Phew! Today was another busy Saturday of repairing rock chips.
I started my day on the south side of Edmonton. Next, I was up on the north side of the city for a few repairs. Then back on the south side for a few more appointments. And I finished my day with a couple repairs at the Ikea at South Common. To say it was busy is an understatement.
It’s slowly starting to warm up in Edmonton, so once the snow melts, the rocks start to fly. Which is always great news for my business! 😉
One customer today got a rock chip this morning on the heated windshield of his Range Rover. Now, those are expensive windshields to replace. Thankfully, I was able to squeeze him in between a couple appointments this afternoon.
Once I arrived, I saw the chip immediately. It was a small combination chip with a couple nasty legs already sticking out from the impact point. If this chip wasn’t fixed as soon as possible, it definitely would have spread out in the next few days.
I started with some light flexing of the chip and the radials. Next, I grabbed my drill and cleaned out the crushed glass inside the impact point. I placed the windshield repair bridge over top of the chip and dropped a few drops of resin into the injector. I placed the plunger in a pressure cycle and watched the resin slowly shoot itself into the chip and cracks.
I left the plunger in a pressure cycle for about 5 minutes. Next, I pulled the injector up into a vacuum cycle to starting sucking out the air trapped in the break. I left the vacuum cycle up for about 5 minutes. Then I put the plunger back into a pressure cycle for about 25 minutes. I flexed through the injector a few times as well. I flexed the legs to ensure the resin was reaching all of the break.
After the chip was done filling, I grabbed my pit resin and plastic tab. I dropped a few drops of the pit resin over top of the impact point. I grabbed the UV lamp and placed it over top of the rock chip to cure the resin for about 2-4 minutes. Then I grabbed my razor blade and shaved off the excess resin. Next, I grabbed some pit polish and cleaned up the impact point. I cleaned off the windshield and the chip was good to go!
I let the customer know that I was all done. When he came out to look at the rock chip, we could barely find the chip. Always a good sign! I reassured the customer that the scar will still be there but now he doesn’t need to worry about it spreading out. He seemed very happy and said he will refer me to his friends and family. Music to my ears! I gave him a business card and a couple ‘fix me’ stickers before exchanging goodbyes.
I grabbed my gear and made my way to my next appointment. It was already 5:00pm and I still had 2 more appointments left for the day. Oh well, I am not complaining!
If you missed yesterday’s blog post, you can catch up here.
All the best!
– Zach Rodgers
Owner @ Dynamo Windshield Repair