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Old 06-19-2012, 10:26 AM   #1
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Has anybody had any luck with windshield repairs?

I have about five rock chips in my windshield and I am afraid that one or more may develop into a crack. I am thinking of taking the coach to a glass shop and having them do a resin repair on all of the chips. I'm just wondering if this is a good solution?
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:19 AM   #2
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Do yourself a favor, GET THOSE CHIPS REPAIRED ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!! I've had the unfortunate chance of twice having chips in an otherwise, flawless windshield. The first was out in the middle of no where and a truck going the opposite direction, flipped a rock and chipped the drivers side just in the shaded area towards the top. When we were camping two days later, there was a company replacing a windshield in the campground where where we were staying at the time.

I stopped by and asked if they repaired chips. Yep, they said and sent the female supervisor over to our rig. She looked at it and said, $50.00 and that I would not notice the chip when she was done. I said go for it. Well, she was absolutely correct. That chip, a fair sized one, all but disappeared.

Well, I picked up another chip, a few months later, very close to the plastic fascia on the passenger side. Well, I procrastinated and dwelled on buying a chip repair kit and doing it myself. I did that for three weeks. The day I was going to cruise on over to the auto parts store and pick up the most highly reviewed repair kit, I walked out to get something out of the motor home and that chip, had turned into a crack, and had traveled about 13" in one night. And, no one was ever near that motor home.

So, I was so displeased with myself for dragging this situation out, I was sick. I immediately thought well, here comes a $1000.00 bill for a new windshield. Well, it was suggested either here or on another forum to have that "crack" repaired. I was not aware they could do that. So, I called a local shop, semi-close to where we live, and asked about it. They said they can almost make the crack disappear and, that they guaranteed it will not travel. The cost, $100.00 and that was for travel time too.

So, I let them come up and do the fix, at our home. He was there over an hour and, all I can say is, YES!!!!!! You can barely see the crack, and it has not traveled at all, and that was months ago.

So, my point, pick your repair company, most are good, you can do it yourself because they have some very good quality kits out there with very detailed instructions. But, DO IT SOON. The reason, like stated, it can turn into a crack, at any time, and, the longer you wait, the more contaminated the chips become and the repair quality is compromised.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:05 PM   #3
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Chips

I agree, do it fast or it may well spread.
Good to know you can also do a crack.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:15 PM   #4
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Had a fair sized chip in van ws. Procrastinated and a drive down a lumpy, bumpy, rocky road cost me a new ws. The torgueing of the body did it in.
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:44 PM   #5
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Had mine done over a week ago. Can't see the repair and time will tell if it holds. Done in my driveway and only $69. Guaranteed for life.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:34 PM   #6
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Insurance usually pays for the chip repairs. I had them done on three cars and my MH, had three chips repaired. All lasted as long as I owned the vehicles and all were done where I was parked (not at a shop) and were free to me.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:19 PM   #7
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I have about five rock chips in my windshield and I am afraid that one or more may develop into a crack. I am thinking of taking the coach to a glass shop and having them do a resin repair on all of the chips. I'm just wondering if this is a good solution?
Have them done by a professional. The chip must be cleaned and evacuated of all debris that may be in it and my need to be drilled before the repair material goes in. I have had several fixed in my MH by professionals except for one. A guy in the rv park was going around looking for work. It was the only repair that didn't work because he didn't do it properly. Cost me $500 deductable a year later. Don't try it yourself either. Leave it to the pros. Most insurance companies will cover it for free. Do it right away and don't procrastinate.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:30 PM   #8
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I HAD A NICE BIG STONE CHIP IN MY WINDSHIELD. CALLED SAFELITE AUTO GLASS, AND THEY CAME RIGHT TO THE HOUSE AND REAIRED IT. CAN'T EVEN TELL WHERE IT WAS. I'M THINKG THAT IT WAS ONLY AROUND $ 75.00, IT'S BEEN ABOUT A YEAR NOW AND STILL ALL GOOD. KIND OF SCARY TO WATCH
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:21 AM   #9
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We had a stone chip in our windshield repaired in 2007. It's still holding fine and is almost invisible.
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I just had a couple of stars replaced. I even had a long crack repaired. In the right light, you can see it, but it sure beats having to replace the glass!
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:58 AM   #11
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Had two chips repaired by professionals and I did one myself with a kit I bought.

I won't use the kit again, didn't come out too good.

I was told by the repair people it is important to get them fixed within a week or so.
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Didn't know the cracks were able to be fixed, but good to know. Thanks
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:35 AM   #13
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Thanks folks...I had mine repaired yesterday. Cost me $220.00 as I had five pretty good dings and cracks, but each half of a new windshield is about $1500.00. The company that did it (Safelite) said it's guaranteed for life, but their "guarantee" is only to reduce the cost of a new windshield by whatever you had already paid to have the cracks fixed. Oh well, I hope it holds.
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:27 PM   #14
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Another thing they can do is re-ferb your WS. My wife's Mustang WS was so glazed up you could barely see out of it. They came and polished it and now it looks like new. She had a wiper go bad once and it really messed up the glass.
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