Your car's windshield is a vital structural element that not only provides some support but also serves as a barrier to help keep wind out of the passenger area. In most cases, you'll want to replace a windshield that's damaged, but there are some cases where you can just repair it. In fact, if the damage is just a minor scratch, you can probably do the repair on your own. Here are four tools you'll want to have on hand before you get started, though.
Primer and Pre-Treatment Tools
If you want your repair to last, you'll need to start with a surface that's ready to be patched. This begins with a windshield surface that's clean, dry and prepped with material to encourage resin adhesion. Once you've cleaned the windshield completely, you'll want to treat it with a primer and then apply a layer of an epoxy prep solution. The primer prepares the glass while the epoxy prep solution helps ensure that the resin sticks.
Windshield Glass Repair Kit
Windshield glass repair kits are great tools for shallow scratches. These kits typically include a cerium oxide rubbing compound that will both fill and seal the surface of windshield scratches. If you're trying to keep a scratch from spreading on the surface of your windshield, this is a great way to go. Since the compound fills the gap left by the scratch, it also helps to restore the structural support of the glass.
Repair resin is another vital component of windshield repairs. The windshield resin has vital adhesive components that will help to seal the surface of the windshield. To get the right one, you need to consider both the glass and the damage. Your dealer or auto parts specialist can help you determine which resin is right for the type of glass your car has.
Once you've narrowed down your resin choices by glass, it's time to think about the damage. Cracks and damage that feature a starburst pattern will need a resin with a low viscosity, because that will best fill the cracks. Long cracks will benefit from a resin with higher viscosity for better coverage.
When you visit a glass repair shop, you'll find that many of them use ultraviolet lights to help the resin dry and cure properly. If you want to be able to do the same, you can invest in a low-voltage UV light for small cracks and scratches or a higher voltage unit for more severe damage.
If you want to attempt your windshield glass repair on your own, it's important that you know what you're working with. The tools presented here will help you get the job done right the first time. For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact FB Glass or a similar company.
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