Whether you’re just getting started with chip repair or you’re a regular, professional repairer, it’s helpful to review these points to make sure you’re getting the best out of your windscreen repair kit.
DO’s for Windscreen Chip Repair
- Watch the training video online before you start
- Allow the screen to cool in the shade before you start if you’re working on a hot day outside
- Use a bonnet cover to protect the car you’re working on
- Make sure you wear the safety goggles to protect your eyes when you’re using the drill and the LED lamp
- Wear gloves or a barrier cream
- Carefully measure how much resin you’re using. Each repair only uses 0.2ml which is marked on the syringe.
- Use the torch to check for air bubbles
- Use the UV shield if you’re repairing outside
- Store your resin inside or in the shade on a warm day
- Take your time with each stage – allow the resin to penetrate every crevice
- Remember to use a smear of gel on the bridge sucker – this ensures a perfect suction, and also enables you to make small corrections to the placement of the bridge
- Clean your injectors and syringe after use with a paper towel – these are reusable.
Don’ts for Chip Repairs
- Go too hard with the drill – careful application with the drill resting on your hand will prevent the drill from going through to the laminate. Short bursts are the best.
- Leave your resin in the sun – it will start to cure inside the bottle
- Use anything other then the Esprit heater to warm the screen – a lighter may cause the small cracks to fuse, preventing resin ingress
- Jab the syringe into the resin bottle – this will break the seal. Gently insert the needle and upend the bottle to draw out the correct amount
- Over tighten the male injector – watch carefully and closely, using the mirror to check that you don’t blow the seal