If you’ve ever driven by an auto shop advertising “Instant Rock Chip Repair,” you might be wondering what exactly “rock chip repair” entails. When cars are out on the highway, they inevitably suffer small chips in the windshield from rocks and debris that fly up from vehicles in front of you. Luckily, these chips are typically small enough that they can be fixed without a costly windshield replacement.
Rock chip repair is a service in which an epoxy or resin is injected into the chip to fill it. This not only improves the appearance of your windshield but helps prevent the chips from turning into cracks and spreading. Rock chip repair is easy, and usually affordable depending on the severity of the damage, and some insurance policies cover it.
So how do you know if your windshield needs replaced or just repaired? A good rule of thumb is if the chip is quarter-sized or smaller, it can likely be repaired by this method. If there is a running crack or hole in the actual glass, rock chip repair might not be an option.
Some websites claim rock chip repair is a DIY process, or sell repair kits. Be warned: these kits typically don’t work, and you could make the damage worse by trying to repair it yourself. Always have a trained professional assess the damage and perform any repairs for you. We offer rock chip repair as one of our services, and you can get a free quote for your vehicle here. From all of us here at Quick-Set Auto Glass, drive safely out there!