This is a repost of an old blog we thought would be helpful when it comes to repairing auto glass since many of our readers found it informative, especially since it debunks a lot of myths/advice car owners hear on the internet. We have also added a couple of tips at the end of the blog to help you maintain your windshield. At Low Price Auto Glass Fort Lauderdale, we’ve had many customers come in too late with wrecked windshields or windows even though the issue could’ve been fixed early on when there used to be just a tiny chip. What never ceases to astonish us is the fact that many people actually try to fix the damage on their own in really unusual ways. Some of these methods are so absurd, we’re not even sure why people are continuously fooled into doing them. In the end, a broken windshield needs extra caution and care, and the following auto glass repair advices just don’t cut it:
Using Tape to Hold the Crack Together. That Has to Be a Joke, Right?
Who thought they could do an auto glass repair by duct taping a chip? Turns out, a couple of people have. Sure, you can tape torn paper back together or hold the side of a broken picture frame in place, but when it comes to your windshield, tape will never do more than leave glue on the glass. After all, a single windshield is what support a car’s roof so it doesn’t collapse. Now, do you honestly think that tape will hold that chip together and manage to lift the heavy roof in place? We don’t think so (actually, we know so). Relying on tape to fix the chip is simply denying that there is a big problem that only an expert can resolve.
Super Gluing the Crack. That Should Work, Or So They Said
Super glue is awesome, it’s true. It can mend the most demolished items around your house, like that pretty vase your two years old kid threw to the ground. But super glue can never fix a broken windshield. When you apply glue to the windshield, it seeps into the chip or crack, and there is no way to extract it back out. What’s worse is that the glue simply fills the chipped space. However, the result is still not strong enough against the pressure of the roof against the damaged glass, and eventually, the chip you thought you repaired will continue to split and crack. At that point, you’ll have no choice but to replace the entire windshield, which is something you could have avoided from the start by going to professionals.
Nail Polish Can Strengthen Anything, Right? Nail polish is the weakest product you can use for an auto glass repair (although we can say the same about every other item on this list). Think about it for a second, when people apply nail polish on their fingernails, it helps for a few days, but then the polish starts chipping off from constant tear. Water and other everyday elements weaken the polish. Therefore, it should not be any different when it is applied on a chip in the windshield. From constant sun heat followed by rainy days, the nail polish you hoped would hold the damage together is going to fall apart and the chip is going to expand.
Band-Aids for Auto Glass. Really? Who Comes Up With This Stuff? Apparently, some manufacturers created special Band-Aids designed specifically to fix a broken windshield. While these manufacturers clearly produced this product to make easy money, we’re surprised that people actually fell for this. Auto glass Band-Aids are just like duct tape. They stick over the damage but don’t actually do anything to repair it. Besides, such a small translucent sticker (because that’s what this really is) won’t hold up a heavy windshield. So please, don’t let any advertisement fool you into thinking this is a great product that’ll help you save money on fixing your broken auto glass.
Tips for Maintaining Your Windshield Why wait until you have a damaged windshield to start really caring for auto glass? With the following tips, you’ll maintain the windshield year round and prevent the glass from needing repairs:
- Be sure to regularly wash the glass using a microfiber cloth and a high quality windshield cleaner.
- Avoid washing your windshield under a bright sun; wash when the sun isn’t as bright.
- Avoid using household products and detergents to wash your windshield.
- Keep ammonia away from your windshield. A product that has ammonia is Windex.
- Use WD-40 if you need to remove a sticker or a decal off your windshield.
- Never scratch the windshield with car keys to remove stickers.
- Wash windshield wipers often.
- Replace old windshield wipers before they damage the glass.
Ultimately, these flimsy products people were advised to use are horrible. Next time you have a broken windshield, don’t hesitate to take the right action and fix your car properly. An auto glass repair should be left to professionals who have the right products and tools. No one else should have the right to tamper with your car or instruct you on how to repair it.