Nobody likes having to deal with the inconvenience of small automotive issues such as automotive windshield repair, and sometimes such little fix-its can add up to a big repair bill. But if you have a little bit of time and want to save some cash, automotive windshield repair can be an easy DIY fix. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
The most important thing to do before you start any project fixing glass is to make sure that the surface is clean. For this job stay away from ammonia-based cleaners and go with a product that is alcohol-based. Use a soft terry cloth to wipe dry and check to make sure the scratch or chip is debris-free.
For scratches, a simple 1:1:1 mixture of 2 Tablespoons of glycerin, jeweler’s rouge and water can be used. These ingredients must be mixed well, and once mixed, applied to the scratched area. Make sure that the solution is filling the crack, but be careful to not press against the surface or you may make the crack worse. The area will cure in about 30 seconds. For deeper cracks, you may have to repeat the process.
For chips in your windshield, the process is similar, but will require a different approach. You will need to purchase a chip repair kit, which can be found at most automotive stores and big general merchandisers for around $15 to $20. Usually, these repair kits contain suction cups and small jigs along with the resin to keep the glass flat. Instructions are included with most kits to take out any guesswork.
Water spots occur when the minerals are left over from water being on your windshield or even your paint. The easiest way to prevent this is to wipe your car dry when it has been wet. However, if you have let those spots build up on your windshield, you can polish them off. Auto glass can polish just like paint. You can apply it by hand or use a buffer, but don’t use pressure as you apply the polish. When the polish starts to dry, stop polishing and buff away the residue with a microfiber towel.
Know When to Take It to a Pro
Minor nicks, cracks, chips and abrasions are pretty easy for most people to fix, but if what you’re dealing with are major cracks, stars, spiders or huge chunks missing from your windshield, don’t waste your time and money only to make the situation worse. Take your car to an automotive windshield repair specialist in your area that you can trust to do the job right.