this project by cleaning a 12-inch radius around the area you are going to be treating with a simple glass cleaner. Make sure that you don’t do this project on a hot summer day as it could cause the adhesive to not bond correctly. Once you have cleaned the area with a glass cleaner, take a razor blade and smooth out the surface of all defects and bumps, making sure to remove any glass shards or pieces left behind by the pebble. Now that you have cleaned the area you can move onto applying the adhesive.
- Apply The Adhesive
These DIY windshield repair kits generally come with a tube or plunger filled with a simple adhesive that will function as filler glass once it is dry. Simply apply the adhesive to the affected area and let it seep into the crack fully. Many of these kits come with a smoothing tool that you will use after the adhesive has taken hold to fully smooth out the area, leaving you with a perfect finish.
If you are interested in tackling this simple DIY repair project yourself or want to learn how you can take your car’s maintenance into your own hands, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our expert technicians will get you in and out and on your way with all the parts, tools, and know-how that you need to tackle any auto repairs on your own!
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This post was written by Jonathan Kling