Do you consider yourself a do-it-yourself expert? Or are you still working your way up the handyman ladder? Whatever your DIY skill level is, you can only be as good as the tools you use. This is especially true when repairing your windshields. Any professional mechanic would go back to being just another beginner without the right windshield repair kit. Don't make the mistake of trusting your gut instinct, or your wife's nail polish, when repairing your windshield. Know how to choose the right windshield repair kit and level up your DIYing experience.
- Check if the windshield repair kit comes complete with all the necessary parts. The kit should include curing films, adhesive seals, repair injectors, pedestals, and repair resins. Double check or ask your supplier if the kit has all these parts. It's better to get everything on your hands in one seating instead of having to scout for individual tools on your own.
- Make sure it comes with an instruction manual. Repairing cracks in your windshield can be a very easy task. But without a proper guide, it can get complicated and may result in wasting a perfectly good repair kit on an unguided repair job.
- Always ask about the windshield repair kit's warranty terms. Warranties for this kind of kit can last from 1 to 5 years. So be sure you get one with a similar coverage. This reassures you that the kit will work as expected and you get the most out of what you paid for.
- Don't buy old windshield repair kits. The success of repairing your windshield with a kit relies on the quality of the resin used. If you buy a kit that's way beyond its expiry date, it might not give you the same results as compared to using a newer kit. Old resin takes a lot longer to harden or in some cases it might not even form at all. This could result in a weak repair or a total waste of DIY time and talent.
- Don't forget that windshield repair kits are designed for minor cracks and scratches on your windshield. They can't seal off serious cracks or, worse, piece together shattered windows. So before you buy a kit, repair the windshield and complain to your supplier how you want your money back because it never fixed your car's glass. Just be sure that the windshield's damage is not more than 2-inches long.