So I read online around April 1st that you
can fix a cracked cell phone using a windshield repair kit. Naturally, even though it was
April 1st I was intrigued and I decided to try it on my own. Even if it didn’t end
up fixing the cell phone, at least I got to learn the basics of car windshield repair.
The iPhone 5C is 100% functional except for the cracked glass on top of the screen. The
repair kit comes with glass resin and plastic shields that help the resin cure smoothly
over the crack in the windshield. First I’m going to go ahead and clean the screen off.
The point of windshield repair is to get the resin in-between the glass chunks inside the
glass itself and this makes the crack effectively disappear. Normally on a car you would use
some suction cups and a pressure pump to squirt the resin down into the chip or crack, but
with a cell phone, the added pressure might crack the LCD. So I tried to “v” down
into the crack with a little razor blade hoping that the resin would absorb in. Once the resin
is applied, I can put the plastic curing strips over the top. This helps cure the glue when
placed under sunlight. With UV light from the sun, the glue will dry or cure within
5 or 10 minutes. With this UV light from my shop it will only take about 2 or 3 minutes
to cure. After the glue is cured, you can peel off the plastic and scrape the hardened
resin off with a razor blade. The windshield resin did not hide the cracks completely,
but it did make the cracks much smoother. It also made the phone smell toxic, so that’s
a plus with holding it up to your face. So it looks like the myth is more or less busted.
A windshield repair kit works well on windshields, but not on a cell phone. One thing I would
do differently if I try to do this again is see if I can get more pressure on the glue
to force it down inside of the crack and help it hide there. Either way it was a fun project.
I learned something new and hopefully you did too. Hit that “subscribe” button if
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