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How to Fix a Cracked Windshield
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How to Fix a Cracked Windshield

While the glass for your windshield is strong, it's not impenetrable, and chips and cracks can happen from flying gravel, temperature fluctuations, and accidents. When left unaddressed, even the smallest cracks can threaten your visibility, decrease the windshield's structural integrity, and break Florida State laws!

While investing in a replacement might be the best option, a repair could be possible, so here are a few essential factors to consider.

Do You Need Windshield Repair or Replacement?

Typically, a windshield will be repairable if the damage meets specific criteria, including:

  • The cracks are under eight inches, with no more than three chips

  • The damage is not at the edge of the windshield

  • A chip with cracks is smaller than the size of a quarter

  • The damage is not in the driver's line of sight

If the damage has exceeded these measurements, you need professional repair or replacement. While paying out of pocket can be pricey, check with your insurance company first because you may have coverage to complete the repair without any cost.

Doing the Repair

Several online products offer quick windshield repair, and most of the kits available will come with the required materials and tools. Standard materials and tools you will need are:

  • Glass cleaner

  • A dry and clean microfiber cloth

  • Pin or thumbtack

  • Windshield repair kit

Clean the Damaged Area

Start by thoroughly cleaning the windshield and removing any loose fragments of glass or debris.

Apply the Bonding Agent

Apply the resin directly to the crack, and from inside your vehicle, apply pressure to the sides and center of the crack to push air out so the resin fills in the damage.

Be Thorough

If some areas are not filled, repeat this step to ensure all parts are covered, then place curing strips over the affected areas.

Give It Ample Time to Cure

The resin will need time to cure, so move your vehicle into direct sunlight and once it's fully dry, remove the strips, and scrape off any excess resin.

How Safe is DIY Windshield Repair?

DIY is all the rage, and if you are working with a cracked windshield, it can be tempting to try to save a few bucks and do the job yourself. However, if you don't have the experience, tools, and equipment or are dealing with complex damage, you can make the situation worse!

A pro will have the know-how and the tools, so you know the repair and any ADAS calibration required have been completed safely, removing the worry.

Quality Counts Auto Glass: Your Auto Glass Repair Experts

The biggest priority for the repair is keeping you and your passengers safe when you're on the road, and if DIY isn't the right choice, turn to the experts at Quality Counts Auto Glass. Our mission is to provide exceptional services; whether you need a windshield replacement or repair, we have you covered!

For professional and streamlined auto glass services, message us online or call 941-251-7817 today.

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