The Kind of Windshield Repair You Need Depends On The Type of Damage to Your Windshield

For a new car owner, there is nothing more frustrating than the first sign of damage especially when it occurs to the windshield of your brand new car. Unfortunately, windshield repair is something that every car owner has to face at some point, no matter how careful he or she is. Windshield cracks occur when an object of a certain weight or texture hits your windshield at a particular speed. Cracks can occur when your car is moving, or when it is stationary.  The type of windshield damage and whether you should opt for windshield repair or auto glass replacement depend on the object that hits your screen, its speed and the quality of your windshield.
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There are several types of windshield damage. Some can be temporarily fixed at home with a little know-how, while others require professional auto glass replacement. Cracks are a common type of windshield damage. Cracks can be straight or jagged and these lines can be isolated in a small section of your windscreen or spread across the entire windscreen. Even if a crack is small, you should not ignore it since it can spread. A deep crack can go through the windscreen, but a superficial one will only be on the top of the windscreen.

Some other types of damage, which require windshield repair, are ‘Starbreaks’, ‘Bull’s Eyes’ and ‘Chips’. With a Starbreak crack, the lines extend outwards from the point of impact, while Bull’s Eye cracks feature cracks in circular shapes, looking very much like a target. These two types of cracks are more serious types of windshield damage because they damage the strength of the glass in many areas. If you have this type of damage, you should probably take your car to a windshield repair specialist as soon as possible.

On the other hand, chips are less serious and may not require immediate attention from windshield repair specialists. A chip is a dent in the surface of your windscreen. However, since chips can grow into cracks due to moisture and movement, you should seal the chip to prevent further damage. This can be done at home using a DIY windshield repair kit that you can buy for $10 or less at any auto supply store.  Follow the instructions closely and try to do this as soon as you can. If left unattended, a chip can grow into a very serious crack and a trip to an auto glass replacement centre will be unavoidable.

In the past, damage to your windshield often meant that you would have to replace the entire screen at an auto glass replacement centre. Old glass repair techniques and technology did not produce the flawless results that are attainable these days, so many drivers had to pay the high price of replacing their windshields. Knowing how to apply ‘first-aid’ to your windshield can greatly reduce the potential spreading of a chip or crack. In addition, a quick follow up visit to a reputable windshield repair centre can help prevent further damage and you may even get away without replacing the windshield of your car.

Go Faster Stripes. Do They Really Work?

There was a saying around years ago, when I wore a younger man’s clothes “Go faster stripes don’t actually make your car go faster, but it looks like you are going faster”.

Cars like the Mini Cooper S, or the Mustang, or Monaro – all looked like stock cars when tricked up to have the appeal or appearance of a street racer. They usually consisted of a black and white stripe combination that went from front to back of the car.

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On the bonnet, over the roof and through to the boot.

They were typically hand painted stripes and made your car like “tricked up”, which today would be described as “pimped up” or simply “pimped”. Back then hand spray painting cars was how you did it, it was time consuming and required the skills of a spray painter.

Today when you want to add something like “Go Faster Stripes”, you would typically use an adhesive based vinyl transfer. Vehicle graphics for advertising purposes are now able to be applied with this process that is described as a vehicle wrap.

red bull vehicle graphics - full body wrapFull Car Vehicle Wraps

Special effects or custom paint affects can often be achieved by using a full car body wrap, that is both faster and less expensive spray painting the car completely. A typical effect you see on some commercial vehicles such as the Red Bull mobile DJ four by fours, have a mat black treatment with the Red Bull logo and branding applied on top of this.

But Do They Make You Go Faster?

Now back to our original question, can go faster stripes actually make your car go faster or is it all for show? Let’s be real, wouldn’t it be better to appearing to go faster without actually going faster? Think of the lower numbers of speeding fines you would be paying. Back before speed camera’s and to a lesser extent speed radars, the safety aspect of driving within the speed limits still applied, just as it does today.

Vehicle wraps and graphics may not actually make you go faster but if they are applied to your branded company vehicles, such as your trade vans, it just might make your brand gain more recognition, which will indeed give you a greater boost to your speed of growing your company faster.

Now if we are to consider the aspect of how a graphic can indeed make a car look like it is going faster, all we need do is take a look at the image below:

go faster stripesGo faster stripes work visually, as like the background in the image above, they look like speed lines or blurred scenery passing by. So although the speedometer is saying the same thing, to all and sundry as you go by, it will look like you are “speeding” by.

Now just make sure you do have this effect on an old school policeman parked behind a roadside billboard.