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The Basics of Windshield Chip Repair

Last updated 6 years ago

Repairing a windshield is a process that is far from simple, and getting it right requires the right knowledge and experience. Multiple steps are necessary for cracked windshields and large damages, but a small chip is slightly less complex. Let’s take a look at how the experts can fix a small chip quickly and for less than you might think:

  1. Cleaning the Area- A master windshield repair specialist will first clean all of the debris from the area of the chip, using a fine edge like a razor blade to remove any particles of road grit and dust. In addition, if a piece of glass is loose, then the repair specialist will remove it from the site until the chip is one single hole.
  2. Applying the Resin- The true art of windshield repair comes into play when applying the resin. The technician will insert a plunger into the divot and inject the resin into its cavity. For a “like-new” repair, the technician will thin out the resin from the divot using a sharp edge, blending it with the existing glass. The smooth finish of the bonding resin makes a professional repair invisible to the untrained eye. Finally, the technician will apply a finishing film over the filled chip.
  3. Smoothing the Area- After the resin cures for the allotted amount of time, the technician will remove the film and look for imperfections. Usually, a good blend with the windshield makes bumps or flakes invisible, but should a technician come across one, he can use a polishing tool or blade to remove the noticeable sections of the repair. Feel free to clean your glass once the resin has bonded for a streak-free shine.

Oakland’s number-one choice for auto glass repair is Glass on the Move. We’ve won accolades for our quality and service during our thirty years in the business. Call us at (510) 338-4791 for additional information regarding our service and expertise.



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