Frequently Asked Questions
A single chip usually takes about 30 minutes to repair properly but may take a little longer if there is water in the break or it is a complex break. Additional chips add about an extra 10 minutes per chip to the repair time as we are able to work on more than one chip at a time.
There are different size restrictions for different types of breaks and in different areas on the windscreen. These are shown in the New Zealand Standard AS/NZS2366.1
Yes, your vehicle will need to be kept dry whilst a windscreen is fitted or a chip or crack is repaired as even the slightest amount of moisture will greatly affect both a repair and the bond of a replacement windscreen. When replacing bonded windscreens we will need enough room to be able to open both front doors and have enough covered space to set up the new windscreen on a trestle to prepare it for bonding in.
Although some repairs are very difficult to see all repairs will still be visible to some degree. A number of things will determine how visible the repair will be and they are the amount of fracturing within the break and how much contamination there is from dirt, water and other fluids. The sooner a repair is done the better it will look. In most cases around 80% to 90% of what is visible before the repair will not be visible afterwards. It is impossible to get a totally invisible repair.
A properly repaired chip or crack will normally restore the glass back to at least 90% of its original strength.