Originally Posted by Clayobx
Thank you Gruelens for your knowledgable insight. I have a very small 1/8th inch very shallow chip that has been there approx 8 to 9 months. Would you recommend repair or monitor it, which I have done it is no larger, or have safelite repair it now? Thanks for your reply!
It is impossible to give a good diagnosis without seeing the damage. I wish I had a better answer for you. If it is 1/8" it may just be surface pit and they do not get bigger. They are just a small amount of glass has been removed leaving a crater in the glass. The main problem with these is the wiper has to go over an unsmooth surface. I used to smooth them over and make them flush for free while doing a repair to the customers glass. If the area has any star legs visible there is a much greater chance of it getting worse. Unfortunately, as I stated before, it is glass and it is not sitting on a concrete foundation so anything can happen. A good repair tech will look at it for free and let you know your options.
As you can imagine, windshield repair is like many other professions. There are many that do great work and others that are good only at collecting the money. As a result, the latter give the rest a bad name.
Class A windshields are especially prone to chips and cracks. They are very large vertical pieces of glass traveling at highway speed. When an object strikes them they absorb all the energy, not just a glancing blow as in a slanted car windshield. In addition, we now have one piece panoramic glass in motorhomes. The view is great, but the large glass is subject to a lot of strain, especially in coaches manufactured with economy frame structure.
There have been a lot of improvements in windshield repair in the last decade, both in material used and technique. It is nice to have the option of a good repair vs. replacement.