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Anyone used a windshield chip repair kit?
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: November 05, 2021 02:33PM
I have two windshields that each have 1 chip in them. No windshield repair coverage on either. Going rate around here seems to be around $150/windshield. Got me thinking about using one of the repair kits. Anyone have good or bad experiences with any of the numerous kits out there?

For $300, I might be able to buy a better kit that I could use in the future.
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Re: Anyone used a windshield chip repair kit?
Posted by: Acer
Date: November 05, 2021 02:42PM
I tried one that was recommended to me, Rain-X 600001 Windshield Repair Kit.

It was a very small chip and maybe a 1/4 inch attendant crack. It didn't seem to make a difference visually. It was an older chip, maybe a year or more when I tried to fix it. The crack has not grown, at least, and the windshield is still in use.
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Re: Anyone used a windshield chip repair kit?
Posted by: SDGuy
Date: November 05, 2021 04:35PM
I've had two pretty good results with them - they'll fill in small cracks, but (in my experience) if you have chips missing, visually you'll still see a defect afterwards. The main benefit (IMHO) is preventing future spread of any cracks - I'm sure we've all seen windshields where cracks left on their own have grown to cover the entire width or height of available glass.
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Re: Anyone used a windshield chip repair kit?
Posted by: testcase
Date: November 05, 2021 07:27PM
Ouch!

Used to be in the $40 ~ $60 range to have it done.




And as for “covered by insurance”, that still counts as a “claim”. At renewal time or, if you want to switch companies, it may come back to bite you.
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Re: Anyone used a windshield chip repair kit?
Posted by: DP
Date: November 06, 2021 08:45AM
The crack has not grown, at least, and the windshield is still in use.

The main benefit (IMHO) is preventing future spread of any cracks


This. I've used repair kits many times-especially driving in Michigan...

Going rate around here seems to be around $150/windshield

Safelite, right? They have to pay for all those ads!






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Re: Anyone used a windshield chip repair kit?
Posted by: Forrest
Date: November 06, 2021 10:13AM
Windshield repair/replacement should be covered by comprehensive auto insurance
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Re: Anyone used a windshield chip repair kit?
Posted by: SDGuy
Date: November 06, 2021 10:44AM
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macphanatic
...For $300, I might be able to buy a better kit that I could use in the future.

Just noticed this thought you had - I don't think there's such a thing...what you can get off-the-shelf are pretty much one-time (one crack) repair kits, at a cost of around $15.

If you decide to go this route, carefully read the instructions all the way through BEFORE starting...then do so again until you have near-memorized what you will be doing before you begin.

This summary from autozone pretty much covers the steps involved.
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Re: Anyone used a windshield chip repair kit?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 08, 2021 01:01AM
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Forrest
Windshield repair/replacement should be covered by comprehensive auto insurance

I pay separately for glass coverage - $8/year. No deductible unlike the $1k for my comprehensive. With road sanding and salting, It is cheap coverage.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/08/2021 01:02AM by Speedy.
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