Truths You Ought To Know About Windshield Repair Work Resins

Understanding the science behind a windshield break and fracture; how a windshield is made and the resins created to fix windscreens are important for anybody in the windscreen repair work industry to know. Contact Chicago windshield repair company.

This deep understanding of windscreen repair work chemistry will assist you to buy better resin and relay to your customers that you are the specialist they should trust to repair their safety device.

An adhesive is a compound that bonds surfaces together.

The resin in polymer chemistry is a liquid substance that is convertible into polymers. A polymer is a large molecule and/or lots of monomers. A monomer is a little particle that has the ability to bond into long chains to identical or different particles to form a polymer. Resins are mixtures of monomers and polymers that can be natural or artificial substances. The connecting of monomers is called polymerization.

There are two standard kinds of adhesive bonds- mechanical and chemical.

A chemical bond is where the adhesive (resin) has an inter-molecular interaction with the substrate (glass).

A mechanical bond is where the adhesive bond is by force and/or by overfilling the area with adhesive and then treating or interlocking mechanically to the surface area(s) all without a molecular interaction.


– the atoms of the resin connecting with the atoms of the glass which develops a chemical bond.


– the adhesion or bond of the resin to the glass. Adhesive strength is the strength of the resin’s bond to the glass which can be determined by a lab test. Adhesive failure is when the resin separates from the glass.

When there is a space a greater viscosity-thicker resin will provide more cohesive strength than a low viscosity-thinner resin. Cohesive failure is when the resin pulls apart or splits apart in the middle with resin remaining on the glass.

Shrinking produces residual stress within the structure (cured resin). Low viscosity resins shrink more than high viscosity due to the fact that of the mixture having more monomer than polymer (oligomer).

Wetting is when the liquid adhesive has the ability to keep contact with the substrate by molecular interaction; meaning the molecules of the resin can link to the particles of the glass. It happens since of intermolecular forces between the resin and the glass surface.

Wicking is the capability of a liquid (resin) to stream into the tiny crevices and craters on the surface area of the glass without the help of an outside force such as gravity. Wicking is really essential for good adhesion. With windshield chip repair wicking is helped by both the vacuum and pressure cycle(s) of a windscreen repair injector.

High Energy Surfaces versus Low Energy Surfaces

– High energy surfaces are strong solid difficult surface areas where the bonds that hold them together are very strong such as glass, ceramic and metal. These high strength chemical bonds are called covalent, ionic or metallic. Low energy surfaces are soft, warp or bend quickly such as PVB. Liquid adhesives are also low energy, they can damp and bond much easier to high energy surface areas than they do to low energy surfaces. Two low energy surfaces do not bond well.

The resin (low energy) is more drawn into the glass than it is to the PVB. Resin moistens the glass however not the PVB. This stress will trigger the resin to pull back and off of the PVB upon treating when the resin begins to shrink as it cross-links to itself and the glass.

The method used by the majority of with a stone-break repair to cure this deficiency is to treat with the injector in the pressure mode (cure under pressure) to create an overfill in the void, which makes up for shrinkage and requires a bond onto the PVB. With a fracture repair which is appeared the resin can not diminish more than 1-2% and needs to be mechanical enough to sit tight upon treating which is the case with Ultra Bond Crack Repair Resins. The cure of shrinkage and surface area stress in cracks was patented by me, Richard Campfield, and is the multi-viscosity Ultra Bond technique with the Ultra Bond custom fracture resins.

If the surface stress is not dealt with by the repair system/process the resin can separate from the PVB down the roadway from temperature change and bring backspace in between the resin and the PVB even if it is not noticeable after treating. This void will refract and the repair work will no longer pass the ROLAGS.

UV Cure Speed Slow curing (2-5 minutes) manages shrinkage and residual tension. Curing too quick causes more shrinkage and more tension causing breaks in the polymer chain, worried cross-links, and stranded molecules. The bright side about this is you do not require pricey high-speed treating lights. Ultra Bond utilizes photoinitiators that cure with Sunlight and economical low watt treating lights which produce a much better end product.


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