Is the Rock Chip in my Windshield Repairable?
April 23, 2012 By Gene Torres, Repair Tech (Edit)
If you get a rock chip on your windshield, you need to figure out if the break is repairable or not so when you call an auto glass shop you ask for the right service. You can save a lot of money by getting the windshield repaired instead of replaced.
The first step in figuring out if a rock chip can be repaired is to use a dry cloth and lightly rub the area to see if the rock chip comes off! Believe it or not, we get called out to fix ‘rock chips’ that are nothing more than dirt stuck to the windshield. To avoid a service call, check that the glass is actually cracked.
Next, look at the size including the cracks that extend from the impact point. Is the break the size of a dime, nickle, or quarter? If so, it can be repaired. In other words, if it is a small break with cracks extending from it and the whole thing is less than 1.25 inches, it IS repairable.
Large bulls-eyes (larger than a 50-cent piece) are not repairable. If the break is the right size but the glass is completely crushed in the center, it is not repairable. This often happens when large hail causes windshield damage. There is no way to put crushed glass back together.
The chip featured in this photo is NOT repairable. If you will notice the crushed glass in the center.
Can an Old Windshield Repair be Fixed Again?
I am often asked to repair rock chips that have already been repaired. Unfortunately, bullseyes and cracks that have already been injected with resin cannot be repaired again. I have been successful fixing old repairs in a few instances, but I cannot guarantee it. There is always the risk that the entire repair will fail.
If the old repair has a new crack coming out if it, I can drill into the new crack and fill it. If this happens, call me at (469) 828-2465 right away before the crack spreads across the windshield. If this happens you WILL need a replacement.
If you are unhappy with the previous repair you are better off leaving it alone. For your safety, if the bad repair distracts you while driving, you should get a new windshield.
Still not sure whether you should get your windshield repaired or replaced? Read more here.