Rock Chip FAQs
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What does a rock chip look like?
A rock chip is usually
round or star shaped and may have lines radiating from
the center. It has a black or silver color to it. Hint:
If your rock chip looks like a white speck in the glass
and has no dark areas, then this should not be repaired.
It is only a nick.
What caused my rock chip to appear?
Normally a rock chip appears
after a rock or other flying road debris hits your windshield.
Should I have my rock chip repaired?
In almost all cases you
should have it repaired unless the rock chip is in the
driverís line of sight, is over one year old or it has
already been repaired. After the rock chip appears,
do not put anything on the windshield except water or
window cleaner. You may be tempted to apply cleansers,
rain repellents, soap, baby oil, foreign chemicals,
glue, garlic juice, vinegar and finger nail polish,
but these products will only make it more difficult to repair.
We can repair rock chips
from the size of a Pea up to the size of a Quarter and
in some cases up to the size of a Silver Dollar. As
long as the glass missing from the center of the rock
chip is less than the end of pencil eraser, we can do
the rock chip repair.
Will my rock chip disappear when repaired?
Will my rock chip ever form a crack?
Your rock chip should become
noticeably clearer when repaired. However, clarity is
dependent upon the size, age, amount of glass missing
from the center and the quantity of fragmented glass
within the break. Note: chemicals applied to the rock
chip may prevent the windshield repair resin from adhering
to the glass.
The possibility of your rock chip forming into a crack is greater now if not
repaired. But if you repair the rock chip before it
turns into a crack it will not spread under normal conditions.
A rock chip could form a crack if there is a drastic
change in temperature (ex. washing you car on a very
hot day with cold water) or if internal or external
stress occurs to the windshield.
Can you repair when windshield is wet?
In the months of May thru September the sun UV Rays
are at it strongest here in Houston, TX. If your windshield
has gotten wet please, allow your vehicle to set in
direct sunlight for 3 hours prior to repair. The rest
of the year may take several days to a week depending
on the weather. Please note there is always a chance
your chip can spread into a crack while drying in
the sunlight. However, if there is any water in the
break thatís not visible by the technician then the
repair may appear more visible. In most cases the
rock chip damaged area will turn milky white forever
when water is in the break.
How long does it take to repair?
Typically it takes about
30 minutes but could take an hour depending on the individual
rock chip being repaired.
How much for a rock chip repair?
How much for a rock chip repair?
If it is smaller than a Dime 10¢, it would cost $49.95 and Nickle 5¢ to Quarter 25¢ Size $54.95 anything larger that is repairable would
should cost $59.95 For additional chips price may vary. See store for pricing.
*For long crack repair see FAQ Cracks.
What is your warranty on rock chip repair?
Should a crack spread further
than the original end points, a refund shall be given
upon inspection. This windshield is guaranteed against
defective material or workmanship as long as the present
owner continues to own this vehicle.