Do Windshield Repairs Show Their Age?

Here’s the scenario. You are performing a windshield repair for a customer when you notice an older repair that does not look as crystal clear as it should. On closer inspection, you see that the pit of the repair has deteriorated slightly. What happened and how can you use this situation to your advantage?

The fact is that after a period of time the pit of even the most perfect repair may begin to show signs of age. How long this takes depends on the quality of resin that was used and the conditions to which the repair has been exposed. Weather, owner care, car wash brushes, and a myriad of other factors can all affect how well repair ages. The simple fact is that because the resin is acrylic material, dirt and weather may eventually erode the surface making it look unpolished. So what can you do?

First, deterioration of the pit in no way affects the strength of the windshield or the quality of the underlying repair; it just doesn’t look as nice as it once did. The fix is simple. Make sure the pit is clean by using a probe to scrape away any dirt, debris, or discolored resin from the surface. A drill and an FG2 carbide bur may also be used to clean up the surface of the pit area. The pit area should now be white and clean. Brush away any debris and apply a drop of MagniBond resin to make sure all the fine scratches are filled in, then apply a drop of Premium Pit Resin or Premium Pit Plus and a curing tab. Cure the resin for about one minute, scrape, polish and you’re done. The result should be the pit area looks as good as it did when it was originally completed. This is the same way you would repair a surface pit in someone’s windshield.

Due to the low cost and amount of time involved in restoring a windshield repair, you may decide to offer the service free of charge to people. This is a great way to go the extra mile in terms of customer service and earn repeat business.

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