A car’s windscreen can become chipped and cracked through normal driving, and, according to the RAC, driving with a cracked windscreen is a motoring offence. Why? Even a small crack can obscure your vision and therefore pose a danger to yourself and other motorists.
The Highway Code states that all vehicle glass should be maintained in a good condition and drivers could be considered liable should they get into an accident. This can lead to the charge of a more serious driving offence, including a fixed penalty of three points on the licence and a fine.
Yet, despite this it’s not uncommon for motorists to fail to book their car into a garage to have its windscreen repaired promptly, continuing to drive around with a cracked windscreen. This factor alone could cause a car to fail its MOT.
Esprit Pro windscreen repair resin is a high-quality UV windscreen repair resin that will seamlessly repair cracked windows – fully compliant to BS EU 251:1994 Class A standards and Australia and New Zealand standard AS/NZ 2366.2:1999 Category C standards.
Different Kinds of Resin
Different companies use different types of resin to repair the varying degrees of windscreen damage. Deep cracks or significant chips and breaks will need to be repaired with a thicker concentrate of liquid. Slight cracks or smaller chips can usually be repaired with a thinner consistency of resin.
If you’re in any doubt over the consistency of the resin you need, it’s advised that you use a thicker resin. This will penetrate deeper into your windscreen’s chip or crack and leave as close to a seamless finish as possible.
Most consumer resin kits contain low viscosity resin. Whereas they may be adept at fixing minor chips and scratches, they are not proficient in fixing large, deep chips. Professional resin kits, like Esprit Pro, however, can repair deeper windscreen chips making them perfect for the professional repairer.
Depending on the size of the windscreen repair resin you choose, typically, 2ml of resin will repair up to 10 chips and scratches. 50ml of resin will repair as many as 250 windscreens.
Performance and Longevity
Consumer kit resin is typically thin. Though such resin could be perfectly fine in fixing minor windscreen blemishes, large, deep chips will require a professional, thicker consistency resin.
Some cheaper resins also appear initially to do a good job of repairing, but the resin hasn’t penetrated fully into the break, leaving the windscreen weaker than before. Because Esprit resin is tested to the British Standard, you know that the resulting repair has been tested to the standard of a new windscreen.
This also means that the repair will last as long as the windscreen does with no discolouration, which can happen with cheaper resins.
How to Apply Resin
To apply the resin, you’ll need a specialised repair system to ensure that the resin penetrates even the tiny cracks around the break, whilst removing any air from the break. If air is left in the break it can cause a weaker repair as the resin cannot fully penetrate. Most resins, including Esprit Pro resin require exposure to UV or LED light for the resin to harden.
Curing time for the resin depends on a number of factors, the most important being the type of lamp used. Esprit resin will cure fully in 75 seconds with the LED lamp. Most repair kits will give you an indication of the length of time needed for the resin or harden. Don’t forget, you mustn’t touch the resin whilst it’s setting as at this stage it’s still in its liquid form.
Does Windscreen Repair Resin Work?
Absolutely. However, not all kits and resin are created equal. Some cheaper repair kits are designed to disguise the appearance of chips and cracks and prevent them growing larger. Most, especially non-professional windscreen repair kits, do not fix any underlying windscreen weaknesses nor are they capable of fixing deeper chips or scratches.
Remember too, the best results are only achieved when the repair is dealt with as soon as possible. The longer you wait to fix and chips or cracks on your windscreen, the more likely they’ll grow and worsen, and could result in you having to pay for a costly windscreen replacement.
Esprit Pro windscreen repair resin is one of the most effective resins on the market today. Trusted by repairers across the UK and worldwide, it can seamlessly resolve significant chips and scratches, making your vehicle safe to drive.
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