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Windshield repair kits (Amazon, eBay, etc.)--any good?

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Windshield repair kits (Amazon, eBay, etc.)--any good?

Has anyone used one of those DIY windshield chip repair kits? There seem to be ones "from China/HK" as well as brand-name kits from the likes of Permatex and Rain-X available...

Recently got a large double chip/crack on my windshield out of nowhere. Was driving home late at night one day and there were no cars anywhere near in front of me and BANG! I hear something hit my windshield hard and pretty quickly realise I have a fairly large double-spider-crack on my lower left side of my windshield :( I suspect someone had to have thrown a rock from an overpass/bridge because I heard it but again there were no cars anywhere in sight to have thrown it back at me.

So, can a kit like one of these do the trick?
https://www.amazon.ca/Mookis-Windshield ... 078HV82DR/
https://www.amazon.ca/EASTUP-Windshield ... 07PY26LMD/
https://www.amazon.ca/Permatex-09103-Wi ... 000ALJ4MY/

Or am I better off just taking it somewhere and paying them $40-50 (or whatever it costs these days) to have it done "professionally"? I have the mind to "just leave it" as I've had chips before on other windshields that never got any worse but this particular one looks pretty bad and looks like it could spread so I think I better have it filled.
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Get it repaired professionally. The results will be better.
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Your insurance might cover it for free.
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I'd take it to the pros.
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For $50-$60 I wouldn't bother with insurance
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let me know who you decide to go with, we have a slight crack we need to fix too
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I paid $30 a few years ago for a chip to a guy from craigslist. He did a great job, didnt expand or crack more. Then I had a second crack, I tried to fix it myself but not even close. The glue fell and the crack is visible again. It needs a touch up after 1 year. Just find a pro to fo it for you. Not worth the hassle.
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McLaren__F1 wrote: Your insurance might cover it for free.
+1

The insurance companies normally cover this for free and it won't ding your deductible or affect your premium. Just call them and ask.
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rngun wrote: +1

The insurance companies normally cover this for free and it won't ding your deductible or affect your premium. Just call them and ask.
+1

I ve done it, bills goes to the insurance company directly. Insurance compmay rather fix a small chip for you and cost them $100 at the certified shop, than later paying you a whole new windshield for $1000+ (minus your deductible).

People are scared to call insurance companies when they complained they are paying way too much.
Windshield claim will not impact your renewal premium (unless you claim it 10 times within the last 2 years....)

Also, your insurance will probably increase next year regardless anyway, may as well get some of your money back.
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Pros will do it for $30.

Unless you are driving in country dirt road and get chips every week, no point investing in a kit.

Here's quick and cheap way without kits in an emergency to keep it from spreading.
You can also fix it with a super glue and isopropyl alcohol. You will need a hair dryer for this job. Let’s go over how to fix a chip, then a crack.

Fixing a chip

What you will need

Super glue
Isopropyl alcohol
A hair dryer
Scraper or razor blade
You might also want to stick a piece of paper on the inside of the window so you can see the crack better.

1. Make sure the windshield is dry

Start with a dry windshield that is about room temperature. On a rainy or snowy day, keep your car inside until the windshield dries and warms up. You can further dry it with a hair dryer. You can clean the crack or chip first, but make sure not to use window cleaner or detergents of any kind. Acetone (nail polish remover) or lighter fluid will work, the main benefit being that it evaporates quickly. But don’t use too much so that it will run down the glass as this can damage the paint on your car.

2. Put a bit of alcohol in the chip

Spread the alcohol into the chip, then dry it out with a hair dryer. Put the hair dryer right in the crack for about 30 seconds to a minute.

3. Put a little bit of glue in the crack

Now, squeeze glue into the chip. Let it dry by waiting a few seconds. We suggest you also use a scraper to scrape some of the excess glue from the area when dry.

Of course, this method isn’t perfect and you may be able to still see it, however, it’s cheap and fast, and should keep the crack from spreading.
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rngun wrote: +1

The insurance companies normally cover this for free and it won't ding your deductible or affect your premium. Just call them and ask.
I've heard so many people say this, and all the companies advertise it, but TBH I've tried doing this with more than one insurance company and they always just tell me I'm subject to my $500-1000 deductible (whatever it happened to be at these times) and that was it. Honestly don't know how you guys are getting these things paid for magically by insurance and not doing anything to your rates or anything but yeah...

But I appreciate the responses, I guess I will just have it done and pay the $40-60 (hopefully no more than that) to have the chips filled, instead of fiddling with the DIY kits.
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ES_Revenge wrote: I've heard so many people say this, and all the companies advertise it, but TBH I've tried doing this with more than one insurance company and they always just tell me I'm subject to my $500-1000 deductible (whatever it happened to be at these times) and that was it. Honestly don't know how you guys are getting these things paid for magically by insurance and not doing anything to your rates or anything but yeah...

But I appreciate the responses, I guess I will just have it done and pay the $40-60 (hopefully no more than that) to have the chips filled, instead of fiddling with the DIY kits.
There shouldn't be a deductible associated with a chip repair. All insurance companies that I've dealt with in Ontario cover chip repair with no deductible.
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My brother had a pea sized ding and used the Permatex one you posted on it. It worked and never got larger. Permatex is a good brand.

Anything larger you should go through your insurance. My fathers vehicle got a large one covered by insurance no charge to him, went to Speedy and they submitted to insurance.
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Should report this to the police as well, only a matter of time before someone gets killed by these jackoffs. Hopefully they can keep an eye out on that overpass. Can't believe people are still doing things like this in this day and age.
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I used the Permatex kit recently and was very happy withe the results.

Only advice I can give using the kit is to read the instruction carefully, watch the online video posted by Permatex, and add 50% to the times in the instructions.
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I've fixed 4 chips with the Permatex kits from CT. As long as you follow the instructions exactly, it works great. All you can see is a tiny little pit here the rock hit.

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