Removing scratches from windshield.

Removing scratches from windshield.

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klaudmjj

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55 posts

8 months

Saturday 24th October
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Recently I got very annoyed with the water etching on my windscreen, I tried multiple glass cleaners and the water and vinegar method to get rid of the water etching and nothing worked.
So I went to the kitchen and picked up a stainless steel scourer to try to get rid of the water etching.
I sprayed on the water and vinegar mixture onto my windscreen and started scrubbing with it. It got rid of the majority of the water etching but left me with scratches on my windscreen everywhere. Mistakes were made, I thought the glass was quite hard to scratch but I guess steel is higher up on the hardness scale.

Anyways, any ideas on how to remove the scratches? Heard that toothpaste and baking soda might work, but is that a permanent solution?

snoopy25

1,147 posts

79 months

Saturday 24th October
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klaudmjj said:
So I went to the kitchen and picked up a stainless steel scourer to try to get rid of the water etching.
Wwhhaaattt?!? hehe

I'd suggest new windscreen on your insurance lol

Ussrcossack

43 posts

1 month

Saturday 24th October
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As above

juice

6,112 posts

241 months

Saturday 24th October
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I'd have a try with something like this with some pads first

https://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/carpro-ceriglass-po...

Haltamer

1,519 posts

39 months

Saturday 24th October
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Cerium oxide glass polish should do the trick.

dontlookdown

225 posts

52 months

Saturday 24th October
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You can get windscreen polishing kits that use a special abrasive compound and a polishing mop in an electric drill. Classic car peeps use them to get the scratches out of old windscreens that are unobtainable/v expensive.

They do work, up to a point, but are quite messy and time consuming. You have to mask off a lot of paint as the compound goes everywhere. And any scratches you can feel with a thumbnail will only be reduced rather than eliminated. A new windscreen is prob the best option if possible.

dontlookdown

225 posts

52 months

Saturday 24th October
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Beaten to it;)

bluezedd

765 posts

41 months

Saturday 24th October
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I've heard #0000 steel wool is good but I just used those magic erasers and glass cleaner for mine as I already had it.

The use of steel scourer though is concerning though.

ddom

2,132 posts

7 months

Saturday 24th October
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'Windshield'

No.

klaudmjj

Original Poster:

55 posts

8 months

Saturday 24th October
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The scratches are not deep at all, they disappear when it rains, only really visible when there is light shining on it.

What about any glass polish from Halfords?

Edited by klaudmjj on Saturday 24th October 15:12

Short Grain

1,331 posts

179 months

Saturday 24th October
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Haltamer said:
Cerium oxide glass polish should do the trick.
This should do it. Cerium Oxide was sold for gemstone polishing when I worked for a lapidary company years ago.

Glassman

20,954 posts

174 months

Sunday 25th October
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snoopy25 said:
I'd suggest new windscreen on your insurance lol
Insurance policies don't usually cover cosmetic damage.

Lord Marylebone

11,394 posts

139 months

Monday 26th October
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A friend of mine does automotive glass repair, and part of his work is polishing out scratches on glass, but he won't polish marks out of windscreens because he says it leaves a 'wobbly patch' on the glass which is really annoying to look through.

All I'm saying is, be very careful if you try to use glass polishing equipment as you could make it worse.

Jimboka

9,555 posts

163 months

Monday 9th November
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If you can feel the scratches with finger nail, no amount of expensive products will fix it, in my experience.