Social Distancing and Auto Glass Repair: Steps You Can Take to Remain 6ft Apart and Get Your Auto Glass Fixed.

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Have you been driving around with a cracked windshield during Covid-19? Are you wondering if it’s necessary to get it fixed? The answer is yes. There are plenty of reasons to hold off on a cracked windshield but what if there were steps you could take to stay safe? Contact-free interaction is the new normal and it’s important to know that you can still get these things done and feel safe while driving your vehicle.

The year 2020 is going to be a year to remember. Covid-19 has hit home for millions of people and it is changing the way people live their life. People are being cautious when pumping gas, going to the grocery store, and even going to work. For millions, people have yet to go back to work, and it is a hard reality that has hit us all. 2020 has been tough on everyone, but it doesn’t mean you have to stop doing the things you were comfortable doing before. There are so many steps you can take to maintain social distancing and feel comfortable.

1. Identify the problem area. Does the auto glass need to be replaced or repaired?

It’s easy to find a small crack on your auto glass and say to yourself “it isn’t that bad”, but did you know some cracks can spread and can be dangerous when driving. In some states, it is against the law to drive with a crack in your auto glass that impairs your vision. These are the cracks that should be the first indicator that you need an auto glass replacement. If your auto glass is chipped on the edges of your windshield it isn’t going to be a situation where you need to rush to get your auto glass repaired, but, it’s important to recognize where the damage is and prepare yourself to call a professional and get another opinion.

2. Call and make an appointment: It doesn’t hurt and it’s completely contact-free!

Once you have identified the problem area and you think you are going to need your auto glass replaced or just repaired, call and speak with a professional. If you are uncomfortable, let someone know. Instead of bringing your car in right away, ask if you are able to send pictures, videos, and any other information about the car they may need. This will ensure that you feel safe and it’s still giving them everything they need to move forward.

3. Ask if the professionals can come to you.

There is nothing more relieving than knowing you can stay home and have the professionals come to you. Especially during a time like this. When you are speaking with a professional about an auto glass replacement, ask if this is something they offer.

4. During auto glass repair

Professionals will make sure everything is wiped down before and after your auto glass is replaced. Auto glass installers are extremely familiar with contamination mitigation. They always make sure to reassure customers that they have been practicing virus elimination. Being sanitary is a top priority that not only professionals should practice. It is something for everyone to practice. Refrain from shaking hands and maintain a comfortable distance. 2020 has been a year of realization. Wash your hands, wipe things down, and wear your mask. With all of these elements, you can get any job done.

DIY: How to repair a chip from home…if you’re just not ready to interact with people.

If you aren’t quite ready to interact with others and you’re wanting to fix a small chip in your windshield there is a way to do it yourself.

The first thing you will need to do is purchase a windshield repair kit. These can be found online or at your local auto parts store which will include all of the necessary supplies.

Things you will need:

  • A Mirror to place on the inside of the windshield
  • A Bridge & injector
  • Windshield repair resin
  • Windshield pit filler
  • Plastic curing tab
  • Razor blades
  • A Dremel tool with special glass bit for cracks

DIY: Steps to at home repair

  1. Clean the area with an alcohol pad. Gently scribe out any loose glass that may have been left behind at impact point.
  2. Set your mirror up on the inside of the windshield and center it with the impact point. This will ensure that you will be able to see all angles of the chip and will make it so much easier when repairing your auto glass.
  3. Center your bridge over the area of impact. You want to create a seal over the area of the missing glass.
  4. Once you have created a seal, put up to 8 drops of resin into the injector area.
  5. Use the injector to push the resin into the chip.
  6. Once you have injected the resin into the chip, you should start to see it clear up through the mirror you set up earlier. You can continue to release more resin into the area for about 5-10 minutes. During this time, it is important to keep an eye on the area.
  7. If you are in direct sunlight, be sure to keep the area covered. If you can try and begin the process of repairing your auto glass in a covered or shaded area. It is important to not let the resin cure too early.
  8. After the area and resin has sat for a while, you can remove the bridge.
  9. Fill the pit of the chip. The “pit” is referred to the area where tiny pieces of glass are still missing. By filling in these small tiny chips, it will ensure that your auto glass has a smooth finish. Once you have done this, grab your pit filler and drop a small amount on the impact point and grab a curing tab to place over the repaired chip. Let it cure for a few minutes in direct sunlight.
  10. The final step is to grab a razor blade and scrape off any excess pit filler. Once you have done that, you should have a smooth finish.

It isn’t ideal to have to repair your windshield on your own, but 2020 has left us uncertain about so many things. We hope that these steps can guide you in the right direction. Whichever route you choose to go down, know that your auto glass professionals are a phone call away and can help you with all of your auto glass questions. Auto Glass Doc wants to make 2020 a better and brighter year, let the professionals take care of you

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