That happened to me a few years ago and it ended up costing me almost $300 to have a new windshield installed on my car.
What I didn’t know back then was I could have fixed the crack and chip in my windshield instead of paying to have it replaced. And I could have done it for around 10 bucks!
Well, it recently happened to me again, but this time I went on Youtube to see if I could find a video showing how to fix my chipped windshield myself. And as luck would have it, I did.
This video shows how to use an inexpensive Rain-X Windshield Repair Kit to repair windshield chips that are no larger than 1 inch in diameter and cracks that are no more than about a foot in length.
Here’s the video if you’d like to check it out for yourself:
The written step-by-step instructions that come with the kit are great. They’re very detailed and easy to follow.
One quick note: The gentleman in the video says you need to do the repair inside a garage. That isn’t actually true – you just need to do it where the car can be parked in the shade as long as you do it on a dry and sunny day.
The entire job from start to finish took about half an hour or so, and I was quite pleased with the results.
If you look carefully and the light is just right you can tell where the original chip was, but it’s virtually unnoticeable if you don’t already know it’s there.
But even more important, the chip in the windshield is completely filled in and the tightly bonded resin will prevent the original damage from expanding and causing any future damage.
By the way, the instructions say you need to make this repair as soon after the damage occurs as possible in order to get the best results from the repair.
I didn’t know that at the time so I waited a few days but the repair still turned out quite well (in my humble opinion).
I paid about $11 for my Rain-X Windshield Repair Kit at my local Walmart (I found it in the automotive section near the windshield wiper blades), but at the time of this writing it’s a little cheaper at Amazon.
Bottom line: I’ll never again pay to have a damaged windshield replaced if the chip and/or crack is small enough to repair with one of these awesome Rain-X Windshield Repair Kits.
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