The windshield of a car, motorbike, airplane, or even a window is an American terminology. In British terminology it is called windscreen and in Japanese English, it is called front glass. It is primarily used as protection from the wind, extreme temperatures, flying debris (such as pebbles, rocks, dust) and even ultra-violet rays for windshields with UV coating. Just like air bags and seat belts, windshields are very important safety devices. In case of a collision or upturn, windshields keep the passengers inside the car. When windshields are improperly installed, they can be a source of danger; they can puff out of their mounting when the air bag blows up.
How much is the Cost of a Windshield Repair?
For small cracks or damages in the windshield that may not necessarily require a replacement, the repair cost could be minimal or it will vary on the intensity of the damage. The key to cost cutting is to address the problem before it gets worst.
For damages that already require replacement, the cost is quite high and varies greatly on the type of car and the kind of glass that will be used. You may avail the benefits of your comprehensive insurance if you have one to assist you with the financial aspect.
What are my Windshield Repair Options?
Do the repair yourself.
This is a practical option for small cracks and damages to minimize the cost of repair. There are many do-it-yourself windshield repair kits available in the market. This will greatly help you do the repair yourself; saving on the cost of the repair and without the hassle of having to bring the car to a repair shop.
Simple steps to do a windshield repair:
Materials Needed -
Windshield Repair Kit, which typically includes:
Tube of Resin
Suction Cup Tool
Threaded Plastic Tube
Clear Finishing Film
Steps to Do the Repair -
1.Clean the windshields surface, especially where the crack or damage is situated. Remove any small, loose pieces of glass with a razor blade. Use a windshield or window cleaner to wipe the surface and let it dry completely for the next step.
2.Fasten the suction tool device to the windshield and ensure that the hole is directly over the cracked surface. The suction cup tool consists of four suction cups connected to an x-frame with a hole in the center. Push down the cups securely to the glass and adjust the position of the hole when necessary by gliding the x-frames arms.
3.Put the threaded plastic tube in the suction cup tools hole. The tube should appear like a hollow, large bolt. Lock-in the tube in the threaded hole as tight as possible. Check the tubes rubber tip to be on top of the window chip.
4.Set the tube of resin in the plastic tube, ensuring the resin tubes cap open. Pinch drops of resin, about two to four into the tube and on the crack or damage. Remove the plastic tubes center nozzle and screw it down the tube to help push the resin on the crack.