Let me guess? You’re driving along the road, listening to a good song, dreaming about that warm beach in Mexico when all of a sudden… BANG! A rock just smacked your windshield and left a nice windshield chip for you stare at on your drive home.
Here are a few of my windshield chip tips for when you get a chip in your windshield.
First, wipe the damaged area with a dry towel or cloth. Next, put some clear tape over top of the chip. This will help prevent dirt, dust and moisture from entering inside the damaged area, which will lead to a more effective repair. This is only a temporary solution until you have the time to have your windshield repaired. Do not assume that your chip will not get worse. It’s not a matter of IF but WHEN your windshield chip spreads out.
Prolonging the repair will only cost you more time and money in the long run.
If you can, take it to a windshield repair shop immediately or have a mobile service technician come to you. As much as those windshield repair kits (DIY kits) do a great job, I would only recommend the use of these kits in a dire emergency. A professional with the proper equipment, tools and expertise will always do a better job than a cheap DIY kit. (You get what you pay for, in my opinion.)
If you can’t get the chip repaired right away, do your very best to drive the vehicle less. This causes less vibrations in the windshield. Avoid hitting potholes, speed bumps, curbs or anything else that could cause pressure on the chip to spread out. Avoid car washes and high-pressure power washers until you have the windshield chip repaired.
Avoid parking directly in the sunlight for long periods of time. Do NOT, I repeat DO NOT use the a/c in the summer or the windshield defrost in the winter, when you have a windshield chip. Sudden changes in temperature will put strain on the chip and will typically lead to a crack out across your windshield. Do your best to resist from slamming the doors, trunks, hatchs, hood, etc; as this can also lead to chips spreading out.
If you’re in need of a windshield chip repair in the Edmonton and the surrounding area, please do not hesistate to contact my mobile windshield repair business, Dynamo Windshield Repair. http://dynamorepair.ca/
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact me directly.
All the best,