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Windscreen Repair

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Dazza, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. Before this post gets deleted my moderation

    Has anyone had there car windscreens repaired at all. I remember that windscreens can be fixed if the crack/chip is tiny.

    I have a small crack and just wondering if its worth it at all.

    Cheers :cool:
  2. A silicon plug can be inserted to prevent a crack from getting worse - ie spreading to an edge, compromising the seal, requiring new windscreen.

    This doesn't make the crack go away - just stops it getting worse.
    So yes: if you have a small crack that does not leak OR affect your visibility and you are happy to have it left there; you may be able to have the windscreen 'repaired' rather than replaced.

    This information is based on talking to the windscreen guy when he plugged a crack in the screen of the family Commodore on the way back from QLD about... 10 years ago :p

    *after 3.8 seconds of googling*

    So whaddaya know - they CAN make some cracks etc go away
  3. yeah the crack is about the size of a 5 cent coin not a biggy but i have had cracks left un-attended to watch them grow.

    I know of the principle of fixing them, just wanting to know if anyone has had this done and does it fix the prob long term.

    Cheers :cool:
  4. hey Dazza had a few fixed over the years and yep no worries at all. Although I don't keep cars for more than a couple of years, boring bloody things they are! :LOL: :LOL:
  5. thanks mate, thats good enough for me :grin:

    Now to find a local bloke to weave his magic

    Cheers :cool:
  6. I bought a car in NSW, then had to drive it back to Melb, crack from a stone flicked up on the way home down the Hume.

    Couldn't get a VIC roadworthy on it with the crack, so got it fixed.. Passed RWC no probs .. I can't even find where the crack was now. Cost about $80 ( I think ) 4mths back at Windscreens Obrien.

  7. Had 2 of them done - one of them twice in different spots. Well worth, and of course a lot cheaper than replacement. If the crack - and thus repair - is in within the sweep/path of the windscreen wipers, then the crack makes it unroadworthy, regardless of repair/patch or not. Because of this, some windscreen places will refuse to patch it if it's in the wipers sweep.
  8. Thanks for all the input guys much appreciated. Yeah I am lucky its outside the wiper range (just) but was a little nervous to go down this road as i never tried it in the past and never knew anyone who had.

    Cheers :cool:
  9. You could try NOVUS, too, they started out making a specialty of fixing chips and scratches.......
  10. We just replaced the windscreen in the Jackaroo - $200.

    Claimed it on our RACV insurance, they will replace one a year with no effect to our policy. :grin:
  11. New screen under $200 for most cars. Repair about $80- $100. I would not consider a repair unless the screen was worth $500. The resin they use to repair will break down with UV so will be visible after a while. Chances are that your screen will be sand blasted anyway. We repair the screens on used cars sometimes as we are charged $60 at trade and they will fix a couple of chips for that price.
  12. I use sticky tape. :)

    I don't think it's legal but it seems to stop the crack getting bigger (unless you carry a big arse canadian canoe on a magna down a cattle track at speed). :oops: :LOL: