Windshield Chips and Cracks Can Become Costly Damage when Ignored
October 16, 2019
By Sanel NAPA
Windshield chips and cracks can happen at any time when you’re behind the wheel. The most common cause of this type of vehicle damage are rocks and pieces of metal debris flung from the tires of other vehicles. Unfortunately, these windshield chips and cracks are unavoidable, even for the most experienced drivers but knowing how to fix the damage quickly can stop the damage from getting worse.
The most common indicator that your windshield may have a crack or chip is if you hear “thwack” across your windshield while driving down a busy road. Luckily, the damage doesn’t require and emergency stop, but once you arrive at your destination inspect your windshield for any chips or cracks. If you spot a crack, it’s time to start thinking about solutions.
Even if the chip seems small, it’s important to repair the damage as quickly as possible. The longer you wait to begin your repair, the more opportunities debris and dirt have to embed themselves in the chipped area of the windshield. This could make the repair much more difficult or even impossible. Waiting to repair the damage could also result in the chip bursting into a series of cracks in the windshield, or sometimes even create a single large crack.
If you reach this point and don’t act quickly the chip and cracks and spread, and once it becomes to close to the edge of the windshield it may be impossible to repair. In fact, some states don’t allow vehicle windshields with too many cracks or chips to pass inspection. This means it’s better to fix the damage as soon as possible to avoid these costly fees.
How to Fix a Chipped Windshield
Even though a windshield chip can develop into a huge hassle if it’s not dealt with, the cost to repair one of these chips on your own could be as little as $10. The first step to repairing windshield chips is finding the right windshield repair kit for your current damage. Not all repair kits are made for the same windshield damage, so make sure you’ve got the right kit and you can start getting to work.
The first step to repairing your windshield damage is thoroughly cleaning the damaged area and ensuring it is entirely dry before you begin the repair process. Next, you’ll administer your adhesive to the chip but then comes the tricky part. Many pre-mixed adhesive kits come with a syringe which allows you to create a vacuum of suction around the damaged area. This is to remove any air from the chip and allows the adhesive to sink into virtually every crack of the chipped windshield for the most effective repair.
Lastly, you can remove any excess adhesive with an alcohol dampened towel, but if any bumps remain, allow them to harden overnight. Once the adhesive has hardened, you will be able to remove the small bumps with a sharp blade.
For more information on all things automotive, and to answer any questions about your vehicle’s windshield, contact or visit the knowledgeable professionals at a Sanel NAPA location near you.
About Sanel NAPA
Since 1920, Sanel NAPA has been a leading auto parts, heavy-duty truck parts, and body shop supplies distributor with over 48 store locations throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts. We deliver quality car parts, heavy-duty truck parts, automotive paint and body supplies, and tools and equipment that are durable, dependable, and long-lasting to provide our clientele with the best products and services possible. For more information, call (603) 225-4000 or click to find a store near you.