Your car's windshield is very strong but it can be damaged. If the windshield suffers any impact, large or small, it can cause holes or cracks. If it is minor damage you can have the process called rock chip repair done. One example of how this type of damage could occur is if you are following behind a dump truck and a small stone flies off and hits the windshield can cause a small hole in your windshield. When some people notices this hole they think they should have the windshield replaced. This can cost more money than you need to pay if you just have it repaired. Approximately seventy-five percent of damage to the windshield can be repaired.
Requirements for rock chip repair
The main requirement is that the crack or hole cannot be in the direct line of sight of the driver because some repair work can leave a mark behind. If this mark is between the visibility and of the driver, it can cause problems. If you wait and the crack spiders out it can be hard to repair because over time it will gather debris and dust making the repair results less than satisfactory. If you cannot get it repaired immediately, cover the hole or crack with clear tape to prevent dust and debris from getting inside it.
Procedure for rock chip repair
You can do this repair yourself by using a kit that you can purchase at auto repair stores. This kit contains the adhesive compound and a syringe. The instructions are in the kit. It is advisable to have the rock chip repair done by a professional because doing it yourself can leave you with a messy job and possibly replacement of the windshield. When the professional auto glass technician does the job, they will first clean the windshield and vacuum the chip to get rid of any debris or glass shards in the crack or hole. An optically compatible glass resin is injected into the crack or hole and then sealed dry using an ultraviolet light. This will help to prevent the class from cracking more from the area where the hole or crack was.
Cost of rock chip repair
If you decide to use the kit it will cost approximately thirty dollars but if you take it to an auto glass repair service it will cost approximately sixty dollars for the first process and twenty dollars for every other rock chip repair on the windshield done on this visit. If you have multiple cracks or holes or had this repair work done before you should choose to replace the windshield. Normally this type of repair work is covered by your auto insurance but you should check first.