Reader Question How long of crack in my car windshield can be repaired? I have a pretty long jagged crack about 3 inches long..is that too long for the repair guys to work with or can they still do a good job of repairing the crack that long?

Paul,

Reno, NV

Cracks and chips may be of various types and may not respond in the same way to the treatment, therefore if you own a windshield repair kit and the crack is not responding to it do not be alarmed. Cracks and chips up to six inches can be repaired by a windshield repair kit, however the experts can repair cracks and chips up to twenty four inches.

A windshield repair can quickly and easily save you the expense of replacing the entire windshield. Cracked windshields can also let in moisture, which can cause hidden corrosive rust to form on the underlying steel and compromise the adhesive bond of the glass to the vehicle. What looks fine from the outside may be a disaster forming underneath.

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April 29th, 2008

Reader Question I am skeptical of these “Free rock chip windshield repair” places I see along the side of the road…is this a scam or for real?

Mira,

Dallas, TX

Windshield repair is here to stay. Windshield repair is very simple and can take thirty minutes or less depending on the damage. The chipped glass is cleaned and air is extracted. Windshield repair is often performed on various kinds of automobiles, airplanes, and trains.

Windshield repair is very simple and can take thirty minutes or less depending on the damage. The chipped glass is cleaned and air is extracted. Windshield repair is accomplished by injecting a bonding agent, referred to as resin, into the broken area.

This bonding agent then bonds the glass surfaces together inside the broken area and stops the cracking or breaking process. Windshield repair is a great alternative to a complete windshield replacement. However, it is important to know what your safest option is, which often changes on a case-by-case basis.

April 29th, 2008

Reader Question My car windshield was just cracked by a small rock or something that flew up from a big truck in front of me…I am pissed! Can all cracks be repaired or do some cracks require a new windshield to be installed? I want to go the cheapest route possible.

Kim,

St. Louis, Mo

Windshield repair is the more viable and economical option as compared to windshield replacement, which can be much more expensive. Keeping your automobile windshield from being damaged is very hard to do, however they can be easily repaired with a windshield repair kit.

Windshield repair is a great alternative to complete windshield replacement. However, only a competent technician will be able to tell you whether you need a replacement or a simple repair, you might want to try repairing it and see what happens…most repair jobs are less than $35.

April 29th, 2008

Reader Question How does one repair a cracked windshield anyway? I bought some repair kit at the auto parts store the other day but it did not work like it was advertised.

Donna,

Fort Myers, Florida

Windshield Repair is a process that utilizes modern technology to repair damaged windshield glass. Unlike windshield replacement, Windshield Repair preserves the integrity of the factory seal on the windshield, making it a more cost effective solution for your customers.

Windshield repair is a process that combines modern technology and skill to fill a damaged area on a windshield with special clear adhesive resin.

The resin is then cured with an ultraviolet light. Windshield repair is much cheaper than windshield replacement. You’ll save money – $55.00 for the 1st rock chip and $30.00 for each additional rock chip on the same windshield. I DO NOT however recommend those $10 repair kits you can buy at your local auto parts store, there are professional version of the kit you can order online but they obviously cost much more.

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Reader Question: I am interested in starting my own windshield repair business in the Houston Texas area, does anyone have any thoughts about this idea…silly or positive?

Sean,

Houston, TX

Windshield repair is a nice fit that can boost your bottom line appreciably. Ask someone in your industry how they’ve successfully implemented the service into their business and consider it for your own.

Windshield repair is very easy to learn if you have any experience using simple hand tools. The business is well-suited to both women and men. Windshield repair is a permanent fix and will restore the structural integrity of your windshield. Repairs can be done at our convenient location , or you can schedule a free mobile chip repair .

We implemented it in our repair shop a few years ago and it added about 12% to the bottom line the first year. Its easy to learn and in Houston…there are a lot of rock chipped windshields to repair!

April 29th, 2008