Repairing a Plastic or Acrylic Windshield: Expert Tips and Techniques

When it comes to repairing a plastic or acrylic windshield, there are certain techniques that should be followed to ensure the best results. To start, apply a thin layer of Buff Magic with a splinter brush or towel. This product is designed to be used sparingly, so a little goes a long way. Once the Buff Magic is on the windshield, use a dual-action polisher and a Buff Magic composite foam pad to work the product into the surface.

This will help to eliminate small scratches and fogging. It's important to evaluate the type of windshield damage suffered before attempting to repair it. Factors such as size and location will be taken into consideration by technicians when determining whether a chip can be repaired or if the windshield needs to be replaced. If the occupant hits the windshield, the glass surrounding the repair may decay and the acrylic will not form a “sword”, potentially causing additional damage.

Therefore, it's best to consult an expert when it's time to repair the windshield. Windshield repair resin is designed to have the same refractive index as the windshield glass itself. This helps to reduce any distortion that may occur after a repair, even if it's within the driver's main viewing area (DPVA). However, repairing a UTV windshield can be more complicated than polishing something like a scratch on its helmet. According to the Automotive Laminated Glass Repair Standard (ROLAGS), there are six basic types of damage with different repair standards.