Do Windshield Repair Kits Really Work?

Maybe you saw the rock that dinged your windshield, or maybe a crack appeared seemingly out of nowhere. Either way, your windshield has some damage, and you know it’s a good idea to fix it.

If you’re a DIY-er, you might have thought about using a windshield repair kit. These kits, often found online, promise that you can fix your own windshield at a fraction of the cost of a professional repair. There are also many DIY windshield repair videos online that promise to show you how to do it.

But do windshield replacement kits really work? Let’s talk about the what you should consider before buying a windshield repair kit.

Windshield Repair Kits: The Pros and Cons

The most obvious advantage to windshield repair kits is that they are cheaper than the average professional repair. One windshield repair kit that we found online costs $12 (not including any shipping). It’s true: you’re not going to get a windshield repair that cheap (unless it’s done by your brother-in-law).

However, this advantage comes with some pretty significant fine print.

When you hire an expert, you’re paying for their knowledge, experience, and expertise. An auto glass expert has knowledge of different types of damage (and how to repair them) and training in the repair job itself—not to mention professional equipment and high-quality resins.

The reason DIY kits are so cheap is because you’re doing it yourself, without access to professional training or equipment.

What’s worse, though, is that there is a good chance that the windshield repair won’t stick. This could be due to any number of things: the kit directions might be unclear or confusing (leading you to do the repair improperly), the resin included might be low-quality, or the damage might not have been repairable in the first place.

As you can probably guess, we’re not generally in favor of the DIY windshield repair kit. But it’s not because we repair and replace windshields; it’s because, once the resin is inserted into the chip or crack, that’s it. If a DIY repair is done incorrectly, there’s no way to go back in and fix the damage. In this case, the windshield will likely have to be replaced.

We’ve talked with too many car owners who could have saved money by calling in the professionals, rather than buying a repair kit only to call an auto glass company anyway

Call Us Today

We offer repairs that are fast and convenient. And in many cases, the windshield repair doesn’t cost a dime! This is because Kentucky law allows car owners to get their windshield repaired without having to pay their deductible (depending on the level of insurance).

If your DIY windshield repair went awry or if you’d just rather not do it yourself, we’re here to help. For a repair that you know will be done right, call Jack’s Glass today.