Chip Repairs: Do they really disappear?

Most people don’t exactly know how a windshield chip repair works. To be fair, it’s not exactly a trending topic of discussions and there isn’t any reason why people should know how it works. However, lucky for you, I am here to tell you the truths and myths behind it.

Misconceptions & Pre-conceived Notions

Glass is one of those materials that seem to have one use. Once it breaks, it’s done for. Sure, drinking glasses can chip and still be usable, but there’s no way to fix it unless you know how to melt and reform glass.

Some people may think that windshields work the same way. And that we auto glass shops, when repairing chips, must locally melt the glass, smooth it out, and all those complicated steps. At least, that’s the strange idea I had before I started working in the industry.

My point is chip repairs a much simpler than people may realize. Don’t get me wrong, it should certainly be performed by a professional to ensure the chip is repaired completely and properly, but all that goes into a chip repair is a little clear resin, literally.

The Reality

However, it is critical to realize that not all chip repairs leave the windshield scar free. Often after a chip repair, there is a small “puddle” where the chip once was. This is simply the clear resin filler that is injected into the chip to restore the structural integrity of the glass.

If you’re lucky, the resin won’t leave such a visible mark. But, if you’re not as lucky and a visible “scar” is left behind, it’s good to remember that it’s merely aesthetic. Chip repairs are only meant to restore the structure of the glass, not necessarily to remove the visibility of the chip.

That said, chip repairs are still cheaper than replacing your entire windshield, so long as you have three or fewer chips. If you should have any other questions about chip repairs, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!




Author: B. Delamater

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