Which Types of Auto Glass Nicks Can Be Fixed?

June 25, 2018 6:15 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you get a chip or nick in your windshield, you might be wondering whether or not you can fix it without having to replace the entire piece of glass. The most important factors in determining whether you can repair the glass rather than replacing it are the size of the chip and where it’s located.

For example, if the damage extends all the way to the windshield’s edge, it becomes much more likely you’ll need a replacement, because this will potentially compromise the structural integrity of the glass. This is also true if the chip is within the driver’s primary field of vision, because there will be an unavoidable amount of distortion resulting from the fix.

There are several basic types of damage, each of which have their own standards for windshield repair in Oklahoma City, OK:

  • Bullseye: This type of damage has a sort of separated cone in the outer layer of glass that causes a dark circle where there’s a clear impact point. It can be repaired as long as the diameter is an inch or smaller, there’s no dirt in the head and it’s not in the driver’s field of vision.
  • Combination break: This type of breakage has varying characteristics. It might resemble a star inside of a bullseye, or be a chip that has several cracks (short or long) that come directly from the damage. Usually you can fix these types of cracks, so long as the diameter of the body of the crack (excluding any “legs” or subsurface breaks) is no longer than two inches.
  • Simple crack: The simple crack is a single line of separation that usually starts from a clear point of impact. The crack can spread over time in some weather conditions. You can usually fix the crack if it is less than 14 inches in length and does not extend into the driver’s field of vision.
  • Half-moon crack: The half-moon crack is also referred to as a “partial bullseye,” as it resembles a half moon in shape. You’ll typically be able to repair it without much trouble so long as it’s an inch or less in diameter.
  • Star break: Another common type of crack with a clear impact point or break, the star break is a kind of crack that has damage with a series of legs that extend out from the central breaking point in a star-like manner. You may or may not be able to fix this star break if the diameter is less than three inches and it’s not in the field of vision, but this kind of break is a little more complicated to repair.
  • Surface pit: This nick in the glass does not penetrate to the plastic interlayer, and can actually result from normal wear and tear. You can fix it if the diameter is more than an eighth of an inch—but if damage is extensive, you might need a replacement.

Otherwise, any time there is damage that penetrates the inside layer of the glass, you’ll need to get a replacement. For more information about windshield repair in Moore, OK, contact Eagle 1 Autoglass today.

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