Can You Repair Your Own Windshield

The Windshield Repair Kit

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You see windshield repair kits on the shelf claiming to repair rock chips and other damage in 15 minutes, but do any of them really work? Is it possible to repair a windshield yourself? We'd all love to say I can fix my own windshield, so we tested the product to see whether you can do it.

Testing the Kit

We opened the kit and checked it out. It seemed pretty comprehensive. There were very specific tools, albeit made cheaply out of plastic, to use for each step.

A lot of other packaged repair kits you can buy, regardless of what they fix, are incomplete without letting you know ahead of time. You open it up ready to make the repair only to discover you're missing the half pint of Yak's milk called for in the mix. This windshield repair kit contained everything you need to make the repair, even a razor blade. This was reassuring right away, at least they took the kit seriously when they were putting it together.

Sure, the kit's very complete, but that doesn't mean that it's not a fancy gimmick. It was time to put it to the test, and one of the trucks at the shop had a fresh, round chip in the windshield thanks to the stream of gravel that poured from a family of trailered ATVs.

We gathered the suction cups and specialized pressure pushers and went to work. The instructions were pretty good, too, explaining each tool and how to use it. The whole process took about 10 minutes total.

The last step is to peel away a sheet of clear plastic to check the results. Much to our surprise, the rock chip had vanished! The windshield was so clear that we couldn't find the repaired section to take a picture. As with any repair kit of this sort, it has limitations, but with patience and persistence, you can save a lot of money by repairing your own windshield.

Ready to repair your own windshield? Use our step-by-step windshield repair guide to make the job easier!