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$9.99 DIY Windshield Repair

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by ReversePolarity, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. ReversePolarity

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    Thought I'd share this to the community as I think windshield damage is fairly high on the annoyance as well as cost list. Long story short, the spring on my windshield wiper arm popped out while I was changing wipers about 6 months ago. Fortunately still structurally sound as it didn't spread over 6 months.

    On a whim I decided to contact a few windshield repair companies, and all of them told me that the crack is too close to the edge and that because the area isn't accessible from behind, they can't "heat" the windshield. They advised insurance claim which is a $500 deductible.

    After my yelp search, the phone started flashing me amazon ads for windshield repair kits. Since I was bored, I clicked over to Amazon, checked out some videos, and ordered one on a whim. A minute after amazon delivered it to my office, I decided to walk to the parking lot to play with this "kit"

    20 minutes later.... to my astonishment, the windshield was fixed and crack 99% gone. Check out the pics :)

    Super long post for a windshield repair, it actually works. =X
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  2. bigdave79

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    Link to the kit?
     
  3. David99

    David99 Active Member

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    Awesome. I will give this a try. A rock hit my windshield yesterday and left a spider/star crack. I'n worried I will mess it up, but I watched a few videos and it looks like it's not too hard to do.
     
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    link to kit??
     
  5. David99

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    I just tried it on my screen.
    https://www.amazon.com/Permatex-09103-Windshield-Repair-Kit/dp/B000ALJ4MY/ref=sr_1_5?crid=3SJ3VG53FS0E2&keywords=windshield+repair+kit&qid=1567294423&s=gateway&sprefix=windsh%2Caps%2C212&sr=8-5

    It worked but frankly it was not as good as I was hoping. The resin didn't go all the way into the cracks.
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    I saw a Youtube video of this kit and I believe it would have been more successful in my case as it creates more pressure and might have forced the resin deeper into the cracks.

    https://www.amazon.com/Rain-X-600001-Windshield-Repair-Kit/dp/B00IPS4APU/ref=sr_1_4?crid=3SJ3VG53FS0E2&keywords=windshield+repair+kit&qid=1567294641&s=gateway&sprefix=windsh%2Caps%2C212&sr=8-4
     
  6. ReversePolarity

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    I don't see the one I bought on Amazon anymore so it might be out of stock. From what I read the resin used is temperature dependent, and I left the suction on for a good half an hour (mostly because I forgot about it). It worked decently but the main reason I did a diy was because no windshield place wanted to touch it due to the crack being next to the vin number.
     
  7. akng126

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    Rain X is the best one compared to some others !
     

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