How to fix a crack in the Auto glass
There’s nothing like a new car, the road and a sunny day. And there’s nothing that can ruin that day faster than a semi-truck speeding by and throwing a stone into your previously pristine windshield. Fortunately, there is no need to panic. Today technology exists to repair many of the chips and cracks without resorting to windshield replacement. Save hundreds of dollars learn to fix a crack in the auto glass yourself.
Repair the Auto glass yourself
- Examine the chip with a magnifying glass. Long cracks will require you to replace the windshield, but many others can be repaired with a simple auto glass repair kit. Even if they do not obstruct your sight, all chips and small cracks should be repaired immediately. Eventually they can become a longer crack and will undoubtedly become magnets for dirt impossible to remove.
- Buy a repair kit for glass or auto windshield. You can find a simple adhesive injection kit in most department stores or your local auto store for around ten dollars. There are more complicated kits, but they are not more effective than the easier ones to use. Keep it simple.
- Start with a dry windshield. It is essential that the windshield is completely dry and somewhere near or over temperature. If it is cold or raining outside, you will have to enter the car in a garage.
- Peel the support film from a pre-cut adhesive tape and apply it on the clean glass, centered on the chip. Polish with a blunt object and remove the remaining film. Making sure that the plastic adapter that comes with the kit is vertical, it adheres to the film. Polish one more time.
- Remove the syringe cap from the adhesive, making sure it does not drip on car paint work. Connect the syringe to the adapter and, holding the syringe body with one hand to keep it steady, pull the handle of the syringe back until it stops. This vacuum removes the air and allows adhesive to filter down the crack. Hold for one minute.
- Release the handle. Do not apply pressure on the handle of the syringe, just let it go. This will force adhesive into the crack. Repeat as many times as necessary until the crack is filled with glue. Remove the adhesive sheet, syringe and adapter from the glass and remove the excess glue around the crack with a moistened alcohol towel, leaving a bubble of adhesive in the crack itself.
- Let it dry. Allow the adhesive to dry for several hours. When it has hardened remove the excess adhesive from the crack with a razor blade. Congratulations, you have successfully repaired your windshield and saved a lot of time and money in the process!