Best Windshield Repair Kits: Pane in the Glass

Top 8 Best Windshield Repair Kits

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You’re on the way home from work, minding your own business, when *bang* that service truck you’ve been following for the last 10 miles flicks up a rock which impacts yer car’s windshield. Great; just great (let’s see if I can get the TNG clip timing right this time).

But all is not lost (except for that chip of the windshield that just flew out into the weeds; that’s gone for good). There are plenty of repair kits available to those who can’t or simply don’t want to bring their ride to a quick-fix shop. As with all of these things, we recommend you read all the instructions (yes, that’ll be a new experience for some of you) and take your time.

There is a point to be made that some shops and insurance companies will take care of this issue at no charge to the customer, “paying” the deductible in a byzantine blizzard of paperwork that sees no money out of your pocket. However, not everyone is #blessed with such coverage – they might be running a beater that’s in The Crusher’s nursery, and fixing this chip is the ticket to keeping it out of those cold steel jaws (and Johnny Law off your back) for a couple more months.

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1. Editor’s Pick: Rain-X 600001 Windshield Repair Kit

It’s tough to start a list like this with anything other than a very affordable kit from a well-known maker of glass products. Said to repair all types of laminated windshields by minimizing the appearance of chips, this product has been reviewed by over 16,000 people which is a very large sample size.

Not everyone was happy, borne out by the 18 percent of customers who gave this item a one- or two-star rating. Still, an examination of negative reviews seems to point to either unrealistic expectations or user error. In fact, the seller explicitly states that the crack vanishes when examined at a 45-degree angle and that poor resin is achieved when it is applied too quickly. This will apparently leave air pockets, a source of consternation for some complainants.

Pros

  • Affordable, includes the tools you need

Cons

  • Specific set of instructions to follow

Bottom Line

  • Don't color outside the lines in this instance

It’s tough to start a list like this with anything other than a very affordable kit from a well-known maker of glass products. Said to repair all types of laminated windshields by minimizing the appearance of chips, this product has been reviewed by over 16,000 people which is a very large sample size.

Not everyone was happy, borne out by the 18 percent of customers who gave this item a one- or two-star rating. Still, an examination of negative reviews seems to point to either unrealistic expectations or user error. In fact, the seller explicitly states that the crack vanishes when examined at a 45-degree angle and that poor resin is achieved when it is applied too quickly. This will apparently leave air pockets, a source of consternation for some complainants.

2. Permatex Windshield Repair Kit

Most of those who carped about the Rain-X kit recommended this stuff instead. Priced ever so slightly higher than the Rain-X kit listed above, Permatex is also a well-known brand that's been around this space for ages.

According to the bumf, this stuff makes a permanent air-tight repair of bullseye-style windshield damage measuring up to 1 1/4" on the round. It's a complete kit that provides everything needed for the repair including easy-to-follow instructions with photographs. Perhaps it's the latter that makes the kit easier to use for some folks.

Pros

  • Resin cures by natural sunlight

Cons

  • Potential for long shipping times

Bottom Line

  • Popular single-use kit

Most of those who carped about the Rain-X kit recommended this stuff instead. Priced ever so slightly higher than the Rain-X kit listed above, Permatex is also a well-known brand that's been around this space for ages.

According to the bumf, this stuff makes a permanent air-tight repair of bullseye-style windshield damage measuring up to 1 1/4" on the round. It's a complete kit that provides everything needed for the repair including easy-to-follow instructions with photographs. Perhaps it's the latter that makes the kit easier to use for some folks.

3. 3M Windshield Repair Kit

Here is another basic kit from a big manufacturer that uses glass resin to seal small bull’s eyes and chips to prevent spreading. Unlike most others on this list, this glass repair formula from the same company that brings us Post-It notes requires no special tools, mixing, or heat.

Perhaps it's this one-size-fits-most approach that hands the product a 3.6-out-of-5.0 star rating; though that's only a couple of decimal places lower than the Rain-X offering atop this list. As always, RTFM before diving into these types of repairs.

Pros

  • Includes all you need, oddly long return window

Cons

  • Not the best star rating

Bottom Line

  • Yet another option that's similar to the rest

Here is another basic kit from a big manufacturer that uses glass resin to seal small bull’s eyes and chips to prevent spreading. Unlike most others on this list, this glass repair formula from the same company that brings us Post-It notes requires no special tools, mixing, or heat.

Perhaps it's this one-size-fits-most approach that hands the product a 3.6-out-of-5.0 star rating; though that's only a couple of decimal places lower than the Rain-X offering atop this list. As always, RTFM before diving into these types of repairs.

4. Meidong Windshield Repair Kit

The company name of this product will go unmentioned in this overview, lest the repetition of its last four letters triggers some sort of NSFW filter for all you slackers who are reading this on a company laptop or through your work's internet. Perhaps it simply refers to the unit of currency in Vietnam.

Its seller says this is a new generation design with stronger construction and thicker rubber feet on the plastic tool to better secure the device to windshield glass. The auger can be "more easily placed" to help the resin evenly spread over the glass.

Pros

  • Results in 20 minutes

Cons

  • Lost-in-translation ad copy

Bottom Line

  • Don't say the company name aloud in the office

The company name of this product will go unmentioned in this overview, lest the repetition of its last four letters triggers some sort of NSFW filter for all you slackers who are reading this on a company laptop or through your work's internet. Perhaps it simply refers to the unit of currency in Vietnam.

Its seller says this is a new generation design with stronger construction and thicker rubber feet on the plastic tool to better secure the device to windshield glass. The auger can be "more easily placed" to help the resin evenly spread over the glass.

5. Blue-Star DIY Windshield Repair Kit - 2 Pack

Blue Star is a brand of beer in the land from which I hail but, apparently, it's also the name of a DIY windshield repair kit that costs roughly ten bucks. The company's copy editor must be an exuberant individual since the ad is full of exclamation points. Full of them! Really!

The kit doesn't come with a tripod style repair tool, instead relying on single-use round cups and an injector that looks for all the world like something one would find in a medicine cabinet. Some customers complained about its design but, for the most part, folks were happy enough given the price of it.

Pros

  • Very affordable, made in America

Cons

  • Some carping about syringe design

Bottom Line

  • Is "better than I thought" a compliment?

Blue Star is a brand of beer in the land from which I hail but, apparently, it's also the name of a DIY windshield repair kit that costs roughly ten bucks. The company's copy editor must be an exuberant individual since the ad is full of exclamation points. Full of them! Really!

The kit doesn't come with a tripod style repair tool, instead relying on single-use round cups and an injector that looks for all the world like something one would find in a medicine cabinet. Some customers complained about its design but, for the most part, folks were happy enough given the price of it.

6. Clearshield Professional Bridge for Auto Glass

To be clear, this is just one part of the entire arsenal of tools one will need to fix their windshield. However, we're including it as an example of the amount of money professional shops have sunk into their tools and why those facilities don't use the el-cheapo kits listed here.

The bridge itself is well over $100, with various o-rings and end seals costing extra. This doesn't account for the resin or other consumables used in the repair, not to mention the technician's time. Suddenly, a $50 deductible seems rather reasonable for those of us with full glass coverage.

Pros

  • Pro tools for the pro is a definite pro

Cons

  • Needs many more items to be useful

Bottom Line

  • Helps explain why this repair can be costly

To be clear, this is just one part of the entire arsenal of tools one will need to fix their windshield. However, we're including it as an example of the amount of money professional shops have sunk into their tools and why those facilities don't use the el-cheapo kits listed here.

The bridge itself is well over $100, with various o-rings and end seals costing extra. This doesn't account for the resin or other consumables used in the repair, not to mention the technician's time. Suddenly, a $50 deductible seems rather reasonable for those of us with full glass coverage.

7. AODA Car Windshield Repair Kit

Even though this product's name is ever so close to that of the actor who portrayed Hawkeye Pierce in M*A*S*H but there's no word if it can be found anywhere at Unit 4077. The kit contains 2 bottles of repair resin, good for a couple of jobs or as a cover if you screw up the first one.

The seller smartly notes that buyers must "read our instruction carefully before your repairing job." This is prescient since the majority of unhappy customers for some of the other kits on our list simply didn't RTFM and got mad when things went south.

Pros

  • Good price for two bottle of resin

Cons

  • Worrying language barrier in the ad copy

Bottom Line

  • Read the instructions!

Even though this product's name is ever so close to that of the actor who portrayed Hawkeye Pierce in M*A*S*H but there's no word if it can be found anywhere at Unit 4077. The kit contains 2 bottles of repair resin, good for a couple of jobs or as a cover if you screw up the first one.

The seller smartly notes that buyers must "read our instruction carefully before your repairing job." This is prescient since the majority of unhappy customers for some of the other kits on our list simply didn't RTFM and got mad when things went south.

8. Filba Car Windshield Repair Kit

Names given to off-brand products can sometimes be unintentionally hilarious (witness Meidong, above) but Filba simply sounds like some sort of health food cracker, the type people named Carmyn eat before getting on their bike and riding to the yoga studio.

As for the windshield repair kit at hand, it appears to be more of the same. Roughly 15 bucks in price, includes everything you need to carry out the repair and is the recipient of a decidedly lukewarm star rating. It seems that – as mentioned up top – taking one’s time and reading the instructions go a long way to success.

Pros

  • All-in-one kit, apparently good for 12-inch damage

Cons

  • Middling reviews (like most products here)

Bottom Line

  • Not a cracker!

Names given to off-brand products can sometimes be unintentionally hilarious (witness Meidong, above) but Filba simply sounds like some sort of health food cracker, the type people named Carmyn eat before getting on their bike and riding to the yoga studio.

As for the windshield repair kit at hand, it appears to be more of the same. Roughly 15 bucks in price, includes everything you need to carry out the repair and is the recipient of a decidedly lukewarm star rating. It seems that – as mentioned up top – taking one’s time and reading the instructions go a long way to success.

Windshield Repair Kit FAQs

I don't need this!

Maybe you don't, Mister Moneybags, but the college student or person just scraping by can certainly benefit from one of these kits should the need arise. An ounce of prevention in this instance can keep a chip from turning into a full-blown crack, the kind which can give Johnny Law just the excuse he needs to pull you over.

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What's the difference between all these kits?

Quality of their contents, it would seem. Ones hawked by brand name companies might cost a bit more but it seems - for the most part - there's a good reason. The result of a job is often dependent on the tools being used, so shoddy plastics and subpar resin aren't going to help matters halfway through one of these repairs.

Did you really make that Dad Joke in the headline?

The glass one, yes; but credit for the 'pane' pun must go to a TTAC commenter who chimed in during prior coverage of this product. See? We read your comments. Sometimes.

Any other advice?

Read the instructions, take your time, and read the instructions. Did we mention you really need to read the instructions? And stop following that service truck too closely!

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(Editor’s note: This post is meant to both help you be an informed shopper for automotive products but also to pay for our [s]‘90s sedan shopping habits[/s] operating expenses. Some of you don’t find these posts fun, but they help pay for Junkyard Finds, Rare Rides, Rental Reviews, and whatever else. Thanks for reading.)

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  • FreedMike FreedMike on Feb 24, 2021

    A couple of years back, I had a loaner from the Audi dealership - an A5 coupe, as I recall - and took it out for a bit of back-road calisthenics, only to get a big-a** rock in the windshield, courtesy of a dump truck. I have glass coverage on my car, but I never heard back from the dealer and they never filed a claim with my insurance. Most strange.

  • Vulpine Vulpine on Feb 24, 2021

    Personally don't trust any of them. Doesn't matter who has done it or how, I've still had to have the windshield replaced within a year of receiving a chip noticeable enough to need glass repair.

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