Do Windscreen Repair Kits Work?
If you know anything about windscreens, you know that you cannot just leave a windscreen with a crack or chip in it; the damage is likely to spread, and then you will have to replace your windscreen altogether. So, a windscreen repair kit may seem like a good alternative for those who may not have the time or inclination to visit a windscreen repair shop. You could even save money.
But what are the pitfalls, and do windscreen repair kits work? It’s certainly not an easy job to repair a windscreen yourself, so this is what you need to know about windscreen repair kits.
Can I Repair My Windscreen, or Do I Need to Replace It?
When you visit a windscreen repair shop, a professional windscreen technician will quickly tell you what your options are and whether repairing your windscreen is an option. Cracks and chips can often be repaired.
How to tell if your windscreen can be repaired:
- The crack or chip is not deeper than halfway into the thickness of the glass
- The chip or crack is smaller than 7cm
- The damage is not in your field of vision
- The chip or crack is not too close to the edge of the windscreen
Types of Windscreen Repair Kits
If you go to the store looking for a windscreen repair kit, you may find yourself looking at a few options, but for the most part, they are based on the same premise. The point of a windscreen repair kit is to fill and stabilise the crack or chip. Most of these kits rely on a method that uses epoxy, and others use an adhesive patch. You may have to drill a small hole into the glass even. When using the kit, it is essential to take your time, read the instructions and ensure your work area and the glass is spotless.
The Trouble with Windscreen Repair Kits
If you don’t have an admirable amount of patience and a steady hand, you may want to forgo this exercise. First, you’ll need to ensure that there is no dust or dirt in the chip or crack; cleaning it carefully is essential, otherwise, you will be staring at trapped dirt in your windscreen. Next is the potential for bubbles, which is why windscreen repair kits typically come with a syringe to create a vacuum between the glass and the epoxy.
A windscreen repair kit will improve the appearance of the damage. However, it will neither be good as new, nor will the finish be quite as professional as that which a windscreen repair shop will offer. In fact, even if you’re in a bind, it’s better to go to a professional to fix your windscreen because these kits are difficult to use, and you may even cause more damage to your windscreen.
While windscreen repair kits may work for some, we recommend leaving windscreen repairs to the professionals because mistakes can be costly. If you need advice or to book an appointment, call Instant Windscreens today.