When driving your car or truck to work, the grocery store, or visiting friends and family, something may have occurred that caused damage to the windshield. A rock, trash or something from behind another vehicle might have hit it and caused cracks that may get larger over time – this could obstruct vision for both drivers and passengers and should be treated immediately before it worsens further. Cracked windshields can severely hinder your view of the road and lead to further problems.
Windshields are essential safety features, protecting passengers from accidents by keeping airbags from improperly deploying. Therefore, any chips or cracks must be repaired quickly before they worsen into full-fledged cracks that need more extensive repairs to return the vehicle to normal driving condition.
Small cracks and chips can quickly multiply into spiderwebs of cracks that obscure your view, while large ones pose an imminent danger if something strikes the windshield during an impact or vehicle crash. Luckily, professional windshield repairs are affordable and straightforward – providing peace of mind to drivers everywhere.
Windshield chip repair kits typically contain an epoxy resin designed to fill, seal and stabilize minor damage measuring one inch or less in diameter. While these products are effective, waiting too long may allow dirt or contaminants to work their way into microscopic cracks near the chip and compromise its adhesion – further increasing break or crack severity or hindering successful epoxy adhesion.
Luckily, replacing one is relatively inexpensive and quick at an auto service center. In order to prevent cracks from widening further and possibly avoid an insurance claim or costly replacement windshield replacement costs, you should take immediate steps to repair rock chips on your car as soon as they appear. If time is tight and you can’t make it into the shop immediately, these No-Nonsense Windshield Fixes may help stop further expansion until you are available to do so.
Clear nail polish may not seem like it would work as an effective windshield crack repair strategy, but professional windshield installers swear by its use to stop spreading cracks in windshields. Simply clean around and around the crack before applying a liberal coating of clear nail polish over it to help seal out cold air and wind that cause cracking – providing temporary solutions until more permanent solutions can be found at a shop nearby.
Standard cyanoacrylate glue, commonly referred to as “Superglue,” can also be an inexpensive and reliable solution for keeping a cracked windshield from worsening.
Many professional windshield repair businesses recommend applying transparent super glue temporarily to cover cracks in windshields. When dry, visit a shop immediately for professional repairs to be carried out as quickly as possible.
Though we recommend scheduling an appointment with a professional glass repair or replacement company as soon as you notice a crack in your windshield, it is still essential that you do whatever possible to minimize its damage before this occurs – using clear tape may help.
Many people live paycheck-to-paycheck, meaning they have no extra funds available for professional car repair or replacing their windshield. As a result, windshield repair takes second place to paying utility bills, buying food and clothing items or fueling their vehicles which explains why so many vehicles drive around with broken parts covered with duct tape. Thankfully, however, temporary windshield repairs can often be completed quickly with just some common sense and knowledge of simple repair methods.