do it yourself windshield repair
Video tutorial on how to repair a stone chip on your windshield. Repairing a stone chip is a very inexpensive way to save your windshield before the crack can get worse. Stone chips in most cases will eventually cause your windshield to crack which in turn can be easily a few hundred dollars to replace, if not more depending on your vehicle. The risk of the windshield cracking from a chip can greatly increase over bumps in the road or an extreme difference in temperature such as driving in the winter with your windshield defroster blowing hot air. It is important to fix this right away. Also if a chip is exposed to the exterior elements for a longer period of time, it can fill up with dust, therefore not making the repair less flawless. This particular video I am working with here is a 2000 Volvo S70.

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Tools/Supplies Needed:
-push pin or scriber
-clean cloth
-rubbing alcohol/isopropyl
-windshield stone chip repair kit (used in the video is Permatex Windshield Repair Kit #09103)

Procedure:
-first ensure that your windshield is dry as was don’t want any water or moisture contaminating the surface
-using the push pin or scriber, scrape away any loose damaged glass from the chipped area
-while doing this I would recommend having a vacuum cleaner going as this will pick up any glass debris
-next I like to wipe the damaged area down with rubbing alcohol, then allow it to evaporate
-place a cloth under the chipped area, this will catch any resin if it drips
-apply the white side of the double sided adhesive pad to the windshield, ensuring it's centered on the chip
-push from the center of the adhesive pad and slowly work your way out, this reduces the chance for any air pockets
-remove the green plastic off the adhesive pad, then attach the plastic pedestal, lining up both tabs on the pedestal and pad
-ensure the pedestal is pushed down where we don’t risk any air bubbles and it has adhered properly
-take the resin container, either cut or twist the end off, then apply 3/4 of the resin container into the pedestal and put the resin container in a safe location where it won’t drip on anything
-make sure the syringe is pushed all the way down, then insert it into the pedestal
-pull it up to the lowest notch, twist the pull cylinder, lock it onto the metal retaining clip, and allow it to sit in this position for 10 minutes
-after the 10min, gently break the syringe loose from the pedestal which will allow air into it
-push the syringe back into place, then unlock the pull cylinder, push it down until the upper lock position, and clip it into place
-allow it to sit in this position for 20 minutes
-once done, remove the syringe and watch out for any resin dripping, so have a cloth on hand
-using a razor knife, scrape off the foam adhesive, along with the pedestal
-make sure the surface is clean, then apply the remaining of the resin over the chipped area
-apply the plastic curing square over the area, gently press it into location with your finger, than smoothen out with a card or the backside of the razor to push out any air pockets
-park the vehicle in direct sunlight for 30 minutes to allow the uv light to cure the resin, if it’s cloudy, then wait 1 hour
-after the resin has cured, carefully remove the plastic curing square
-there will be some access resin material left over, use the razor to scrape that way

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