Everyone knows how fragile glass windows are. They easily crack or chip when objects are thrown, knocked or accidentally dropped over them. While most people decide on replacing the glass because it seems it can no longer be repaired, there are ways that you can repair the glass windows on your own. Follow the steps below to return your glass to its rightful shape. This is a post by the team at Bennett Glass Repair.
- Your first step to repairing your glass is to think about whether it is worth repairing it. It is quite obvious that a shattered glass or glass windows that have suffered a lot of damage should only be left at the hands of a professional, the ones that are capable of returning it exactly to how it was when it was first installed. If the piece of glass is less valuable like an insert or inlay in a coffee table, it may be time to think of replacing it. You can find a local custom glass company or a glass repair shop that will handle or even provide you with a new glass piece that matches exactly the appearance of your own glass window, including the dimension and style at a low cost.
- If your glass window only suffered minimal damage, you should get yourself or acquire a glass repairing kit. Since glass shelves and tables have flat and smooth surfaces, a chipped repair for glass windows can easily be done. These repair kits can be purchased at an auto parts shop or the automotive section at a large retail store or even in a couple of hardware stores.
- Make sure that you have enough bridges and resin prepared together with the glass repair kit in order to repair all the chips and cracks that are found with the glass. After you have gathered all the necessary supplies, you need to evaluate the glass and take out the excess debris. Make sure that you exercise extreme caution. Use a thick textured cleaning cloth and wear gloves so that you can avoid cutting yourself against the sharp edges. Make sure that the glass is thoroughly dry before you proceed.
- There are an instruction that comes with your glass repair kit and apply the needed amount of resin or vinyl in order to attack the broken glass pieces. There should also be instructions on how you can apply a bridge to the broken glass. These bridges are in a form of suction cups that come with screws within the center and also have metal bars that are attached to each. You will have to be careful in applying pressure in accordance to the filler that is used.
After you have repaired the glass, be on the lookout for any excess resin or vinyl out of the glass. To remove them, use a razor blade. You need to wait for the right amount of time before you can remove the excess resin or vinyl. This only depends on the kind of repair kit you bought. Consult the shop for any instructions regarding the time frame needed to remove the excess material.