The issue of dealing with a crack in your windshield always seem like a very little problem until it becomes a big crack that requires urgent repairs. The smallest pebble can make a chip on your car windshield, but this chip can develop into a large crack if left unrepaired.
Generally called flowers, bull’s eye or star sand; most chips on your windshield can be easily repaired. Though some grow into massive cracks that call for professional auto glass repair or replacement. All shallow-angled chips can be easily repaired, but with other types of chips, the case is a bit different.
The moment cracks start coming from the chip on your windshield, repairing it becomes much more difficult. This is what is often referred to as spider crack due to its ability to spread out to other parts of the windshield from the point where it occurred. This further makes your windshield very unstable with larger spider-web cracks to deal with.
The first step you must take when it comes to repairing your windshield is to figure out whether the damage is a reparable one or not. Most times, repairs can be done without much difficulties, but the only backdrop is a reduction in the translucency of the repaired windshield, though this does not really impair the driver’s ability to see the road ahead. Another important factor that should come to mind when deciding between a repair and a replacement is cosmetic factors.
When you decide to go with repairs, the first step you must take is to clean and prepare the surface area. Technicians clean out the affected area on purpose in a bid to get rid of all hanging and haphazard shards. The next step after the cleaning is to drill a hole to create room for the insertion of the resin. This second process is known as tapping and ultimately fixes the windshield. These technicians remove all air in the chip using a vacuum.
Fixing the problem requires the use of a resin; but different types of resins are used in windshield replacement and repairs. Resins with much lower strength is used for repairs, while those with much stronger strength are used for replacement purposes. This is on the basis that, during repairs, it takes a very versatile resin to enter every little space the crack made on the windshield to get the problem perfectly solved.
Before using resin, creating a tip for the crack is of utmost importance. The point where technicians pour in resin to get the crack repaired is the tip. The technician continues filling the spaces in all cracks until the inserting process is over. After this stage, the next stage is the curing stage.
To get the resin cured, a curing light is needed. With the right curing light, the entire process takes a very short time and the car owner can proceed with his journey in no time at all. There may be need to cure more than just a layer of the resin, but this will depend on how severe the chip and the attendant crack is.
Bonding the damaged windshield back in one piece is the whole aim of the entire processes. The solidification of the resin provides a perfect cost-effective remedy for the driver whose windshield sustained a minor chip. Windshield repair is quite fast and budget-friendly as it helps the driver save on the huge cost of getting a whole windshield replacement.
If you ever need a windshield replacement in Charlotte, North Carolina or any of its surrounding areas, you can always rely on the professional services of Wilson and Tucker for the most efficient and most professional solutions. For over four decades, we have been delivering excellent auto windshield repairs and replacements in Charlotte and all its surrounding towns. One of the factors that has established Wilson and Tucker as the most reliable and affordable auto glass company is the speed of our responses and service deliveries during emergency situations anywhere in North Carolina.