How do you remove scratches from a car’s windshield?

12/07/2018
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When a reckless person causes a graze on your car’s body paint, do you go haywire? And, how do you feel when you discover scratches on your car’s windshield?

Many car owners and drivers do not even realize that scratches on the windshield is dangerous and can get worse to even cause a possible accident. So, the questions are: Can it be removed? How do you remove scratches from a car’s windshield? Well, Naijauto.com realizes the need to provide useful answers to these questions, that’s why we have prepared this brief How-to article for your education. Patiently read on.

1. Removing scratches from a car’s windshield [How-to guide]

We mentioned above that scratches on the windshield can cause an accident but some people will sure doubt it. We’ll explain better now how bad things can get. The sight/vision of a vehicle driver at any given driving time is highly important for staying on track but a cut or scuff on the windshield can easily obstruct the driver sight and confuse him/her sometimes. As a matter of fact, even the tiniest, slimmest hairline crack on the windshield can later turn into a complete laceration as time goes on. And once that happens to your car, the only option you will be left with is to replace your windscreen completely, which is nowhere near being a cheap car part replacement. You have to prepare yourself to spend a ton of money which you might have never planned for.

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Small cracks and scratches can lead to a complete laceration later if unattended to

But, guess what? With some few steps, you can just fix that little crack or chip and prevent it from getting bigger to the extent of getting out of hands. Yes, that’s right. Although, you should also know that any deep graze that is more than, say 50 microns, might not be possible to repair with these simple techniques. So, how will you know if a crack is technically fixable by you? Well, it’s a very simple thing to figure out. All you need to do is to just check the crack with your hands, move your finger around the surface of the windshield and check to see if it catches your fingernails. And if it does, then that is too deep a crack to be fixed at home. But if it does not catch your fingernails, then please go ahead with our step by step guide below to fix it your self at home. Follow these steps:

1.1. Removing light and simple scratches

The easiest solution to remove scratches from a car’s windshield is by using an acrylic scratch remover. Use it to fill in a light crack or scuff. How do you actually apply and use this? First, get a super fine sandpaper of about 600 grit or a wet microfiber cloth. Then apply the acrylic scratch remover to the areas affected on your windshield and then rub with that super fine sandpaper or wet microfiber cloth. After the rubbing and the windshield is now dry, the result you will get is a protective layer concealing the scratches or cracks and looking transparent.

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Hard clothing materials should not be used in rubbing the windshield when removing scratches

Even though the above process that we explained seemed simple enough, the only drawback we have noticed is that the acrylic scratch remover is not one which could be easily found in local stores around. So, a better alternative is a glass scrub liquid product. Even though the glass scrub products are meant for removing persistent grimes and stain, they still work fine for easily fixing light cracks and scratches on the windscreen of a vehicle.

The process of removing the cracks is the same when using this glass scrub product as well. What you do is, wrap your hand in a wet microfiber towel or cloth, pour some glass scrub liquid on the towel, then rub the affected area on your windscreen with it. If the crack is extended to a large area, start from a small section and keep fixing it each section at a time while maintaining an even pressure all through the rubbing process.

How to Get Scratches Out of Your Windshield

1.2. Removing deep cracks and scratches

The kind of deep cracks/scratches that we refer to here are the ones less than 50 microns which are already deeper than a light graze. So, when it comes to fixing deep cracks or scratches, a great solution is cerium oxide. This chemical ingredient has a low-abrasive nature which makes it mainly used in the jewelry and ceramics industries. It is very good for polishing glass, ceramic and metal items.

The process of fixing deep scratches with this cerium oxide involves; adding water to the powdered chemical to make it turn pasty with a sort of semi-liquid consistency in feel. Then, applying the pasty chemical to the scratched/affected area on the windshield. Naijauto advises that you use a hand drill which has a polishing wheel with attached hard rubber in this scenario. You should use this hand drill to polish those areas where you have initially applied the cerium oxide paste. This whole process should be carried out with patience and no rush as well as consistently applying the chemical paste and polishing too. Take extra caution about the consistency of the pasty mixture as well as the amount of pressure being applied by the drill during the process. If done right, you should get a scratch-free and clean windscreen that will now provide you a clear vision as you are driving.

Conclusion

At this stage, we believe any reader should have answers to the question: How do you remove scratches from a car’s windshield? Yes, the above guide might seem too simple and not look like something that could work and fix stuff for you just like that. Well, we advise that you try it out first and you can thank us later. Because, if you really followed these simple process/techniques, you can easily get fix small cracks and scratches on your windshield and save your windshield from further cracking which will lead to eventual replacement later on.

We hope you enjoyed this short How-to guide from us. You can check out our other interesting and useful car maintenance tips and advice. Goodluck!

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