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Tech Tip: Repairs in the Cold

Our tech tip this month comes to you from Santa Clause himself. He reached out to us the other day with an issue regarding his sleigh’s windshield. Apparently some of the reindeer were messing around, and a rock happened to bounce up and hit his windshield, causing a star break. He wasn’t too happy, but luckily Mrs. Clause had bought him a Delta Kits windshield repair system last year for Christmas for just this type of occasion.2017 12 TechTip

His question: How cold is too cold for a repair? And what resin works best in cold weather?

Folks, we get these questions a lot, and since we’re in the winter season, this is applicable to all windshield repair technicians even if you’re conducting your repairs in warmer weather or indoors (your best option).

The optimal glass temperature range is between 70 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and Delta Kits recommends keeping your resin temperature within 10 degrees of the glass temperature, so when doing repairs in the 35 to 70 degree range, be aware that it may take longer for the resin to flow into tight star breaks and cracks. The best practice is to warm the glass and the resin to the optimal temperature range whenever possible. Ideally bringing the vehicle indoors is best but not always practical. Using the vehicle’s defrost and a hair dryer to warm the outside of the glass are also good options

As far as the best resin to use in cold weather, Premium Bond 20 is an all temperature resin and is ultra-flexible, making it an excellent choice for cold weather repairs.

And there you have it – the key to making your repairs as good as Santa himself.

Let us know if you have any more questions! And no, unfortunately we can’t put you in touch with Santa.

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