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Expert advice on car window chip repair
September 19, 2020 at 4:00 AM
This is a picture of a windshield needing car window chip repair.

Getting a chip on your car window may not seem like a big deal, but that small chip can quickly grow into a big problem. If you need a window chip repaired, what should you do?

What causes window chips?

Chips in the windshield often happen while you’re driving. Other vehicles ahead of you on the road can kick up rocks and other small objects, sending them flying into your windshield. Hail can also cause damage, as can drastic temperature fluctuations in a short period of time.

Why is car window chip repair important?

It’s important to fix chips in the glass in order to prevent the damage from getting worse. If you leave the chip as-is, it could grow larger, and even make the glass more susceptible to damage from rocks and such hitting it in the future. Depending on the depth of the chip, water could get in and freeze, causing the chip to grow. Water can also carry dirt into the damaged area, or get trapped and cause fog, making it harder to see.

How to repair small window damage

If the chip is smaller than the size of a quarter, you may be able to fix it yourself with a repair kit. Be sure to follow the instructions on the kit, which will typically look something like this:

1. Clean the glass

Make sure the glass around the chip is clean.

2. Apply the adhesive patch and pedestal

Peel the backing off of the patch and place the adhesive side onto the glass, with the chip showing in the center. Then, peel off the top layer and attach the pedestal.

3. Add the resin

Add the epoxy resin to the pedestal.

4. Use the syringe

Insert the syringe into the pedestal and pull up on the plunger. This will create a vacuum to pull out any air bubbles. After several minutes, press down on the plunger, which will force the resin deeper into the chip. After another several minutes, remove the syringe.

5. Allow the resin to cure

Remove the adhesive patch. Then, add a drop of the resin onto the chip and apply the UV curing sheet. Be sure your car is in the sun. Once the resin has cured, use a razor blade to scrape off the UV curing sheet and any excess resin.

How to repair large window damage

If the chip in your windshield is larger than a quarter, you will need to have it professionally repaired. Depending on the size and severity of the damage, the entire windshield may need to be replaced.

Benefits of having professionals perform car window chip repair

Auto glass professionals are experienced in chip repair and will make sure the job is done right. At Simbol Auto Glass, our certified technicians will assess the damage and determine the right solution for your car. If a repair is possible, we’ll use the highest-quality auto glass and bonding agents to fix the damage. If a full windshield replacement is needed, you can trust that a quality job will be done.

Simbol Auto Glass is also a preferred service provider for all major insurance companies. Auto glass repairs and replacements are covered under comprehensive insurance coverage, and our team will handle the claim for you.

Simbol Auto Glass has four locations in Metro Detroit for your convenience. We offer excellent service and the lowest prices around, so you can feel confident in your decision to choose us for auto glass repairs and replacements. Your safety is our top priority, and we treat customers with respect and honesty. Contact us today.