Happy Tuesday! Today was fairly steady. A tad chilly out but it was still a good day.
I started my day on the southside of Edmonton. I had a few appointments in the south before heading to the west end. And then I finished my day on the north side.
My first customer today got a rock chip on his way to work early this morning. He said he heard a loud bang but because it was still dark out, he couldn’t see anything.
Once getting to work, he noticed a perfect star break rock chip on the passenger side of his windshield. He found my company online and booked an appointment right away. Smart guy!
I grabbed my tool box and started my windshield repair process. I flexed the legs of the chip carefully, as to not spread them out any further. I could tell that all the legs were moving quite a bit. The chip looked very fresh so the resin should fill in perfectly.
After cleaning out the crushed glass with my Dremel drill, I placed my windshield repair bridge 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 slowly shot itself into the middle of the break and all the legs surrounding it. After about 4 minutes, I pulled the plunger up into a vacuum cycle. I could see the air slowly being sucked out of the break.
I left the bridge on a vacuum cycle for about 3 minutes before putting the plunger back into a pressure cycle. I then flexed through the injector a few times and flexed around the legs. Everything was filling in great.
I let the machine do its work for about 20 minutes. It was a little chilly outside. To keep the glass at the right temperature, I had the customer keep his vehicle running with the heat on halfway with minimal heat.
While waiting for the rock chip to fill, the customer and I chit chatted.
After the break was filled in, I grabbed my pit resin and placed a plastic tab over top of the impact point. I placed my UV lamp over the break and let the resins cure for about 2 minutes. Next, I shaved off the excess resin with my razor blade and polished up the pit with some polish.
I cleaned up the rest of the windshield. The customer seemed pleased with the finished look and was happy that he didn’t need to worry about the chip spreading out anymore. I gave him a business card and a couple ‘fix me’ stickers.
I packed up my stuff, we exchanged goodbyes and I made my way to my next appointment. All in a days work! 😉
If you missed yesterday’s blog post, you can catch up here.
All the best!
– Zach Rodgers
Owner @ Dynamo Windshield Repair