Windshield Repair VS. Replacement

Windshield is considered to be a most vital component of your car because it actually protects your car and you from different man-made and natural disasters. If your car’s safety is a priority for you then you must take proper care of your car’s windshield. This article will help you get acquainted with two ways in which you can maintain your car’s windshield:  First, windshield repair and second windshield replacement. 

Firstly, you must remember that these two processes are quite different from each other. Windshield repair means the technician will repair a crack or windshield chip and seal it completely. Once that is done, the windshield will look as good as a new windshield and you will not have to worry about installing a new windshield in your car. Windshield repair can be done in about fifteen to thirty minutes and the whole repair procedure is not that costly. You will just have to spend around $50 to get your car’s windshield repaired. If your car is insured then the windshield repair is something that will be preferred by the automobile insurance agency. 

On the other hand, windshield replacement is the process by which the technician will remove the old or broken windshield with a brand new windshield. Windshield replacement cannot be done in fifteen to twenty minutes. The technician might take around forty-five to sixty minutes to replace your windshield because a lot of force and patience is required to break an existing windshield. A brand new windshield will obviously turn out to be extremely expensive and will cost you around $200 and more. The auto insurance agency will pay for your windshield replacements only if you pay the deductible first. 

Whether you pick windshield replacement or repair procedure that will surely depend on the severity location and size of the damage caused to your windshield.  If you notice small chips or cracks on the windshield then get it repaired as soon as possible so that you can avoid costly windshield replacement procedure. But in case the destruction caused to the windshield is huge then you should opt for windshield replacement process instead of getting it repaired. 

DIY Dent And Scratch Repair Guides

Dents and scratches on your car are surely damaging for the overall appearance of the vehicle and at times its functionality as well. Now, if the scratches or dents are not too severe you don’t have to rush to a professional mechanic always. In fact your toolbox and the basic DIY skills will suffice to straighten the car in a cost effective way. The article here is a brief on DIY dent & scratch repair.

Dent repair

  • Locate the dent center & drill hole into it with 1/8 inch drill bit. 
  • Thread dent pulling equipment into just drilled hole and after it’s placed properly, flatten the car dent by either pulling in out or pulling on it. 
  • Now, hammer the dent front very carefully with your metalworking hammer- simultaneously make sure to stay firm with the dolly against the dent back. 
  • Use one medium sized grit disk placed on drill that will help in grinding paint down towards bare metal , expanding the space by minimum 1” around the car dent itself. Now, fill up the space with premium body filler.
  • Let the filler dry up completely. After it has dried up, you have to go for a very careful sanding on the zone. Get a good sandpaper wrapped around wooden block. The experts suggest starting with  36-grit sandpaper & working up to 120-grit.
  • Prime the zone with spray primer. You have to allow minimum 6 primer coats. 
  • Sand up the primer with 600-grit dry & wet sandpaper. Now, touch up the place with matching car paint. 

Scratch repair

  • If your car has got a nasty scratch you have to start by sanding the scratch with a 240-grit sandpaper at first and then graduate to a 320-grit sandpaper. 
  • Go slow to assure a smooth & even surface. Deeper scratches demand sanding by 800-grit dry and wet sandpaper. 
  • If the scratched surface is finally smoothened and flattened, you have to take up a thorough clean up of the area to eliminate all the settled sand, debris and dust particles. 
  • Now, apply primer.
  • There must be 3 color coats on the primed surface. Finish it up with a neat clear coat.