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Car windscreen repairs?

Hi All.

Sadly I got a stone chip (approx 20mm) in my 02 Scenics windscreen. Not sure if it's too big to get repaired or if I want it repaired? Has anyone ever had a stone chip repaired? Does it look like new or leave a blurry blemish? Any ideas on costs for either a repair or a new windscreen?

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Originally Posted by Taipan
Hi All.

Sadly I got a stone chip (approx 20mm) in my 02 Scenics windscreen. Not sure if it's too big to get repaired or if I want it repaired? Has anyone ever had a stone chip repaired? Does it look like new or leave a blurry blemish? Any ideas on costs for either a repair or a new windscreen?

Many thanks.

If you are covered by fully comp insurance the repair will be free, if they can't repair it a new windscreen will cost you your XS, usually about 60. Check with your insurance company who their approved windscreen specialists are, if you don't use who they recommend they will limit how much they pay out. Use their recommended repairer and they will pay for everything( less the XS).

Depends where the chip is if it can be repaired and its size. Repairs are pretty good, it won't be invisible but will be better than a big chip.

Go to your local Autoglass or RAC windscreen branch or similar, they will have a look anf give a free assessment.

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Just resurrecting this old thread because I've just had a chip repaired. It's the first time I've had this done - normally, I ignore stone chips and just wait for the biggy that turns into a crack. But this one was right at eye level, dead-ahead from the driving position, so I thought I'd get it sorted.

The result is definitely much improved, but I'd be lying if I said it was invisible. It looks like a small water mark on the windscreen, even though the area is clean. I'm wondering if this is typical for the repair. If not, is it something peculiar to the athermic windscreen (maybe they've drilled through the special coating) or have they not done the job properly?

So any input from anyone who's had a chip repaired, especially on an athermic windscreen, would be welcome. Out of interest, they told me that anything smaller than a pound coin is repairable, though if it's right in the field of vision, it should preferably be smaller than a 5p.
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The secret to a good window repair is to have it done as soon as possible after the chip appears.I used to do windscreen repairs,and if the correct procedure is used and the chip is recent,then an invisable repair is more than acheivable.If the chip is left,then over time moisture and dirt gets into it and a good repair is more difficult to carry out.

We have various companies come to us to repair chips in screens that have failed the MOT,and on the whole the repairs have been poor.The main thing that they do is they don't polish the repair afterwards which means you can see the opaque area of the repair left by the top layer of filler.It seems as though they are so obsessed with getting the repair done quickly,that they can't be bothered to do a proper job.

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I have had a repair in the Espace windscrren repaired twice by autoglass ...3 months later it just falls out again .... although they assure me the repair wont get any worse as the repair to the glass will have stopped it spreading its just the filler medium thats not adhering ....

Horatio, it is an athermic windscreen and apart from seeing the crack from some angles of view the repair is fairly invisible .... no bloom ar anything like that .

Hope it helps

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