Well, it’s been a few days since my last post. I took a day off last Friday. An old friend from Nova Scotia was in town. And it was snowing out. Seemed like the perfect time to take a day off.
Then this past weekend was busy. And there were a couple late night windshield repairs – more on that later. So I missed a few days.
Today it’s back to the normal routine. So, happy Monday!
It was fairly steady today. Extremely windy outside though. Brr. Spring can’t come soon enough.
My first customer today got a rock chip just a few days after her last appointment, which was only a few weeks ago. Then on her way back from Calgary to Edmonton this weekend, she got another chip! What are they odds, eh?
Anyhow, they were both small chips that wouldn’t cause me too many problems.
I flexed the chips to see if there was any play in the glass. Thankfully, she put my ‘fix me’ stickers over top as soon as they happened. That helps keep out any moisture and dirt, making my job much easier.
I opened up the impact points with my Dremel drill and cleaned out all the crushed glass.
Next, I placed my windshield repair bridge over top of the breaks and dropped a few drops of resin into the injector. Both chips started to fill in right away. Great sign!
I left them on pressure cycles for about 3-4 minutes. Then I pulled the injectors into a vacuum cycle for about another 4 minutes.
After that, I put the injectors back into a pressure cycle and let my machines do their work. Both rock chips were filling in great.
I inspected the rest of her windshield to see if there were any other chips. Couldn’t find anything else. The ones I had repaired a few weeks prior were still looking good as well.
After about 20 minutes, I pulled off the bridges and placed pit resin over top of the breaks with the plastic tabs. I grabbed my UV lamps and let the resins cure for about 2-4 minutes.
Next, I grabbed my razor blade and shaved off the excess resin. I cleaned up the windshield and let the customer know she was good to go. She seemed pleased with the results and we chit chatted for a little bit.
Then I grabbed my stuff and made my way to my next appointment in Bonnie Doon.
So yeah, back to those late night appointments from this weekend…
I get a text from one of my regular customers late Saturday night, right before I was heading to bed. He drives A LOT for his business. He had a chip in his Mercedes’ windshield that he wanted to get repaired before he had to leave for a long road trip to Orlando, Florida for work. The thing is. He was leaving in 6 hours! And it was already 10:30pm when I got his text.
But sometimes, I just feel like helping out. I made my way to my customers house. I didn’t get there until 11:30pm. We started chit chatting while I got started with the windshield repairs. Turns out there was a few other rock chips that he didn’t notice. No worries – I took care of those too!
After working and chatting with the customer, I was all wrapped up at about 12:30am. Safe to say, that’s the latest I’ve ever done a windshield repair.
The customer was extremely grateful though and tipped me well.
Now. The funny thing is…
The next evening, I get a text from another regular customer with a chip/crack on his Range Rover’s windshield. I’m usually done working by 5:00pm on Sundays. But he wasn’t going to be back in Edmonton until about 8:00pm.
I knew that if we didn’t address this windshield chip right away, there might not be anything left to repair the next day.
Haha, so once again. I went out for another late night windshield repair. No problem though. The customer was grateful I was able to help out on such short notice. We got the crack filled in right away and prevented it from spreading any further.
All that to say, sometimes windshield chips happen when you least expect it. Now, I’m not usually open that late at night. But, if you’re a regular customer of mine and you just so happen to find yourself with a rock chip late at night, I may just come to your rescue! 😉
If you missed the March 3rd blog post, you can catch up here.
All the best!
– Zach Rodgers
Owner @ Dynamo Windshield Repair