The Dangers of DIY Windshield Repair Kits
When you notice a crack or chip in your car’s windshield, it can be tempting to pick up a DIY windshield repair kit. These kits claim to bond the cracks within the windshield, thereby preventing the damage from spreading. Some DIY repair kits are even intended to minimize the appearance of cracks or chips.
The supposed benefits of using a DIY windshield repair kit might seem obvious. DIY windshield repair kits are cheaper than paying a licensed professional to fix your windshield (at least in the short term). You can pick up one of these kits on your own time, use them quickly, and you don’t have to wait to make an appointment at an auto glass shop.
While all this might suggest that buying a DIY windshield repair kit is a smart move, you should avoid them. They aren’t actually cost effective in the long run, and, more importantly, they can be potentially dangerous to you, your loved ones, and other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Read on to learn more about why DIY windshield repair kits are best avoided.
DIY Repair Kits Are Often Used Incorrectly
Most people using DIY repair kits are not auto glass professionals and are likely to damage their windshield further.
If too much epoxy is used or if the epoxy drips, the windshield could potentially go from being easy to repair to impossible to repair, in which case it will need to be replaced.
DIY Repair Kits Can Obscure Visibility
Using a DIY repair kit doesn’t normally result in a perfectly clear windshield. In fact, if the bonding agent dries incorrectly, it will create a thick line through the glass, potentially obscuring your vision.
Similarly, if the glass becomes misaligned in any way, it could warp your distance perception. Long story short, driving with a cracked or chipped windshield is dangerous, and DIY repair kits often make cracks and chips worse.
DIY Repair Kits Will Not Prevent Further Cracking
DIY repair kits are not intended to be used as permanent fixes, and they aren't particularly durable or high-quality. Using a DIY repair kit could set you up to have your windshield crack again at an inopportune time.
What’s more, when your windshield breaks again, it will likely be irreparable with a second DIY kit.
You Will Probably Void Your Warranty
If you try to repair your windshield yourself, and your car is still under warranty, you will likely void the warranty.
In a similar vein, many insurance policies cover windshield repair, but again, trying to fix your windshield yourself might alter or cancel this coverage.
Your Windshield Wipers May Stop Working
Cracks and chips near windshield wipers usually can’t be repaired, and if you do try, your wipers might stop working.
Or, if your wipers continue to work, they will likely need to be replaced sooner, due to the uneven glass they are moving over.
Lastly, your windshield will likely re-crack sooner rather than later from the pressure exerted on it by the wipers.
Your Glass Will Eventually Need Replacement
Perhaps the most compelling reason to avoid a DIY repair kit is the fact that your windshield will need to be replaced or repaired eventually. Thus, a DIY repair kit is an additional expense that could be avoided by just getting the job done right the first time by a licensed auto glass professional. When properly corrected, your windshield will usually look new, and it will last a long time.
If you have a scratched or chipped windshield and you live in Phoenix, Flagstaff, Prescott, Sedona, or another nearby city, don’t go the DIY windshield repair route. Instead, visit Prime Windshields today! We’ll honestly assess whether your glass needs to be replaced, repaired, or merely polished, and we’ll work with you to provide options that fit your needs and budget.
With over 30 years of auto glass experience, lifetime warranties, free mobile service, and help negotiating insurance policies, Prime Windshields promises expert service, competitive prices, and quality craftsmanship. Contact us today for an estimate or to schedule an appointment to get your car windshield looking good as new!