DIY Auto Glass Repair

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  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 15-50
What You'll Need
Suction cup-like stabilizer
Curing film

Auto glass repair can be a frustrating, and oftentimes very expensive, procedure. The next time you find yourself plagued by damaged auto glass, you'll be able to repair it yourself, without having to shell out those costly repair fees. With the help of this guide and a few inexpensive tools, you'll be well on your way to making auto glass repair bills a thing of the past.

Step 1 - Survey the Damage

Before starting the repair, it is very important to determine the extent of the damage. Chips, cracks and even certain spider cracks can be easily repaired. Cracks that have developed long veins, however, are almost never repairable and will generally require a full replacement of the damaged glass. Determining the severity of a crack is fairly simple and should not require the consultation of a highly priced auto glass repair specialist.

Step 2 - Thoroughly Clean the Damaged Area

Before attempting to mend the crack, make sure the damaged area is spotless. Any caked-on dirt or debris is liable to cause problems later in the auto glass repair process. Also, if any dirt remains after the crack has been mended, it can often be fished out with the aid of a safety pin.

Step 3 - Attach the Stabilizer

After giving the crack a thorough cleaning, use some adhesive to carefully position the suction cup-like stabilizer over the damaged area. Make sure the stabilizer is positioned in place as firmly as possible. If the stabilizer comes off before it's supposed to, you'll most likely have to restart the repair process.

Step 4 - Attach the Applicator

With the stabilizer securely in place, you'll need to attach the applicator to it and begin applying resin to the damaged area. After the resin has had ample time to dry, you'll be ready for the next step.

Step 5 - Apply the Curing Film

Once you're certain that the resin is dry, gently remove both the stabilizer and the applicator, place a tiny bit more resin on the freshly mended area, then position some curing film over it. Take care to avoid the formation of air bubbles.

Step 6 - Remove the Curing Film

After giving the film ample time to dry, gently remove it from the formerly damaged area. Be sure to thoroughly clean any excess resin off the glass. If all went according to plan, your auto glass should be as good as new.

And there you have it. You've successfully completed what once seemed like a daunting repair best handled by professionals--and for a mere fraction of the cost. Now that you've mastered auto glass repair, who knows what other repairs you'll work up the courage to tackle?