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If you have minor chips and cracks on your vehicle’s windshield, but they are not significant enough to warrant a complete replacement windshield, then you may be interested to know that these minor damages can often be repaired simply and with minimal expense. Chips and cracks on a vehicle’s windshield are not only annoying, but they are potentially hazardous as well. If left untreated these minor inconveniences can quickly result in major damages—potentially harming you and your passengers. To avoid these risks it is important to repair any and all minor chips and cracks on your windshield as soon as possible. 


To learn about the various methods available to repair chips and cracks on a windshield, please refer to the guide below:


Option 1: Use a Windshield Repair Kit

There are many windshield repair kits on the market today, many of which are a good option if you don’t mind spending a little extra for reliability and peace of mind. These kits are designed specifically to mend and repair minor chips and cracks on glass, and are usually cheaper than having your windshield repaired professionally. Rain-X offers a highly rated window repair kit that is marketed to fix chips no larger than an inch in diameter, and cracks no longer than 12 inches. Every kit will have different instructions and procedures. If you go with this option, ensure that you follow the instructions provided with your specific repair kit.


Option 2: Use Isopropyl Alcohol and Super Glue

If you still want to try and save a little money (as some repair kits are still quite expensive), then you’ll be happy to know that you can use a few common household items to a similar effect as you can a repair kit. To accomplish this you will need: Isopropyl alcohol, super glue, a hairdryer (optional but this will seriously reduce drying times), scraper or razorblade, glass cleaner and a soft or microfiber cloth. 


Step 1: Thoroughly clean your windshield with glass cleaner. Ensure that you dry your windshield thoroughly before proceeding to the next steps.


Step 2: Pour a small amount of alcohol into the chip, then use the hairdryer to dry the inside of the chip thoroughly (you will need to hold the hairdryer over the area for about a minute).


Step 3: Now, use a small amount of glue to fill the chip. Fill the chip until it is completely filled, then allow the glue to dry for a few seconds.


Step 4: Finally, take your scraper or razor blade and gently scrape over the newly filled chip, removing any excess or spilled glue.


For more information regarding DIY windshield repair, or if you would like to schedule a consultation for a professional windshield repair or replacement, contact our team at Fast Glass today! We will be happy to assist you with any and all of your questions and concerns regarding windshield repair and replacement.