How to Repair Windshield Dings

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At some point, most people have had a ding in the windshield of their car. Whether from a rock, hail or other debris, a windshield ding needs to be repaired so that it does not expand into a larger hole. Windshield repair work can be quite expensive if a professional is hired, and many insurance companies do not cover windshield repair. The good news is that you can fix a windshield ding yourself without spending a lot of money. There are a variety of types of windshield repair kits on the market. One of the most-common types uses a syringe and adhesive.

Things You'll Need

  • Windshield repair kit
  • Glass cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Razor blade
  • Purchase a windshield repair kit to fix the windshield ding. You can purchase these kits at most auto parts and supply stores.

  • Clean the windshield thoroughly with glass cleaner and paper towels to remove any dirt and debris. Dry the windshield. The windshield should also be around room temperature or higher. The car may need to sit inside of a garage to get the windshield to an acceptable temperature.

  • Remove the adhesive strip from the windshield repair kit. Peel off the film backing on one side of the adhesive. The adhesive is already pre-cut.

  • Center the pre-cut adhesive over the ding in the windshield. Use your thumbnail or small blunt object to rub over the adhesive several times. Peel off the top film.

  • Adjust the enclosed plastic adapter so that the fitting is as upright as possible and stick it to the film. Rub the adhesive again with a blunt object or your fingernail.

  • Remove the cap from the enclosed syringe, holding it with the pointed end. Fasten the syringe to the plastic adapter.

  • Hold the body of the syringe with one hand so that it is stable. Extend the syringe handle as far as it will allow by pulling it up. Keep the handle in this position for one minute. The adhesive will make its way down through the ding and into the glass.

  • Push the syringe handle back down quickly after one full minute has expired. The pressure from releasing it quickly will force the adhesive down into the crack. Repeat this about six times, pulling the syringe handle up and slamming it down quickly.

  • Take away the syringe, as well as the adapter and adhesive sheet. You will notice a film on the glass from the adhesive. Dampen a paper towel with rubbing alcohol to remove the adhesive only from around the ding. Avoid putting alcohol onto the ding itself. Shave off any protruding adhesive from the ding with a razor blade.

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