How to Repair Your Own Windshield With Some Quick DIY Tips
If the windshield repairs are not major, it is something that you can do by yourself but make sure to take it to the professionals if it is major. There are several things that you need to do to ensure that the repairs are effective and they are briefly highlighted below.
To be able to repair your windshield when it is cracked, you need to buy a windshield repair kit. The windshield kits can be obtained an auto shop or online stores and come in handy to deal with various repairs. It is easy to get one that costs 10 dollars or slightly more depending on what you are looking for.
Make sure that the windshield is dry and that the surface that you are working on is not too cold or too hot. To ensure that you are working on an ideal surface, you may want to put your car in the garage while you work on it or use a cover on top of the windshield. The windshield needs to be completely dry so that you do not have water going into the cracks and you can do this by using a hair dryer or letting all the water evaporate before you work on it.
In instances where you need to clean out your windshield, it is important that you do not use detergents or window cleaners to clean them. Instead, use acetone or lighter fluids to clean the dirty surface and make sure that they are dry. Make sure that you do not use too much of the fluid so that it drips down the glass and ends up damaging the paint of your car when it touches it.
Once the surface is ideal for you to be able to work on, you can now use your kit. While the contents of the kit are likely to differ, they will in most cases contain an adhesive,syringe and an applicator. The first step is taking the adhesive strip and to apply it on the clean dry glass over the chip or crack.
Attach the syringe to the applicator and use it to suck any air. In most cases, the air will rise to fill the vacuum of the crack and it is important that any air is sucked out. When you are sucking the air out, the adhesive will be filling in the cracks and do this several times until the space is completely filled.
Make sure that when the adhesive is dry, you shave out any bubble that rises above the glass. In the long run, the adhesive will ensure that the crack is prevented from spreading and getting worse. By making sure that you do this, the structural integrity of the windshield will be maintained.