Saturday, September 6, 2008

How The Windshield Repair Turned Out

I did it. I tried out the windshield repair kit that I bought for $8 at the auto parts store. This is what it looked like to start with:

There were many steps to this process. I read the instructions a couple of times. I needed an hour to get through all of the steps and then I needed sunlight to cure the resin at the end of the process.

First I put on the sticker and base for the plunger, then the resin got squeezed in to the base and the plunger was attached.

I made it through all of the steps and then the sun went down. I checked on it later that night and it was still wet.

This yellow patch was supposed to help the UV light cure the resin. This morning I slept in late and the patch was stuck fast to the windshield.

After a mild panic, I was able to peel the patch off revealing a very ugly smeared mess. I was a little worried but the extra resin came off with a light scraping from a razor blade. The end result is pretty good. I would give it an 8 out of 10 for looks. I can still tell where the chip was but now it only looks like 2 small dots. Blends right in with the other bug splats.

The dots aren't that big in reality, they are just out of focus. I took 30 pictures trying to get a clear focus on the fixed crack. My camera just wouldn't focus on it. It was too small. I can't even see it in this picture:

The small cracks are visible if I look closely. Now, if the windshield doesn't crack for at least the next 6 months I think the kit will be worth the money.


Auto Glass Girl said...

Not too bad for a rookie, with sub standard equipment. But as always we highly recomend a qualified technician. Most insurance companys will pay for your repair. (except state farm)

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Lizzie @ her homeworld said...

I had never even heard of this as an option. Well done Rookie!

Daizy said...

It was kind of like a craft project. And I do have State Farm so no help from them.

Lucy said...

Looks pretty good!

Daizy said...

Thanks! I wonder if chip repair is only cosmetic or if there are any structural benefits. Guess I'll never know.