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Old 11-22-2011, 09:33 AM   #1
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Tiny chip.. repair or let it be?

I found a tiny chip. It is probably smaller than a pin head ... maybe half the size. I only found it washing the windshield and it's hard to find unless you know where to look.
Should I worry about it?

I was trying to decide if I should try a DIY kit or wait to see if it gets larger. I think it'
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Sounds more like sandblasting. Unless the "chip" has cracks emanating from it (that's how the resin gets in and takes hold), it can not be repaired and does not need to be repaired. Tiny surface divots with no cracking pose no threat to continue to grow. I have had an old toad that had hundreds of those.
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Old 11-22-2011, 10:09 AM   #3
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Get it fixed.. In many cities there is an outfit that goes around "Free Windshield chip repair" Drive up and say "HI". (you find them operating out of a van or mini-van in a parking lot somewhere.. They are usually pushing something.. I do not know what)

A DIY kit is ok too. but get it fixed pronto.
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Old 11-22-2011, 10:41 AM   #4
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Dab a little clear nail polish on it to thwart spidering.

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Old 11-22-2011, 10:46 AM   #5
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Walmart has a chip repair for about $10.00,fixed mine where you can't find it.
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Old 11-22-2011, 10:51 AM   #6
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I have never heard the nail polish remedy---sounds cosmetic, but it may work----to be safe I think just have one of the companies mentioned fill it with resin. Even then there is no real guarantee---but I have a number of cracks and pits on my windshield and have had them all treated and so far no cracking.
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Most insurance companies will pay the cost of getting one of the "portable windshield repair guys" to come out and fix it at your home, no cost to you. I have had mine done many times on various vehicles! Good luck!
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Free windshield repair does not mean "Free" in the sense of the word.

It means free to you because they will use your insurance company policy to get their money. Now, hopefully the insurance will not go up due to a claim. I have heard that some insurance companies will not pay for chip repair. It used to be that they would, but there are to many "Free" claims. It is costing them big bucks.
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If it is just a small chip with no "spider" lines coming from it, seems that you would be ok. If it is a "bullseye" from a rock or something, get it fixed.
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If it is as tiny as a pinhead or smaller, I would either leave it alone or fill it with a DYI kit. Many commercial chip repair outfits will grind a small crater at the site of the chip to ensure the resin will pentrate but will leave that crater unfilled. I will not accept that, especially if it is in the area swept by the wipers since the edge of the crater will cause the wiper to wear. I've used chip repair kits before with success and I did not leave an unfilled crater so I don't understand why the commercial outfits can't or won't fill the crater.
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No bullseye/cracks as it is tiny. I'll check into the diy kit at wallyworld, I suppose it can't hurt to try.
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Most insurance companies will pay the cost of getting one of the "portable windshield repair guys" to come out and fix it at your home, no cost to you. I have had mine done many times on various vehicles! Good luck!
That was my experience too.
Avoid the DIY kits, IMO they are money wasted. I used one, exactly per directions. The small chipped place looked good for about a month then began spider-webbing. I took my truck to an auto glass repair shop for a proper repair. It was too late. Only solution, a new windshield. My $500 deductible insurance, paid ~$150 more. The technician said "once you use a DIY kit, we cannot overlay it with our method." I'm on my third windshield in the truck_.
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Krazy Glue on the Tiny "Pit" works as well as those DIY Kits! Dab some on ,let dry then use a Rasor Blade to remove the lump!
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Let it be.....Wait for it to crack badly (or beat on it until it does) and then let your insurance company buy you a new windshield. Why would I have some guy put glue right there in my field of view when my insurance is setup to pay for this kind of damage (in most cases at no cost/low cost to the owner).
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