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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-23-2003, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Scratched Windshield.... repairable?

Well, I didn't really notice this until the first time I washed my car and tried to clean the windows (it was kinda dirty when i bought it and it just looked like some dirt the wipers had pushed up) but somewhere along the line one of the wipers scratched a nice arc in my windshield. I know its not the current Bosch blades that are on it, because the scratch is about 1/4 inch farther out than these reach. Here are some pics:





its not all that terribly bad, but do they make anything that could atleast help get rid of that a little bit? I've also noticed some scratches on my side windows from rolling up/down.. :(

Any help would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-23-2003, 11:54 PM
 
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If the scratch isn't too deep, than yes there are products that can fix them. I just can't remember what they are called.
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lol, thanks warlord -- i've had this post up for 4 days over on the Strat boards with no replys yet... and this hasn't even been up for an hour here.

Thats whats so great about DI.net... so i'll have to stick around here even though i'm gettin rid of the Trep
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rather than trying to fix it yourself take a ride to your local glass shop and have them look at it, repairs like that aren't usually too pricey and they will guarantee the work
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Depending on how bad it is there are a few options. Some minor scratches can actually be taken out with very, very fine steel wool and Windex (works great on road grime also). Others you have to get more aggressive with. If you have an electric drill or rotary buffer you can get a pretty nice DIY window polishing system here:

http://www.properautocare.com/glaspolkit.html

Otherwise, a glass shop should easilly be able to buff that scratch out...
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. If you have an electric drill or rotary buffer you can get a pretty nice DIY window polishing system here:

http://www.properautocare.com/glaspolkit.html

Otherwise, a glass shop should easilly be able to buff that scratch out...
Would an electric drill spin fast enough to use that? It only mentions high speed buffers/polishers.

I've also seen these 2 on Ebay, but dont know how good they are. The second one says to use a drill with it, but dont know how good it would be on scratches... but then again, it says it has a money back guarantee.... any thoughts?


http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...&category=1467

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=43998
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An electric drill should spin faster than a polisher. This isn't necessarilly a good thing either. In their section on polishing paint using a drill vs. a polisher they say that a cordless drill is best as it doesn't spin as fast and should be used on the lower speed setting. I would think if you're careful you could use a drill with this kit as well. You could always call them up and get their opinion. The one time I spoke to someone there they were really nice and knowledgable...
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The pictures show a scuff, not a scratch, so yes, it's quite possible to polish it out.
(A scratch is also removable but you have to sand down to the bottom of the scratch to remove it, then polish. The process will leave serious distortion in the view through it.)
There's a brown abrasive powder available to the glass trade for that. It can be used with a felt pad wet or dry. The speed of a polisher comes into play if it's too fast, the heat generated will burn rings into the glass surface.
Any drill will have reduction gears down to 300-500 rpm which is ok.
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