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DIY Windshield Repair Kits

Do It Yourself Repair Kits for Windshields – Do They Really Work?

Did you know that your windshield can bear over half of your vehicle’s weight in the event of a rollover?

That’s a major reason why it’s so important to ensure that your windshield is in good shape. Even the smallest imperfection can impact the integrity of the glass and the driver’s visibility. Driving with a cracked windshield is also illegal, even if it doesn’t reach the driver’s line of vision.

You’ve probably seen DIY windshield repair kits that claim to save you time and money… but do they really work?

DIY Repair Kits – A Temporary Fix At Best

When you’re truly in a jam and can’t get to Budget Glass, you can try a couple of stopgap measures. While they’ll temporarily keep the crack from spreading, it’s always best to have cracks and chips filled by a professional. These DIY kits also cannot repair a crack that’s larger than 1 inch around or deeper than the first layer of glass, so it’s really a vanity fix for small imperfections.

Here’s a review taken from Amazon.ca for a DIY repair kit from a popular name brand:

“Sadly, this works better on the internet than in real life. After seeing videos of how amazing products like this are, I was hopeful. I tried this on multiple windows. It did minimize the appearance of an ultrafine hairline crack. However, the regular sized cracks are still completely visible. I thought it was going to work as I did notice fluid going into the cracks, but they are still visible. After reading and following every direction to a “t” I was let down.

If you do choose to try this product, be careful of the shavings that come off while using the razorblade, they can stick to your car’s paint if you’re not careful. Wish I had put the money I spent towards a professional job.”

What’s the Difference Between a DIY Kit and Professional Glass Repair?

Let’s face it, the only reason anyone would consider fixing their own windshield is because it’s cheaper.  But is it really cheaper in the long run?

If you’re going to do a DIY repair on your windshield, you’re likely going to use one of the following methods: clear nail polish, crazy glue or you buy a kit with a resin filler. These methods, however, just don’t stand up to a professional windshield repair.

With the do-it-yourself method, there are a lot of ways the repair could go wrong. Maybe the instructions are not clear, maybe you don’t follow the instructions properly, maybe the resin isn’t of high enough quality, maybe it’s too cold or hot for the resin to set properly. At the end of the day, without the advice of a professional, you don’t even know if the repair is fixable in the first place!

Glass repair technicians use a very high-quality UV resin, and have the proper equipment and industry training to get the job done right.

The Windshield Protects the Driver and Passengers

Like we mentioned above (and this bears repeating) the windshield is designed to help sustain the structural integrity of the vehicle. It’s made of two sheets of glass bonded together by a sheet of plastic in the middle.

This structure is what makes the windshield able to stand up to shattering and why you see a spiderweb pattern form after a fender bender. This is also why rocks and other debris will chip the windshield, rather than breaking through. It’s never fun to hear that “ping!” sound as a rock hits your windshield, but you’ll be in good hands by bringing your vehicle to Budget Glass as soon as you can.

When to Seek a Professional Service for a Cracked Windshield

Ideally, you should bring your vehicle in to have the windshield repaired or replaced right after you notice a crack. When the crack in your windshield continues to grow larger than one inch around, the windshield will need to be replaced to prevent further damage. This is because cold and hot weather can easily change a hairline fracture into a full-on crack across the windshield. Windshield replacement is more involved than just having the layers of glass repaired, so it makes sense to have the repair done right away.

Great News! Windshield Repair or Replacement May Be Covered

Look at your insurance policy. Many private insurance companies cover rock chip repairs, just check with your provider. If you have comprehensive insurance coverage with ICBC, you may be able to have your repair done at no cost and with no deductible. Not to worry- windshield repair doesn’t affect your insurance premiums since it’s a no-fault incident. For complete details on eligibility, visit ICBC.ca.

Budget Glass Nanaimo is Your Local ICBC Certified Glass Repair Shop

Speaking of insurance, Budget Glass is an ICBC- approved Glass Repair Program Facility (ICBC Glass Express.) This means that we are recognized by the insurance provider as a top choice for windshield repair. It also means that we can process claims quickly and efficiently, since we invoice directly to ICBC.

We also offer a lifetime warranty on auto glass installation and guarantee your new windshield free of flaws and defects and provide a “no leak” guarantee for as long as you own your vehicle. If a flaw is noticed within 90 days of installation, we will replace the windshield for free.

My Windshield is Damaged, What Do I Do Now?

Drop on by our shop in Nanaimo, and our expert team will be able to determine whether your windshield can be repaired or if it will need to be replaced.

Windshield Repair

If your windshield needs a repair, you generally do not need an appointment and the rock chip repair
can be done in as little as 20-30 minutes. Repairs improve the appearance of the chip or crack by at least 80%, vastly increasing the safety of your vehicle. Our highly skilled glaziers will inject the high-quality adhesive into the pit, chip or crack.

*Note that the process isn’t perfect, and there’s always a chance that the crack may spread during or after repair. If this happens, replacement would be your only option.

Windshield Replacement

For windshield replacement, you’ll want to make an appointment first. After replacement, we recommend waiting at least 3 hours for drying time. The entire process will take 4 or more hours—especially if your vehicle needs to be recalibrated. After replacement, be sure to wait at least 24 hours before going through a car wash. The new windshield could have a hard time standing up to water at higher pressure. Hand washing is okay during the first 24-hour period.

At Budget Glass, our happy customers have trusted us for their home, commercial and auto glass needs for over 35 years. We love glass, and we’re committed to providing the best quality products and service for you and your vehicle! If your windshield needs a makeover, come and see us at our Nanaimo shop, or make an appointment with our helpful service staff today.

03 Jan 2018
de-frost-windshield

Three Ways to De-Ice Your Windshield – and Fast!

‘Tis the season of frosty mornings and frozen windshields, which when in a hurry can put a huge damper on the start to your day. But fear not, Budget Glass is here with three handy and quick ways to de-ice your windshield this winter season.

Homemade De-Icer Spray

  • Water & Salt. Pour water into a spray bottle with a scoop or two of salt.
  • Water & Rubbing Alcohol. Fill up a spray bottle with two parts rubbing alcohol and one part tap water.

Both of these options will lower the freezing point of water. When sprayed on your windshield, they will quickly and effectively melt the ice. Make sure to store your de-icing spray at room temperature between uses (not in the trunk of your car).

De-Fog windows from the inside

  • Once you’ve removed the frost from the outside of your windshield, your windows might start fogging up from the inside. A handy trick is to keep a chalkboard eraser in your car. Use the eraser to wipe down the condensation on the inside of the windows.

Prevent overnight windshield frost before it starts

  • You know what’s better than standing out in the cold with your homemade de-ice spray to melting a frosted windshield? Not having to deal with frost at all! You can prevent or lessen the amount of overnight frost on your windshield by wiping the windows and windshield down with undiluted, white vinegar after you park your car for the night.

Schedule Auto Glass Services

Winter is the season of windshield chips and cracks. With fluctuating temperatures from day to night, the melting and expansion cause chips and cracks and makes existing ones even bigger.

Contact Budget Glass
We offer fast and reliable windshield repair and replacement services to have your car back to normal in no time!


Schedule an appointment today.

 

24 Aug 2017

Windshield Replacement vs Repair (Part 2)

Windshield Replacement: When it’s time for a replacement?

In Part 1 of our windshield series, we talked about chips and cracks that are repairable. For Part 2, we’re focusing on that pesky damage that doesn’t quite make the repair cut and warrants full windshield repair.

If your car has a chip or crack that meets the following criteria, stop what you’re doing and book an appointment to get your windshield replaced. There are a lot of risks to your safety as the structural integrity of your vehicle is at risk.

How do I know if I need a replacement a windshield replacement?

  • If your chip is over 3/8 of an inch or your crack exceeds 3 inches in length.
  • The chip/crack is in the driver’s direct line of sight.
  • The damaged area touches the edge of the windshield.

Benefits of Windshield Replacement:

Safety: Windshield replacement will drastically improve the safety of you and your passengers in the vehicle. In the event of an accident, especially rollovers, a large windshield crack could cause your roof to collapse and increase your risk of a fatal accident.

Improved Vision: Large cracks that span the entire windshield or ones that are located in the driver’s direct line of sight may distort your vision or create harsh reflections from the sun. Replacing windshields will eliminate all distortion and improve visibility.

Aesthetics: Sometimes you just want your car to look good and like new. If you’re one of those people, then a full windshield replacement is the right fit. A new windshield means no cracks and instead of the 80% aesthetic improvement like we mentioned in our windshield repair  segment, you will get 100% results.

Post-replacement Care

A full windshield replacement takes a bit more time and involves a few more precautions than a simple repair. Here is what to expect in the first 24-hours after your replacement:

  1. Wait at least 24 hours before going through a car wash. Water sources such as rain, moisture, and even hand washing are acceptable in the first 24-hour period.
  2. It’s important to wait for the windshield adhesive to cure before driving away. This time-frame will vary depending on the type of glue used, but in general it takes between one to two hours.
  3. Leave the retention tape on for at least 24 hours after the new windshield is installed.
  4. Air pressure in your vehicle may cause the adhesive to leak. Leakage can be prevented by rolling your windows down an inch or two in the first 24-hour period.
  5. Budget Glass 90 day guarantee. If you note any defect within the first 90 days of installation, we will replace it for you at no extra charge. A windshield replacement with Budget Glass also offers a “no leak” guarantee for as long as you own your vehicle.

Ready to book your windshield replacement? Click here to schedule an appointment.

 

14 Aug 2017

Windshield Repair vs. Replacement (Part 1)

Windshield Repair: When can you repair and what to expect?

Of all the glass you should be paying close attention to for safety, your windshields are up there with importance. You know that small chip that’s sitting on your windshield? Well, the longer you drive around with it (especially on highways) you are compromising the entire safety of your car and potentially costing you a lot more money. Our advice? Windshield Repair.

Windshield Repair

Repairing chips in your windshield before they grow too big will save you money and provide more safety when you’re on the road.

How do I know if I need a repair or replacement?

  • We treat each chip differently, but generally, chips under 3/8 of an inch and cracks less than 3 inches in length will qualify for repair.
  • The chip/crack must also not be in the driver’s direct line of sight.
  • The damaged area does not reach the edge of the windshield.

Benefits of Windshield Repair:

Economical: Repairs take less time and use fewer materials than a full replacement, which means they cost less.

Safety: Repairing chips means your car’s original factory seal stays in tact.

Convenience: Repairs can typically be accomplished under one hour, while a replacement can take upwards of 3. There is also less aftercare required.

Eco-friendly: The number of windshields tossed into landfills each year is in the millions. You can do your part and keep your windshield out of the landfill by getting repairs done early.

Post-Repair Care

  1. Windshield repairs require less maintenance once completed. Repairs are made by injecting resin into the damaged area. The curing time is minimal and we are able to polish and clean in a timely manner. When you come to pick up your car, the windshield will be good to go with no additional upkeep required.
  2. Even a perfect windshield repair job will not make the chip completely disappear. Repairs improve the appearance of the chips by 80% but offers 100% safety and prevent the damage from spreading further.

Time is of the essence. If you have been staring at a chip in your windshield for months now, save yourself some time, money, and improve your car’s safety by getting it repaired before it’s too late.

Book your windshield appointment today.

Stay tuned for Part 2.