Mobile Home Window Repair: When The Chips Are Down
Teenagers tossing the pigskin in the house, birds not sure if the window is open, some bumbling soul who drank too much eggnog. What do these all have in common? They are all a danger to your windows. Don’t let a chipped window get you down. You can fix it, and we will tell you how in this mobile home window repair guide.
The danger of chipped windows
But, maybe you are the “go with the flow” kind of person. “A little chip never hurt anyone,” is what you are thinking. Change that thinking! Chips can spread over time, so your single chip will eventually become a large crack. Chips can grow due to high winds, rain, ice, shifting of the mobile home, pressure from opening and closing, etc. The longer you leave chips, the more the structural integrity of your window declines.
Chipped mobile home window repair process
Now, let’s pack up our chip-fixing toolbox. You’ll need:
– Alcohol pad
– Plastic syringe
– Safety razor
– Sewing or push pin
– Tube of glass resin
– Windshield glass repair kit, consisting of a round, adhesive pad and a plastic adapter.
First, you need to take the chipped window out of the frame. Technically, you could repair the chip while the window is still in the frame, but you will have more success with the whole process if the window pane is flat.
Second, you’ll want to clear out the little pieces of broken glass in the chip. Use a pin to poke inside the chip and dislodge any loose glass particles.
Third, clean out the chip with the alcohol pad. Gently rub the pad both inside of the chip and the outer edge of the chip to remove any dirt. Do not apply too much pressure because you can crack the window.
Fill-in the chip
Fourth, once the alcohol on the window has dried, remove one side of the adhesive pad and firmly press it onto the window. Hole in the middle of the pad should align with the center of the chip. Smooth it so that there are no air bubbles.
Fifth, remove the backing on the adhesive pad facing upward, and press in the plastic adapter into the hole of the pad. Give it a few minutes before the next step; this allows the adapter to adhere to the pad.
Sixth, Squeeze the glass resin into the adapter.
Seventh, take the syringe and insert only the tip into the adapter. Pull the plunger towards yourself and hold the syringe in place for about a minute.
Eighth, after you have held the plunger, let it go, and it will snap down. This pressure from the syringe will force the resin down into the deepest parts of the chip. Do step 7 & 8 multiple times. Then you will leave the syringe in the “down” position for right around 20 minutes.
Finishing it up
Ninth, take out the syringe and begin removing the adhesive pad with your safety razor. Be careful not to scratch the glass! (If you do, here’s how you can get rid of it.)
Lastly, put a very small squeeze of resin in the center of the chip and use the razor to make sure the chip is filled and level. Take a step back, grab yourself a drink, and relax while the resin dries. Do not touch it until the drying process is complete.
Your window is whole once again! Put it back in the frame, give it a clean, and enjoy seeing life through a whole new “point of view.”