If you have a cracked or broken windscreen, you may be tempted to handle the repair yourself. The ability to find various styles of windscreen repair kits makes the choice seem all the more easier. The truth is, there are several things you need to know about windscreen repair DIY kits and why you should probably choose a professional for any windscreen issues you may have.
Making a Mess
When you first look at a windscreen repair kit at an automobile store or big box retailer, what you notice is how neat it all appears. You will probably see a plastic syringe of some kind to hold the repair gel, the gel, or a set of pre-filled tubes. This indicates that everything you need to make the actual repair is neat and, for the most part, self contained. The truth is that even pre-filled tubes may pose a problem if mess is a concern.
If they aren't pre-filled, then filling can be problematic, leaving you with repair gel or residue on fingers, gloves, or surfaces. If they are pre-filled, you can't guarantee the solution won't leak or explode. This is something you don't have to worry about when you use a professional windscreen repair service. They have all of that under control and if there is a mess, it's not your issue to deal with.
Knowledge of Tools
The key point to keep in mind when you are using kits is what they are made for. These are not made for major repairs, and therefore any tools may or may not be included. If they are, you may not know what to do with them outside of the constraints of the instructions. Though most kits do have instructions, some won't go into detail assuming that the reader or operator knows what they are doing. If you don't have knowledge of how to use the tools or even what tools may be needed, then you should probably leave it to a professional who has an extensive knowledge of the tools and also owns the tools required to fix your windscreen properly.
Chance of Increased Damage
When you use a DIY windscreen repair kit you may think that the repair will go smoothly. This is especially true if the damage is a small crack. The problem is, without the proper knowledge to fix the windscreen, you may end up with an increased chance of damaging the screen further. Too much pressure on the glass can cause extensive cracking or breaking.You may also use the silicone gel, or material in the kit, to repair the damage and end up with issue of it pooling or causing a blind spot in the screen. If it isn't allowed to cure properly, you could end up with the repair not holding properly and the windscreen receiving further damage. By using a professional, you can ensure that it is done right, and if the crack needs leads to a replacement, then the replacement screen is installed properly.
These are just a few of the things you need to know about the kits and why a professional may be a better option. If you think a professional touch is what you need for your windscreen repair, contact a location near you today.