Often referred to as flowers, star sand or bulls-eyes; some chips in a windshield can be repaired. However, others wind up expanding into larger cracks that will inevitably need to be fixed. Shallow-angled chips can be repaired while others chips cannot.
Prior to having a cracked windshield that needs to be replaced, the problem often is much smaller in nature. Large cracks in a windshield generally start out as a small chip that could come from a tiny pebble hitting your windshield.
When a chip has cracks coming out of it, then it is usually unable to be repaired. This type of problem is referred to as a spider crack as it can branch out from the original location, forming additional cracks and issues with the stability of your windshield; often resembling a spiders web.
The first stage of windshield replacement is figuring out whether a windshield can be repaired. Repair is a feasible option, but could lead to some distortions of lighting, although it is not usually significant enough to affect a driver’s visibility. Cosmetic considerations can also be the deciding factor between repair or replacement.
When repair is selected, the surface area must be cleaned and prepped. Technicians will thoroughly clean the area with the purpose of removing any loose or random shards. Next, the tapping process begins in which drilling is required to create a place to insert the resin, which will ultimately fix the windshield. Technicians will also get rid of the air inside the chip with the use of a vacuum.
Resin will be used to fix the problem; but the resins used in windshield repair or replacement are different. Repairs use a lower-strength resin as opposed to the replacement process, which requires a stronger resin. This is because of the fact that in the repair process, resin needs to be versatile enough to get into all the little spaces created by the crack to completely fix the issue.
Before resin is used, there is the need to create a tip for the crack. The tip is basically the point where technicians insert resin to repair the crack. The technician will proceed to insert more of the resin and fill in the spaces within the crack. Once the insertion stage is finished, it is on to the curing phase.
To cure the resin, there is the need for a curing light. The appropriate curing light can finish the process rather quickly and have drivers on their way in very little time. More than one layer of resin may need to be cured, depending upon the severity of the chip and/or associated cracks.
The process actually works by bonding the cracked windshield back together. The resin solidifies and creates a cost-effective solution for drivers with a minor chip in their windshields. Windshield repair is a swift process and can save drivers a significant amount of money that can come with a complete windshield replacement.
When you are in need of windshield replacement in Charlotte, NC or the surrounding areas Wilson and Tucker can provide an efficient and affordable fix. For more than forty years, we have specialized in auto glass repair and replacement in and around the city of Charlotte. Our mobile service can come directly to you with the reliability and expertise that has made Wilson and Tucker one of the very best and very cheap auto glass replacement companies in North Carolina.