Chips and cracks in the windscreen are certainly never ideal. But some of these are easier to repair, and cause less damage than others. Unfortunately, a star chip does not fall into this category. But what is this type of chip? And when can it be repaired? Well, here at Red Rose Windscreens, we are Preston’s leading windscreen repair experts. And this is our guide to everything you should know about star chips.
What are star chips?
Star chips on the windscreen are usually formed by an impact to the windscreen, such as a piece of gravel. This impact chips the windscreen, and creates several different cracks leading outwards from the central chip itself.
Why is it important to repair star chips on the windscreen?
Star chips on the windscreen can be one of the most dangerous types of windscreen chip, because of the way the cracks spread, and the speed at which the cracks spread too. These cracks can be very susceptible to spreading and cracking further in cold and freezing temperatures, as well as from road vibrations. As a result, it is essential to have this issue repaired and resolved as quickly as possible.
When can windscreen star chips be repaired?
Star chips on the windscreen can be replaced when:
- it’s smaller than a £2 coin
- it’s further than 7cm away from the edge of the windscreen
- it’s not in the drivers line of sight
In which circumstances can star chips not be repaired?
Your star chip cannot be repaired if it does not comply with any of the above rules. This is because chips and cracks that are too large compromise the structural integrity and safety of the windscreen, so any repair would potentially “collapse in” after driving for a short while.
For professional windscreen repair that you can rely on, get in touch with the experts today, here at Red Rose Windscreens.