Need Assistance Figuring out Your Windshield Repair Needs?
Is it a Large Break or a Small Scratch?
If your window has a chip that looks like a bull's-eye, a B.B. chip or a flowered chip, then an epoxy resin may very well be an easy fast solution in order to save you money, which may either be performed by a repair technician or by yourself, from home, with a window repair kit.
Whenever you can run your fingernail across the crack and it doesn't get snagged, and when the chip is around 1-inch, then a lower viscosity window resin can be utilized in the repair process, which means if you're comfortable restoring your windshield yourself, an at home repair kit will be adequate.
For those who have spider web cracks or any surface damage larger than an inch, you'll most likely need to replace your entire window to prevent the glass from splintering more. If you're uncertain of your windshield repair needs, call Lithia Volkswagen of Des Moines at (866) 865-7209 and schedule an appointment to have our certified Volkswagen mechanics take a look.
What’s The Difference Between Epoxy Windshield Repair and Auto Glass Replacement Solutions?
Epoxy is a liquid bonding agent that seals cracks on your windshield. There are a variety of epoxies, ranging from 20 to 2400 cps - a measurement of viscosity. Epoxy resin repairs are non-permanent repairs and can leave behind subtle spots on your windshield. Auto glass replacement describes the complete replacement of your windshield. Full window replacement is more expensive than epoxy fixes due to labor costs and the expense of an entirely new, more sturdy, piece of glass.
For the Johnston Self-Repairer - Repair with Caution
It's recommended not to begin to fix your windshield yourself if you do not possess a lot of expertise working with the tools associated with changing windows or applying epoxy. The reason for caution is that you simply want to avoid forming any more damage to your windshield or to yourself, and you want to ensure that the repair method you choose is the appropriate repair.
Resins are graded in relation to viscosity. Lower viscosity - the kind usually obtained in at home repair kits - means the epoxy is thinner while higher viscosity resins have a thicker, commercial-grade epoxy. Commercial-grade epoxy resins additionally, the tools required to administer the resins typically are not sold in retail stores. At home windshield repair kits commonly really do not offer industrial quality epoxy resins, so this means retailer epoxy resins have a tendency to have a limited repair success.