What Are The Best Tips And Tricks For Windshield Repair And Windshield Replacement?
No one likes to think about a chipped or damaged windshield. This is partly due to a misconception that any damage requires a full windshield replacement and that insurance companies will refuse to cover the cost of the job. In actuality, windshield repair is often the solution to problems and not only is it reasonably priced, it is often covered in the comprehensive portion of auto insurance.
The biggest thing to remember when you’re dealing with a damaged windshield is to get your insurance company involved as soon as possible. Informing them right away that you have some damage, as well as how the damage happened, will help get the ball rolling as far as an estimate and repair work. Many insurance companies require that you use a certain company for the replacement or that you gather estimates from a few local businesses. Understanding their requirements will smooth the way to a relatively easy process.
Chips and small cracks, up to the size of a dollar bill, are prime candidates for windshield repair. Repair jobs can be done quickly and most companies now offer mobile repair units which can come to address the problem without upsetting your schedule. The repair is done by injecting a special epoxy into the crack or chip. This epoxy is formulated to be both strong and clear so that once it dries and if buffed it is nearly impossible to see where the damage had once been. The structural integrity of your windshield is never compromised by a repair done professionally with quality products.
Windshield replacement jobs are much more complicated and this is why so many insurance and windshield companies encourage drivers to get problems repaired quickly. The entire process for a windshield replacement can actually take up to a week since the windshield usually needs to be ordered in before work can even begin. Once the new windshield has been delivered, the old windshield must be removed and all of the seals need to be clean and checked and, in some cases, entirely replaced. Once the new windshield is in place the adhesive used to mount it needs plenty of time to dry. Thus curing process can take several hours or even as long as a full day. Once the adhesive has dried the entire windshield needs to be inspected for safety and authorized by a safety professional before the customer can drive away.
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Versus Original Equipment Equivalent (OEE) - Auto Glass
When there are windshield cracks the owner may be able to fix it themselves using a kit or have a professional auto glass technician do the job. The kit has all the tools that are necessary to fix the crack, including the resin. One thing to note is that these cracked windshield kits will only work on little holes or dings or thin small cracks. With larger cracks, they may not disappear no matter how many treatments are applied. For long or deep windshield cracks or ones that do not respond to treatment with the kit, should be taken to an auto glass repair shop to have the windshield replaced or fixed. When they look at it, they can tell you if it is repairable or needs to be replaced. Most insurance companies will take care of the repair or replacement.
• Once it has hardened you can remove the tool
• Check the crack to see if you need to repeat the treatment. If it is a deep crack, you may need to do it again.
• Once you are satisfied with the repair of the windshield cracks you should take a soft dry cloth and polish the area so the resin solution will match the glass around it as much as it can. If you were fixing a small crack it could become almost unrecognizable and appear new to the naked eye but if it is a large crack it could look slightly warped in the area where it was fixed.