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So I parked my car under a tree yesterday, and it rained. The tree dropped tons of stuff on my car, but I figured it could wait until I washed it the next day. I drove to work (using the windshield wipers, since it was still raining) and when I washed the car this morning, I found a HUGE scratch along the entire left hand side of the windshield. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I must have had something caught under the wiper and it continuously scratched the window. I've tried every type of wax, polish, rubbing compound, goo gone and paint thinner I have, and nothing has worked. The scratches are not deep at all (you can't even feel them) but they are RIDICULOUSLY obvious when looking through the windshield. Do I need to replace my windshield now, or is there another way? Any suggestions?
 

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Re: Windshield scratch, any ideas? (S40Racer)

You could try this <A HREF="http://www.essortment.com/hobbies/diyhowtorepai_sggt.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.essortment.com/hobb...t.htm</A>, buy a scratch remover kit from the autoparts store or try a automotive glass repair shop. <p>I've tried the scratch remover kits before and never had any success.
 

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I'm not sure if a scratch repair and a crack / chip repair is the same at the repair shop. I've seen a chip repair done at the repair shop and all they do is to put something in to actually preserve the structural integrity of the glass. The chip is still visible just that is would not extend any further.
 

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There are products you can get to polish the glass, but like paint, you need to actually remove a tiny bit of the material to get it smooth again. Its basically like meguiars scratchX for glass, not sure what the best product is, but there are products that work, you would apply them with a machine though most likely. Ive been planning on doing this because of the wicked sand pitting my windshield has gotten here in AZ <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I decided to pull the trigger on this kit:<p><A HREF="http://www.glassscratch.co.uk/how-use.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.glassscratch.co.uk/how-use.htm</A><p>If it works out, I'll let everyone know... it's one of those things that you never really think about until it happens. Looks like I drew the short straw this time.
 

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Hope it works! But removing glass and paint is a different thing. Removing abit of paint to cover the scratch is fine as there could be a few layers of paint. But for glass, wont it become like a concave lens? ie Like eye glasses instead of for normal vision.
 

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Re: Windshield scratch, any ideas? (S40Racer)

I would recommend you to ask at any optics/eyeglasses store for the product they use to remove scratches from lenses and eyeglasses.<p>That's the safest way i guess.<br> <p>
 

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Did you try clay baring it? I did my windshield and it made a big difference, not sure on scratches, though.
 

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Re: Windshield scratch, any ideas? (S40Racer)

Jewlers rouge will work. It usually has corundum oxide which has a Mohs hardness of 9 where glass is a 7. that or a very fine ceramic dust will also do the trick. <p>I may have some powdered corundum oxide available if you need it as I do a ton of rock polishing (I know but I am a geeky geologist). Or if you have any hobby shop around get some rock polishing compound mix with water to make a paste, rub it on a small section of glass, then clean glass with glass cleaner.<p>
 

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Re: Windshield scratch, any ideas? (Bigblk4)

Hobby shop? Perfect. I really don't care how much money I spend right now, I just want this scratch GONE! I will check for a shop near me right now. I'll let you guys know how it goes... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Windshield scratch, any ideas? (S40Racer)

there are usually several "grit" types for jewelers rouge. Too fine a grit and you will be polishing for days with no success, to coarse and you will leave it hazed. I would suggest doing it in stages if the scratches are deep. A dremel if you got it can save you some time as well.<br>Todd
 

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Same as paint. If you can feel it with your fingernail, it's not coming out. Even with polishing, something moderately scratched on glass I can imagine would still show up.
 

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I feel your pain. I used an ice scraper on the hatch glass of my C30 last winter and it left a *ton* of scratches in the crappy cut rate OEM glass. I have no idea what to do about it other than buy new glass and never use an ice scraper again.
 

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Well, I spent the better part of the morning with jewelers rouge and some elbow grease... no luck. The scratches were way worse than I though they were. SUPER lame. I have an appointment for between 9 and 12 tomorrow to get it replaced with factory glass. They come to my house, and back it up with a lifetime warranty for 365 after tax. Big pain in the rear end, especially for something that really wasn't my fault. I'm all for paying for the mistakes I make, but this was TOTALLY out of my hands. I'll know better next time...
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>S40Racer</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Well, I spent the better part of the morning with jewelers rouge and some elbow grease... no luck. The scratches were way worse than I though they were. SUPER lame. I have an appointment for between 9 and 12 tomorrow to get it replaced with factory glass. They come to my house, and back it up with a lifetime warranty for 365 after tax. Big pain in the rear end, especially for something that really wasn't my fault. I'm all for paying for the mistakes I make, but this was TOTALLY out of my hands. I'll know better next time...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>You may want to file a claim with insurance, act of nature will be around $100 deductible.
 

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hmmmm.... decent idea. My insurance agent hates getting calls from me though. It's always "I don't think I should have to pay this much, why don't you re-evaluate my rates" or "sooo, we're going to need to add another car to the policy" <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I'll give him a call though. 240 bucks is definitely worth 3 minutes of my time
 

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Re: Windshield scratch, any ideas? (S40Racer)

Really , Really Watch the Window Guys as They can ***** Your Car Up.<p>They do make an Optical Buff Kit and It takes a lot of Patience's<br>and Three Buffs at Least with 3 differant Compounds and You will still have an Optical Issues ( with anything Deeper then a Slight Finger Nail Catch )<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><br>ps: So If It's In an Area they Your Eyes don't use much , It's a Possible.<br>the Entire Trick is to Keep the - Stuff Wet Wet Wet , during Buff .
 

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Re: Windshield scratch, any ideas? (EngTech)

Guy seems to know what he's doing, other than bringing the wrong glass... He's on his way back from the warehouse right now with the right glass, and will be installing it shortly... I'll definitely keep an eye on him, since he claimed he could have it done in about 20 minutes! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Anyway, has anyone ever had their windshield replaced (not only on the S40, but any car). Do I need to let it bake like a window tint, or is it ready to hit the road the minute he says done??
 

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Re: Windshield scratch, any ideas? (S40Racer)

Okay, it's all done. I'm just letting it bake in right now... the guy said that the windshield showed signs of being replaced before, so now I don't feel so guilty about totally ripping my car apart. Lifetime warranty against leaks and stuff, so I hope that I can simply put this behind me...
 
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