Is it Possible to Fix Car Windshield Damage Myself?
Unforeseen windshield damage is nothing short of a mood spoiler. The hassle of wheeling your car to a service centre to get it fixed plus the expenditure involved can be quite bothersome. Many car owners opt for DIY solutions to fix their car’s windshield oblivious to the fact that such solutions only mean exorbitant future costs and hassles. Fixing a windshield is not as easy as it might seem. It requires specialised knowledge and skills. If you don’t have the required knowledge and the experience of handling windshields then you will, at best, only aggravate the damage caused.
Why You Need Windshield Experts?
The size, location, and severity of the windshield damage decide whether it can be repaired or not. Only a windshield expert can evaluate the damage and let you know whether your windshield requires a replacement or a repair will suffice. This is why, rather than making misinformed decisions by resorting to DIY solutions, it is best to let professionals handle it.
Minor chips that do not exceed 40mm in diameter and are restricted to the outer layer of the glass can easily be repaired by trained hands. Chip types such as star break, bull’s eye, bee’s wing, half-moon, cloverleaf, and combination break can be repaired. Minor chips can be fixed easily but you need to be proactive about them and get them fixed immediately by professionals. If they are left unattended, or worse, if you try to fix them yourself but fail to do so, they can escalate into bigger damage which would require you to get a windshield replacement.
But, one thing to be remembered is that minor chips, at the most two, can only be repaired. Anything more than that warrants a windshield replacement. If the chip damage on your windshield penetrates both the layers of windshield glass or if your windshield is littered with numerous chips, it is recommended to get a replacement done as repair will leave you with a structurally weak windshield. Moreover, repairing chip damage is also not an option if the damage is in the line of sight of the driver.
You might think that a crack can easily be fixed by a simple repair but that’s not the case. If you find a crack that ends or begins at the edge of the windshield then a windshield replacement is of absolute necessity. A replacement is also needed if the polyvinyl butyral layer of the windshield has been damaged. To repair cracked windshield is not a wise decision as the structural loss will be significantly higher. Repairing a cracked windshield can compromise the integrity of the glass. This is why a windshield replacement undertaken by professionals becomes mandatory.
Dangers of a Faulty Windshield
Your windshield is crucial to your safety, which is why, any chip or crack on your windshield must be addressed immediately. More often, a DIY solution or a home-kit repair can end up aggravating the problem and making it more time and money-consuming. DIY repair kits are not designed to be a permanent fix. Windshield damage that is fixed using a DIY repair kit will eventually need to be replaced or repaired. Moreover, by using DIY solutions, you run the risk of the chip or crack expanding. This can easily cause your windshield to shatter while you are driving.
Windshield experts have the experience, training, the right equipment, and the products to get the job done in a safe and proper manner. Due to your lack of knowledge and skills, you could end up causing more harm than good to your windshield. A defective windshield or a wrongly installed windshield won’t be able to bear the brunt of an impact in the face of a head-on collision. A faulty windshield also won’t be able to provide structural integrity to your car, leading to your car roof collapsing in the event of a rollover and causing you severe injuries.
Hence, for the safety of you and your loved ones, you must always pick professional solutions for your windshield damage.
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