February 28, 2022
Happy Monday! Today was yet another busy day of repairing windshield chips for the great people of Edmonton, Alberta
My day started out on the west side of Edmonton. Then I headed down south for a couple appointments. Next, I was up on the north side of the city. Then by the University. And then I finished my day in the south end before heading home.
My first customer today had a perfect bulls eye chip on her new windshield. She got the chip on Friday but I was already booked up for the rest of the day and the weekend, so we had to wait until today. Nonetheless, we got her windshield chip repair done today.
It was a simple repair. Small impact point. No radials coming from the middle. I started with flexing the chip. There was a decent amount of play in the glass all around the bulls eye. Next, I grabbed my Dremel drill. I cleaned out the crushed glass inside the impact point.
After drilling, I grabbed my repair bridge and placed the injector over top of the impact point. I dropped a few drops of resin into the injector. As soon as I placed the injector into a pressure cycle, I could see the resin filling into the chip instantly. Always a great sign!
After a couple of minutes, I placed the injector into a vacuum cycle. I watched as the windshield repair bridge slowly sucked out all of the trapped air inside the windshield.
Next, I placed the injector back into a pressure cycle and let the machine do its magic. I chatted with the customer about the windshield repair process, where and when she got the chip and answered a few of her questions.
The customer asked if it would have been okay to wash her vehicle beforehand. I explained to her that sometimes the pressure from the car wash jets can actually spread a chip into a crack. And that it’s better to keep the windshield chip clean and dry before the chip repair. I reassured her that she would be okay to wash her vehicle after the windshield repair, as the UV light will cure all the resin right away.
After about 15-20 minutes and some light flexing inside the injector, I grabbed the UV light, added some pit resin to the impact point and placed my curing tab over top. I let the UV light cure the chip for about 2 minutes.
Once everything was cured, I grabbed my razor blade and started to shave off the excess resin. I explained to the customer about the small scar that the rock chip will leave behind. She understood and said she just doesn’t want it to spread out and cost her a replacement. I told her that she is good to go, now that the rock chip has been repaired.
I gave her a business card and a couple of my “fix me” stickers. Next I cleaned up the windshield, grabbed my tool box and exchanged goodbyes with the customer.
I get into my car and start making my way to my next appointment. It was a bit chilly today but it feels like Spring is around the corner. I can’t wait. Well, on to the next windshield chip repair of the day! 😉
If you missed yesterday’s blog post, you can catch up here.
All the best!
– Zach Rodgers
Owner @ Dynamo Windshield Repair