Recent Topics
Resuing mower oil!
by KMJ1992
19 minutes 20 seconds ago
2015 Audi Q7 Transmission Service
by rooflessVW
40 minutes 3 seconds ago
Curious Questions regarding Engine Wear
by mbacfp
56 minutes 10 seconds ago
Bridgestone Driveguard worked as advertised!
by LeakySeals
Today at 11:30 AM
Renewable Lubricants Inc. Dexos 1 gen 2 SN plus?
by 2James1
Today at 10:52 AM
2017 VW -- mildly cold Air Conditioning
by BAJA_05
Today at 10:50 AM
Lot of New Oil Filters - SF Bay Area/Marin County
by dogememe
Today at 10:38 AM
13 Tundra crank/no start
by pda1122
Today at 10:31 AM
16 CX-5 using oil
by pda1122
Today at 10:06 AM
castrol edge ep 5w-20 ?
by dogememe
Today at 09:41 AM
Bags of MTD 30 weight oil
by Snagglefoot
Today at 09:37 AM
Castrol Edge 0/40 sale/Amazon prime members only
by Bullwinkle007
Today at 09:37 AM
Kart Racing engine oils?
by racin4ds
Today at 09:36 AM
Valvoline 5w40 CK-4 in 2014 F250
by Rocdoc27
Today at 07:43 AM
castrol go m/c oil rated sg and jaso ma2...???
by kmrcstintn
Today at 06:44 AM
2006 Prius - Hybrid Battery Failure
by The Critic
Today at 02:01 AM
amazon missing package. how often?
by WhyMe
Today at 12:15 AM
Filter Minder naysayers!
by ThunderOne
Yesterday at 09:57 PM
Is there a 1 piece 75 Ohm to 300 Ohm coa connector
by daves66nova
Yesterday at 08:46 PM
Help me choose camper wheels
by spasm3
Yesterday at 08:44 PM
Newest Members
bjay, javylsu, Jlb27537, katnapped, Denniso
65501 Registered Users
Who's Online
92 registered (379KITTY, 2015_PSD, 28oz, 2012AccentSE, ae7456t, 10 invisible), 1659 Guests and 34 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
65501 Members
67 Forums
287219 Topics
4791455 Posts

Max Online: 3590 @ 01/24/17 08:07 PM
Donate to BITOG
Topic Options
#4811092 - 07/11/18 09:18 AM WIndshield chip repair
mclasser Offline

Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 2257
Loc: The Northeast
Had a rock chip my windshield, so my insurance company sent out Safelite to patch it for free. After the patching, the chip basically looks the same. According to the Safelite guy, the spider webs will still be present but the patch fills the entry point and prevents further cracking. He said if I'm not happy with the cosmetics, they can always replace the windshield (of course).

I watched some Youtube vids of people using DIY chip repair kits and their results looked much better on chips similar to mine. What gives? Did the Safelite guy halfass the job in the hopes that I'd cave and replace the windshield??
2018 Hyundai Elantra VE -- 3K
2013 Honda Pilot EX-L 4WD -- 55K
2002 Honda Accord EX-L -- 210K

#4811102 - 07/11/18 09:24 AM Re: WIndshield chip repair [Re: mclasser]
SatinSilver Offline

Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10304
Loc: OH
Same thing here and I wouldn't use them again. They filled in a chip on the 05 Matrix. The tech said he pushed so hard on it the chip a few tiny cracks developed around the chip. Which weren't there prior. Short, fat guy that kind of laughed about it. Luckily the chip is in the middle but right at the edge of the passenger side, so out of my site line. But of course passengers see it. My nephew always remarks on it. But it hasn't gotten any worse and this was a few years ago. Kind of ticked me off.

#4811117 - 07/11/18 09:35 AM Re: WIndshield chip repair [Re: mclasser]
double vanos Offline

Registered: 08/05/04
Posts: 1914
Loc: 5600 feet elevation, Arizona
The windshield in my truck has so many cracks, rock hits etc that itd be impossible to count them all. Beings as its a ruined windshield hardly anything hits it anymore. If I were to replace it Im sure itd get 5 rock hits in the first month! Theres a force in the universe that knows where the perfect windshields are and aims for them first.....
Sabine Schmitz is the Queen of the 'Ring; Svetlana Kapanina is the Queen of the SKIES...

#4811118 - 07/11/18 09:35 AM Re: WIndshield chip repair [Re: mclasser]
28oz Online   content

Registered: 04/20/17
Posts: 384
Loc: Utah, USA
I've no experience with actually using Safelite, but their commercials absolutely annoy the carp out of me. So I use other companies, LOL. Maybe have another glass company take a look at it and get their opinion? Seems to me, that a chip should be much less noticeable after filling it.
1990 Nissan 300zx - Castrol Edge Euro 0W-40
2004 Nissan Quest - Pennzoil Platinum Euro 0W-40
2003 Ford Excursion 7.3 PSD - Mobil 1 TDT 5w-40

#4811125 - 07/11/18 09:45 AM Re: WIndshield chip repair [Re: mclasser]
JMJNet Offline

Registered: 09/06/07
Posts: 950
Loc: TX, USA
I suspect, they did not clean/grind all the crack cleanly.
It also depends on the skill of the person who are doing the repair.
They are probably more trained to change the whole windshield but if they cannot do the chip repair, I probably will not let them change my windshield. IMO.
  • 2017 Toyota Sienna
  • 1995 GMC Suburban 6.5L Turbo Diesel

#4811137 - 07/11/18 10:03 AM Re: WIndshield chip repair [Re: mclasser]
The_Nuke Offline

Registered: 07/21/13
Posts: 313
Loc: D/FW Metroplex
I have no experience with the folks you had try to fix your windshield, but I have done the DIY fixes before, and the key to success with that method is the type of crack youre looking to repair. It has to be a bullseye type of crack, otherwise the DIY method does not work.

I suspect the same holds true for even the pros, so if your crack is not a bullseye type, they probably had little chance of success going into it.
2012 Dodge Charger
- R/T with pursuit pkg.
- 5.7L + A5 + 2.65
"'s got cop tires, cop shocks, cop suspension..."

#4811141 - 07/11/18 10:06 AM Re: WIndshield chip repair [Re: mclasser]
kpatter Offline

Registered: 08/26/11
Posts: 63
Loc: texas
I got a rain-x chip repair kit at wally world last weekend for about 10.00. I repaired about 3 dime size chips with that one kit and am very
pleased with the results. I would do it again in a minute. I have Geico and they mentioned safelite but they wanted to charge me 100.00. No thanks...

#4811151 - 07/11/18 10:20 AM Re: WIndshield chip repair [Re: mclasser]
turtlevette Online   shocked

Registered: 12/24/13
Posts: 3649
Loc: Massachusetts
I don't buy that explanation. If you can still see the cracks, they still have air in them. The safety glass has layers of plastic sheet so I've never understood how the resin can get past that on a completely through crack. You'd have to inject from the inside of the windshield as well.

They don't get paid much for these fixes and conversely they will only put so much time and effort into it

A guy with a collector car with correct date coded glass would want them to put some extra effort into it

#4811222 - 07/11/18 11:40 AM Re: WIndshield chip repair [Re: mclasser]
SirTanon Online   content

Registered: 06/23/14
Posts: 2233
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona - USA
I'm surprised you (and SatinSilver) got that poor a level of service from Safelite. I have used them for years, and have always had an amazingly high level of quality service. Maybe they just had a bad batch of new hires.

OP - I'd have them come back out and do it right.
2010 Ford Fusion SE - 2.5 liter/6F35 Trans - 258,000mi
2014 Nissan Altima SL - 2.5 liter/CVT - 55,000mi

#4811267 - 07/11/18 12:21 PM Re: WIndshield chip repair [Re: mclasser]
billt460 Offline

Registered: 03/30/15
Posts: 4547
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
Whenever I get a starburst chip, (the kind that can be filled), I just take the heel of my hand and give the windshield a good solid rap where the chip is from the inside. That will put a good 4" or longer crack in it. Sometimes several. That way it will be replaced and not "repaired" with glue.

Every person I know that has had their windshield "repaired", has ended up having it replaced within a few months, because cracks develop. Especially pickups that are prone to a lot of flexing when they roll over driveway curbs. So I basically finish the job the stone started. That way the job gets done right the first time.

#4811492 - 07/11/18 03:52 PM Re: WIndshield chip repair [Re: mclasser]
dogememe Online   content

Registered: 04/15/17
Posts: 703
I had a local place do a repair on my windshield on the rental Escape. It cost me $75 but they did it the next day and while he remarked that "it was a difficult repair" it came out awesome and it's been perfectly fine since. I think the skill of the individual performing the repair is the biggest variable.
1997 Suburban 5.7 ~214K Miles, VWB 5W-30, VO-55, Personal.
2007 Crown Vic P71 4.6 ~124K Miles, VAS 5W-30, RP 20-820, Personal.
2010 Escape 2.5 ~73K Miles, VAS 5W-30, Wix 51348, Rented on Turo.

#4811594 - 07/11/18 05:35 PM Re: WIndshield chip repair [Re: kpatter]
pbm Offline

Registered: 04/19/04
Posts: 7636
Loc: New York
Originally Posted By: kpatter
I got a rain-x chip repair kit at wally world last weekend for about 10.00. I repaired about 3 dime size chips with that one kit and am very
pleased with the results. I would do it again in a minute. I have Geico and they mentioned safelite but they wanted to charge me 100.00. No thanks...

I got a chip while driving from SW Florida to NY on Rt.4 near Orlando last year...I stopped in Walmart and bought that Rain-X repair kit and applied it the next morning at my hotel parking lot in South Carolina (following the directions precisely). A year and a half later it's still fine (I was lucky that there was no spidering).

I highly recommend that Rain-X kit...
'Journalism is Dead'