Its tempting to try to repair a rock chip on your own. After all, how hard could it be, just to fill a silly little hole in your windshield? The answer is, very hard!
Here’s what won’t work:
- Crazy Glue. At first, Crazy Glue seems like a perfectly good choice to fill a rock chip. Here’s the problem. To begin with, it will not stand up to the elements. Super Glue is not meant to withstand extreme heat, cold, rain, snow, etc. It won’t take long before it starts to peel away. Unfortunately, some of the glue penetrate the top layer of the windshield through the open whole that the rock chip created. Once it gets in and hardens, there is no way for a windshield repair technician to fix it. In other words, you are screwed, to put it bluntly.
- Clear Nail Polish. Much like super glue, nail polish will just gum up the works and make it impossible for a technician to “re”repair the damage.
- Gorilla Glue. Really?
- Any other foreign solution or epoxy.
- Do-it-yourself Kits. If any repair solution other than using a qualified technician has the chance to work, it is this one. However, repairing a windshield requires that the acrylic resin used in the process remains fluid long enough to allow it to fill the entire rock chip, without hardening (curing). As soon as acrylic resin is exposed to UV light, which is present even when there is no sunlight, it starts to harden. You get one shot with a do-it-yourself kit. If the desired result is not achieved in that one shot, its over. You will have to live with what ever the result.
Here’s what will work:
Have your windshield repaired by an experienced, professional -plain and simple.