Windscreen Repair FAQ
What happens if I ignore a windscreen chip? Will it get bigger?
If you ignore a windscreen chip it can only get worse, the question is when?
We have known chips to last for years and other times only minutes. To avoid replacement, the smart choice is to have your windscreen damage repaired quickly.
Further windscreen chips collect moisture, dirt and debris, which contaminate the damaged area. If left untreated, this will compromise the clarity of the chip should you decide to repair it months later.
Finally when the windscreen is exposed to the sun or heat in general, it greatly increases the chance the damage will spread.
I have some windscreen patches. This will stop the damage from getting worse right?
No, windscreen repair patches when placed over the damaged will not prevent spreading. They are at best used to keep a chip free from contamination by preventing moisture from entering the chip, but are not necessary.
The truth is they are simply bits of clear sticky tape. The main purpose of patches is for marketing, you will often find they have phone numbers printed on them.
The best thing you can do is have your windscreen repaired as soon as possible. The longer you leave it the more chance the damage will deteriorate.
How long will a windscreen repair last?
A high quality repair that has been successful should last for a lifetime. However, if your vehicle is exposed to long hours of harsh direct sunlight, then the chip repair can discolor over time. Although this can take several years if a good quality resin is used.
Service 8® uses high performance professional repair resin, so the best results can be expected. Even if the repair does discolor over time the damage will still be stable and will not crack.
Will the windscreen chip be invisible when it's repaired?
You will still be able to see where the chip is after the repair. This is because the chip is actually still there, just less visible due to the resin injection. That said, the visibility of the chip will be dramatically reduced. See the comparison.
The clarity of the chip depends how old the chip is and if it has been contaminated. Even if the windscreen chip has been contaminated it may still be repaired, however the end result may not be as clear as it could have been if you had got it repaired immediately.
Are all stone chips the same?
No, all stone chips and cracks are unique and require a different approach to repair them.
We use manual operated windscreen repair systems from Delta Kits USA.
These professional systems are able to fix larger stone chips in more places on your windscreen. This means you have an increased chance of repairing your windscreen.
How much does a windscreen repair cost?
Some companies charge over $150.00 for a windscreen repair. However, Service 8® charges $99.00 for repairs with free mobile service for the Tweed Heads and local surrounding areas.
Additional repairs in the same visit are charged at $29.00.