February 26, 2022
Happy Saturday! Ouuweeee, was it a busy one out there today.
It’s slowly been warming up for the past few days in Edmonton. Now that the snow is melting, the rocks are flying!
Today started out with my first appointment out in Pinnacle Ridge Estates, just north of Edmonton. A couple chip repairs for a returning customer for two of their vehicles.
Then I made my way down south for my next few appointments in the afternoon.
One customer had the perfect bulls-eye rock chip. No legs shooting out. Just an impact point and a perfect circle around it. I asked the customer how old the chip was. He said it was only a day old. Excellent. The less moisture and dirt inside the chip, the better!
I grabbed my tool box from my car and started cracking (no pun intended).
I flexed the bulls eye chip and could see a lot play in the glass. Thankfully, no radials could be seen from the impact point so this was going to be a nice, simple repair. After drilling, setting up the bridge and injector, I then dropped a few drops of resin into my windshield repair bridge and placed the plunger into it’s first pressure cycle.
Almost immediately, I could see the resin filling into the rock chip. I left it in a pressure cycle for about two minutes before pulling it up into a vacuum cycle.
During the vacuum cycle, I could watch the air being sucked out by the injector, slowly but surely. I left it in a vacuum cycle for about another two minutes.
Next, I placed the plunger back into a pressure cycle and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. The machine does most of the hard work for me.
I chatted with the customer about the recent weather, his BMW X5 that has a diesel engine (which I did not know existed) and his company.
After checking the rest of the windshield, I noticed another small bulls eye chip on the passenger side. The customer agreed with me that it’s best to repair that chip before it spreads out as well.
I started on the second rock chip and then went back to check on the first chip repair. Everything was filling in fine.
After about 20 minutes, I pulled off the bridge from the chip, placed some pit resin over top of the impact point and then put my UV light over top. About 2 minutes goes by and I take the light off and start scraping with my razor blade to shave off the excess resin.
Minus the impact point, you could hardly see the windshield chip anymore. The customer seemed impressed. I reminded him about the scar leftover from the chip. He agreed but said he was more concerned about it spreading out rather than the look. I concur!
I finished curing the second bulls eye chip. Cleaned up the windshield and my work area. I gave the customer my business card and a few stickers for his vehicles. We exchanged goodbyes then I got back into my trusty Subaru and made my way to my next appointment. Looks like it’s going to be a long day. Still got 4 more appointments to go! Oh well. Better than doing nothing all day. 😉
If you missed yesterday’s blog post, you can catch up here.
All the best!
– Zach Rodgers
Owner @ Dynamo Windshield Repair