When it comes to windshield chips and cracks, repairing such is essential to you and your car’s safety. A faulty windshield can be quite dangerous, but sometimes prompt repairs by a professional aren’t always possible. Fortunately, some minor chips and cracks in your windshield may be able to be taken care of on your own. In performing DIY windshield chip repair, however, car owners must be certain the windshield doesn’t need replacing or repair by a professional.
At Auto Glass Specialists in Utah, we strive to ensure fellow Salt Lake County drivers are safe on the road. With this, informing nearby residents about the importance of rock chip repair is a key focus of ours. Windshield chips can pose a threat to you as well as others on the road, so take a moment to find out how you can repair your windshield when possible and when you should take to a professional for repair or replacement.
Is At-Home Repair Possible for Your Car?
While DIY windshield chip repair is indeed a viable option, it’s not always the safest way to repair your windshield. Only in certain circumstances should you fix a rock chip on your own. If a rock chip has already begun to spread, often referred to as spidering, the windshield is past at-home repair and will need the work of a professional. In determining whether or not you can fix the windshield yourself, consider the following:
- If a rock chip is smaller than the size of a quarter, you should be able to fix it with your own store-bought kit.
- A crack under two-inches long can be repaired at home.
- Cracks longer than two inches must be repaired by a professional. Large cracks will compromise the safety and strength of the windshield.
- Spidered cracks absolutely need to be addressed by a professional and will most often call for an entire replacement.
Other types of chips or cracks that can be fixed on your own, so long as the size remains small, are craters, horseshoes, stars, and bullseyes—each named by their appearance. In repairing cracks on your own, you can purchase a DIY kit at your local auto shop, though assistance may be a good idea. While these types of chips and cracks can be done by yourself at home, it’s always recommended you contact a professional to ensure these don’t need a more in-depth repair.
DIY Windshield Chip Repair: Potential Dangers
Keep in mind, once you perform your own rock chip repair it cannot be undone. So, if you do decide to repair a chip yourself and you do a poor job, a professional can’t correct the issue. Once the resin dries, the windshield will need to be replaced. Additionally, DIY kits you find in auto parts stores are a one-size-fits-all deal. The resins used aren’t of the highest quality and they lack professional equipment used for proper repairs. On top of it all, only a trained and experienced professional knows the ins and outs of chip repair, including how much pressure to apply and how to fix each type of chip or crack.
Windshield Replacement: A Job for the Pros
As Utah’s premier auto glass specialists, we feel it necessary to express our concerns over DIY windshield chip repair. A variety of cracks can indeed be repaired on your own, but an experienced professional will surely do a quality and effective job. Plus, auto insurance can often cover much of the costs.
If you need a crack repaired and are unsure if you can do it yourself, give the Auto Glass Specialists in Utah a call today at 385.245.9989. You can also contact us here.