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Old 12-05-2018, 09:59 AM
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I've had chips repaired in my windshield on two separate occasions by safelite. Both less than the size of a dime. Oldest has survived two northeast winters without failing. One is virtually invisible the other a little less so. Very satisfactory results.
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Most all automotive stores have the repair kit, auto zone, NAPA, O'reilly...Walmart.





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Old 12-05-2018, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by randy ransome View Post
Most all automotive stores have the repair kit, auto zone, NAPA, O'reilly...Walmart.

I didn't know this was a thing. Have many people tried it? Does the kit use basically the same resin?
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Old 12-05-2018, 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by ~Stingray View Post
I didn't know this was a thing. Have many people tried it? Does the kit use basically the same resin?
Doubt it. The windshield place cures it with UV light, if I recall correctly.
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Old 12-05-2018, 08:47 PM
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Originally Posted by RUU View Post
Doubt it. The windshield place cures it with UV light, if I recall correctly.
UV light is generated by the sun.
In sunlight the resin will cure in 20 minutes. The day I did mine it took about 2 hours as it was completely overcast.
The shops use UV lights--you can buy a flashlight if you have an issue with the free UV or are seriously inhibited by the weather and need to work indoors.
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Old 12-05-2018, 09:00 PM
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Originally Posted by ~Stingray View Post
Bueller?
Product is available at Walmart. Permatex.
Follow this video and you will have no issues. The key is ensuring an airtight connection, tapping gently to ensure air bubbles escape, and slight depression of the plunger beyond the lower stopping point to ensure an even and complete distribution of resin.

The day I did mine was one of the greyest days of the year---looked like dusk at 2pm--but the resin cured perfectly, it just took longer.
The chip I had was the size of a dime and was a straight line crack.

Bottom line is that if you follow instructions carefully and add the recommendations in the video you should get a near flawless result. I've had many chips repaired over the years and visually this looks no different and the crack is virtually undetectable.


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Old 12-06-2018, 07:39 AM
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That is a great video. The guy is well spoken, clear, and drives his points home with examples. Fantastic!
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Old 12-07-2018, 10:53 AM
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Well, the insurance company still covers it. That's great!

I was convinced to try these home kits, but since Geico/Safelite will do it for free, i will just leave it to the professionals. I am paying for it anyway, might as well use it.

Thanks everyone, saved me money and I learned a couple things.
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Old 12-09-2018, 07:23 PM
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Originally Posted by ~Stingray View Post
I didn't know this was a thing. Have many people tried it? Does the kit use basically the same resin?
Even if it is the same resin, the pros use a stronger vacuum over the crack/chip than that vid. so that the resin better penetrates the chip. It's pretty wild to watch it happen.

I have one chip on my '05 that has been stable for over a decade fixed by Safelite (guaranteed to never spread, or they replace the windshield).

Most insurance companies will pay for a chip repair w/ no deductible. I'm sure this is because it costs little for them to do this rather than eat the cost of a replacement when the (unrepaired) chip eventually becomes a crack.
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Old 12-09-2018, 08:04 PM
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Originally Posted by speedlink View Post
Not true.
I did it for my C6 and it worked fine.

i was skeptical in end i couldn't see a difference At all.

but i would have insurance pay for my C7..

Mine is Zero deductible.


you HAVE to have glass coverage in any of the cars given the cost of replacement
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