Anytime a crack occurs in your windshield, you will want to have the crack repaired as quickly as possible. Temperature extremes and vibrations from your car can cause the crack to grow. If this occurs, your entire windshield may need to be replaced. But, if a crack occurs on your tinted windshield, you may be wondering if the crack can be filled due to the tinting film. Here is some information you need to know if you need a windshield crack filled on a tinted windshield.
Repairing the Crack and the Window Film
In most cases, both your cracked windshield and any damage done to the film can be easily repaired. A small razor blade can cut away window film from the affected area. The crack is then filled in using a glass filler. Once this has set and fully cured, which can take a few days depending on weather elements, the window tint can be repaired. A small piece of window film is cut in the shape that it is currently missing. It is then adhered to the windshield and heated up to minimize the appearance of seams. However, while the seams are minimized, most people can still see them to some extent.
Replacing the Window Film
If your windshield tint is old, in poor condition or if you don't want any seams left behind by a repair, you may opt to have the tint replaced completely after a windshield repair is done. This involves a professional removing all of the windshield tint from your car, repairing any cracks or imperfections in the window and then installing brand new window tint film. Additionally, this may be needed if you have specialized window tinting, like metallic or ceramic tints, rather than films.
If your window was chipped by a rock, the chip needs to be filled in and repaired as quickly as possible. If you are in the greater Minneapolis, MN, area, contact Centennial Auto Glass for all of your vehicle glass repair and replacement needs. They can take a look at your window and determine what needs to be done to fill the crack and prevent it from growing. Schedule an appointment today to ensure further window damage is not done.