Introduction: Repair a Wind Shield for $10
I think that this is a problem that happens to everyone who drives at some point in their life. The car in front of you kicks up a pebble and it chips your wind shield.
Depending on the age of your vehicle, you way want to have a pro come out and fix it. I read that the average repair is $75 for a small chip so it really isn't that bad.
However, this vehicle is 8 years old with 150,000 miles and a transmission that is going out. I just don't care much about it. It will either be traded or handed to one of my kids for their first vehicle (assuming it lasts that long). I've seen these kits in the past and have experience with UV curing glues so I thought that I would give it a try.
The glue being used cures in ultra violet light. So, don't try to perform this out in the sun because your glue may cure before it gets in the hole.
Wind shield repair kit - get the one with the four legged suction thing used for injecting
Step 1: Get a Repair Kit
Inside, you will fined a four-legged injector kit, glue, and some plastic film.
Step 2: Clean Your Wind Shield
A fairly straightforward process. You can also use 91% rubbing alcohol. Use an Exacto knife or razor blade to pick out any loose pieces.
Step 3: Line Up the Injector
This is the most difficult part. The injector needs to be lined up directly over the hole. That may or may not be the center of the chip. You want to be over the impact point.
Push down on the suction cups to secure them in place.
Step 4: Inject Your Glue
Screw the injecting tube into the tool. It needs to be touching the window and slightly pulling up on the suction tool.
Drop 5-10 drops of glue into the tube. Screw the plunger into the injection tube. Screw the entire unit out and check the crack. If it is filled, you can remove the entire tool. If it is not, repeat the injection process.
Step 5: Fill the Surface Impact
Once you have filled the crack, you need to fill the surface impact. To do this, put a few more drops of glue into the impact and piece one of the pieces of film over the hole.
Then, back your car out into the sun. Leave it there for 30 minutes.
Once the glue has hardened, remove the film and use the razor blade to remove the excess glue left on the surface.
Step 6: Finish
This $10 kit isn't perfect. But, instead of a big black mark on my window, it looks more like a smudge. It's far less distracting while driving and that's what is important to me.