Windshield Repair ProcessWindshield Repair is based on principles like any other kind of repair. Thedifference lies in the quality of the repair affects directly your safety and drivingcomfort. At Goobers Windshield Repair, we want you to feel comfortable withwindshield repair. In order to achieve that purpose, we are revealing everythingabout windshield repair, inside out; no secrets, no hidden information. We hopethat when you understand windshield repair, you will be less guarded againstwindshield repair services, amiss all those disreputable trickery some automobileservice technician employ to retain customers and profit from unnecessary"repairs."Before we begin with the Windshield Repair process, we should evaluate whenand why you should have your windshield repaired. You should always have yourwindshield repair at the first damage it takes, when it is still a small ding. Whenyou repair that, at a considerably lower cost, the chip will fill in, restoringwindshield strength and prevent further cracking. If you leave the chip in thewindshield, sooner or later it will crack open, developing into a full length crack.The problems with a crack are that it weakens the windshield substantially, isharder to hide cosmetically even with repair, is easier to get contaminated andthat not everyone can perform crack repairs. Crack repairs require another set ofequipment different from chip repairs.To fully appreciate the value of Windshield Repair, you should read our otherarticle, Understanding Windshield Chip Repair. Visit[http://www.gooberswindshieldrepair.com] to access this article.In this article, we will be repeating some information also found in our article onfixable chips and cracks. Visit [http://www.gooberswindshieldrepair.com] toaccess this article.Chip RepairA chip, or more commonly called ding, is a small break caused by object impactfrom stones and projectiles. The break can be structurally classified as bullseye,star break, and combination. Most other structural breaks are derivations of thesethree basic types.
In order to properly fix chips, several steps must be followed to ensure the bestrepair. Beginning with preparation, the technician cleans the surface of thedamaged area of loose glass shards. Then the center of the impact point isopened up through drilling to facilitate resin injection. Depending on the type ofbreak, the chip may be further "tapped" to create a reservoir in the glass throughwhich resin can flow easier into harder-to-reach spots.Now that the chip surface has been prepared, the technician aligns the injectorhead to the chip entry point, first vacuuming the air out of the break and thenfollowing through with resin injection. When the chip has filled, under a curinglight, the resin in the chip begins to solidify, bonding the cracked windshieldtogether. The remaining steps involve curing additional layers of resin onto thechip impact point to ensure a smooth surface and polishing to protect the resinfrom chemicals in the air and wiper washers.Prelude to Crack RepairCrack repair deserves a little more attention. Before you consider a crack repair,please ask yourself the following questions:What type of crack is it?How long has it been there?Where is the crack?What are you trying to achieve with a crack repair?If the crack is a single long crack (one impact point, one crack) and under 24inches, a crack repair is feasible over a windshield replacement. If there aremultiple single long cracks in different locations, then you also need ask yourselfwhat you want from the repair. If the crack has many legs (one impact point,multiple cracks) then you should eliminate Windshield Repair from yourconsiderations and go directly to replacement. There has been too muchstructural distortion to properly repair that. Lastly, if the crack is a stress crack,meaning that it developed without an external break, then either your windshieldis defective or your car frame has somehow warped that an abnormal stresspattern is exerted on the windshield.Next, after a rigorous process of elimination and you determined that your crackbelongs to those fixable single long cracks, you should also know how long thecrack has been there. Cracks one month old are repairable. Over that you should
consult a repair technician. Factors such as the number of car washes, types of carwashes, driving environment and overnight parking locations will affect thecleanliness of your crack.The answer to the next question is basically a yes or no to repair.Q: "Where is the crack?" (Should I repair the windshield?)A: "Over the drivers primary viewing area." (No.)A: "Somewhere else." (Yes.)Lastly if you want to have a perfectly transparent windshield, you should opt forreplacement. Windshield Repair will improve it cosmetically but sometimes andat some angles you will be able to see a thin line and a little bit of visualdistortion, but not enough to affect your driving ability. I recommend you to get areplacement if you have multiple single long cracks, unless you care less aboutseeing visual blemishes than paying top dollars for a good replacement.Crack RepairNow that we have got through the administrative material, lets get to the point.Crack repair begins with creating a tip for the crack. The tip serves as an end pointfor the crack; in other words, you can imagine the tip as a heavy weight anchorthat the crack is tied to. Filling the tip in separately, the technician then proceedsto inject resin into the crack starting from its impact point. Then slowly andmethodically the technician moves the injector along the crack path and fillingthose spaces gradually until reaching the vicinity of the tip. After resin hasfinished filling, the technician cures the resin.ResinOne very important element of repair is the resin. Resin viscosity rating correlatesto its strength. For chip repairs, the resin viscosity is lower than the resin viscosityused in crack repairs. The reason being that resin used for chip repairs need to beversatile to go into nooks-and-crannies and less for strength, since the structuraldamage is very small. For cracks, there are no small spaces to wedge into and it isvery important to have stronger resin to fully bond the crack together.Curing Light
Curing light plays a crucial role in repair quality and time. The right curing lightonly will properly cure the resin in a shorter time span. This enables the vehicleowner to assume normal usage of the car right after the repair.Windshield Repair is a simple process; all it takes to get a quality repair isknowing what and when to repair and having the right technician.