Well Happy Monday! It was another busy day for Dynamo Windshield Repair. There’s no shortage of rocks on the streets of Edmonton, that’s for sure. 😉
My day started off down in Beaumont, then up on the west side of Edmonton, there was another appointment up in St. Albert and then a couple more appointments down in the south. It was fairly steady all day today. And it’s slowly warming up in Edmonton so it’ll only get busier with the amount of rocks on the road.
One customer today had some seriously bad luck with her brand new Jaguar. She had used my service a couple years ago on a different vehicle. Unfortunately, she just got a rock chip that had spread into a crack rather quickly.
Now, I don’t usually offer crack repairs or crack stops but this was an expensive windshield and a returning customer. I told the customer that I can try my best to stop it from spreading but I just can’t guarantee it will work. She said she wanted to give it a try.
Once I arrived, I took a look at the initial rock chip and the crack that had spread out. The crack looked relatively fresh. She said that she heard something hit her windshield a couple days ago but couldn’t see anything. The chip was on the bottom driver’s side in the black frit, so it would have been hard to see unless you knew what to look for.
I explained the windshield crack repair process to the customer and what needed to be done to try and minimize the risk of the crack continuing to spread out. I didn’t measure the crack but it was roughly 10-12 inches long from the initial break. The crack was slowly crawling up into the driver’s line of sight, which is never good.
I got to work right away. I drilled the impact point and started to fill the initial rock chip with my windshield repair bridge. Now, because it’s a chip with a crack that has spread out, I left the windshield repair bridge on for the whole repair. I left the plunger in a pressure cycle so it would continuously force resin into the crack while I worked on it.
I also drilled and popped a hole at the very end of the crack. This helps give me a spot for where to inject the resin into to hopefully stop it from spreading out any further. I put a windshield repair bridge over top of the new break and injected some resin inside the new hole. I left this injector on a pressure cycle as well.
Next, I grabbed a Q-Tip and dipped it in resin. Then I slowly dabbed resin over top of the crack while putting a plastic tab over top of the resin and crack every inch or two. I slowly worked my way up the crack, dabbing my resin drenched Q-Tip over top and placing a plastic tab on top after it was filled. I did this all the way up the crack until I got to the drill hole that I had made at the end of the crack. Once I had most of the crack filled with resin on the outside, I began curing the resin with my UV lamp.
I started at the bottom of the crack where the initial impact point was. I left each increment cure for about 2-3 minutes before moving up an inch or two each time. I eventually got all the resin cured, up to the second break where I drilled the hole. I then put some pit resin over top of that hole and cured the resin inside and on top of the break.
After all the resin was cured, I began shaving off the excess resin with my razor blade. The crack was fairly long so there was a lot of resin that needed to be scraped off. After that, I grabbed my pit polish and began cleaning up the impact point and the hole that I made, along with the rest of the crack.
I then cleaned up the windshield and put away all my stuff. From start to finish, it took just under an hour and a half to repair the crack. I let the customer know that she was good to go. I explained to her about the possibility of the crack reopening itself, starting a new crack or spreading past the drill point. I told her to let me know if any of those things happen, and I will gladly come back and try to fill the crack in.
For the most part, everything filled in great. There were a few patches in the crack that were contaminated with either water or dirt. Not her fault though, she called me as soon as she saw the crack so it could have been much, much worse by tomorrow.
I gave her a couple stickers and my business card. We exchanged goodbyes and I made my way to my next appointment. Thankfully, the next repair was just one chip!
If you missed yesterday’s blog post, you can catch up here.
All the best!
– Zach Rodgers
Owner @ Dynamo Windshield Repair