Economical cut to length curing tape works on flat or curved glass. Thick Lay-Flat Curing Tape, customize to the length to fit the glass repair job. 100-foot roll of flexible easy-to-tear tape.
1.50″ x 100′ x 0.001″ (1.0 MIL)
Tech Tip – Terminating Long Cracks
Recently, there has been some debate on the forum about how to terminate long cracks and if they are worth the attempt to repair. Delta Kits follows ROLAGS (Repair of Laminated Auto Glass Standards) in all areas of windshield repair repairing damage, which recommends that any piece of glass with damage longer than six inches (the size of a dollar bill) should be replaced and not repaired. ROLAGS is a set of standards and guidelines, not a set of laws or rules that require obedience. With that said, cracks over six inches can be repaired, but most insurance companies only cover cracks up to six inches.
What are the benefits of doing the long crack repair? Many technicians are afraid of attempting to fix long cracks; therefore, there is a market for doing these types of repairs. However, there are a couple of things to be aware of when fixing long cracks. The crack will never completely disappear, though many times the customer expects it to. It cannot be stressed enough that expectations need to be established with the customer before the repair is started. Fixing cracks takes more resin and more time, which means that most technicians need to charge more for long crack repair. Check with your customer’s insurance company to make sure they will cover the cost. If they do not, then your customer will need to pay out of pocket. Be sure to thoroughly explain your payment policy and cosmetic expectations before performing any long crack repair.
When terminating a long crack, first make sure the windshield is between 70-100 degrees; this step is essential because long cracks are volatile and unpredictable. Check for moisture and clean out the pit using your scribe. The end of the crack is not always where it appears to be, so it is significant to find where the crack actually ends. Do this by using your scribe to gently flex the glass while watching carefully for any movement that will help you locate the very end. Often you will find that the crack is longer than it appears when you are not flexing the glass; take a marker and make a mark… Continue Reading
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