Several do-it-yourself auto glass repair kits may catch your eye if you need to fix a chipped or cracked windshield, and you may be curious whether or not they provide satisfactory results. All vehicle glass repair kits have advantages and disadvantages, but they pose similar dangers before and after the repair procedure.
In this article, we'll discuss only three of the numerous potential dangers associated with repairing auto glass on your own.
1. Several Products Are Toxic
A transparent liquid resin is in most kits, and its use entails injecting the resin into the damaged area and waiting for it to solidify. If you are repairing glass in a closed space, the resin might create harmful vapors that hurt your lungs, eyes, and mucous membranes. Furthermore, it can cause severe discomfort and even permanent harm to the skin and eyes if it comes into close contact with them.
Working in a well-ventilated area while wearing protective eyewear, gloves, and clothing will lessen the risks associated with using a do-it-yourself vehicle glass repair kit, but they will not be eliminated.
2. Repairs May Block Vision
Professionals take special care to guarantee that the repaired windshield dries crystal clear and fits in perfectly with the rest of the glass. In fact, after having a professional replace a crack or chip in your windshield, you can drive away with a windshield that seems like it was never broken.
While do-it-yourself windshield repair kits can help fix minor chips and cracks, the results can vary widely depending on the skill level of the repairer. When the liquid resin hardens, it should be transparent, but if the application and curing processes are messed up, it will seem opaque. Moreover, while the resin is setting, it may flow outside the borders of the original fracture or chip, leaving ugly drip lines on your windshield.
Poorly done DIY windshield repairs detract from the vehicle's aesthetic value and block the driver's line of sight.
3. Repairs Might Not Fix the Structure of the Windshield
A professional vehicle glass repair service can evaluate the severity of your windshield damage and advise you on whether a simple repair can restore the entire structural integrity of the windshield or whether you need a new windshield.
For example, a professional auto glass technician will typically just repair a small bull's-eye chip in the windshield's center rather than replace the entire piece if it is there.
If your windshield has a crack several inches long and near the windshield perimeter, an auto glass specialist will likely recommend replacing the entire windshield rather than repairing it.
Using a DIY repair kit to fix a chip or crack leaves you unsure whether the repair will fully restore the structural integrity of the windshield or whether the crack is so severe that only a new windshield can restore the glass's structural integrity, which has been compromised.
Consider these three risks when choosing the best glass repair technician if the glass in your car is broken or chipped and you're considering doing it yourself. If you have any questions, Mobile Safe Auto Glass is here to help you with all your auto glass repair requirements.