Ouuwee! It was another busy day today for Dynamo. I know I say that almost everyday but it’s true! There’s so many rocks hitting windshields at this time of year in Edmonton. It just never ends! Good for my business though. 😉
Anyhow, my day started off on the south side of Edmonton. I stayed in the south side for a few appointments before making my way to the north side for a few more windshield repairs. I finished my day on the south side before finally heading home.
There were a couple of returning customers today, which is always nice. One returning customer got smacked by a rock yesterday. It wasn’t the worst rock chip I’ve seen, but it definitely did some damage. Thankfully, she booked an appointment online right away for today.
When I got to her house, I spotted the rock chip right away. It was a nasty combination chip on the bottom driver’s side of the windshield. It was about the size of a nickel. I let the customer know that it was going to leave an ugly scar but it’s good to repair it now before it gets any worse. She agreed!
I got started with my usual windshield repair process. I flexed the legs and the impact point of the rock chip. I could tell that it was fresh and there was some play with the glass while flexing. I drilled into the impact point to clean up the crushed glass. Next, I grabbed my windshield repair bridge and placed it over top of the break. I dropped a few drops of resin into the injector and placed the plunger into a pressure cycle.
The resin flowed into the rock chip right away. I could tell that this combination chip was going to take some extra resin and some extra flexing to ensure it was filled correctly. I left the machine in a pressure cycle for at least 5 minutes. I then pulled the plunger up into a vacuum cycle to pull out all the air that was trapped inside the windshield. I left the machine in a vacuum cycle for about 5 minutes as well. I then added a few more drops of resin and placed the plunger back into a pressure cycle.
I flexed lightly around the chip with my pen and flexed through the injector. I alternated between pressure and vacuum cycles a few times as well. Taking your time when it comes to bigger chips like this is always key.
After about 40 minutes, I could tell that the rock chip was all filled in with resin. I grabbed my thicker pit resin, a plastic tab and my UV lamp. I put some pit resin on the break and placed the plastic tab over top. I turned on the UV lamp and let it cure the resins for about 2 minutes.
Once all the resin was cured, I scraped off the excess resin from the rock chip. I polished up the impact point with some pit polish and a wine cork. I then cleaned up the rest of the windshield and put away all my tools. I let the customer know that she was all good to go. She seemed happy to have been able to book an appointment for the next day. I assured her that know she will not need to worry about the windshield chip spreading out now.
We exchanged goodbyes, I left a couple ‘fix me’ stickers in her vehicle and I made my way to my next appointment. Only 4 more appointments to go, lol. Time for some tunes and a quick snack. Take care!
If you missed yesterday’s blog post, you can catch up here.
All the best!
– Zach Rodgers
Owner @ Dynamo Windshield Repair